You, Me & Northland “Cool stuff” *** Flying Kiwi Parasail ***

The Flying Kiwi boats are moored at the Paihia Wharf, and we had walked past them so many times, but this time decided we had to give parasailing a try. They found spaces for the two of us, and we joined the other 6 people, then we sped off out into the bay.

Like everyone else on board, we had opted for the Tandem Sail. When our turn came around, we climbed into our harnesses, and clambered on to the rear launch platform. Sitting on the soft deck, we were hooked onto the parasail, then the boat throttled, and we were lifted gently into the air.

Higher and higher, we climbed into the blue sky, until the boat was just a tiny spec at the end of our cable. This is New Zealand’s highest Parasail, taking us 1300 feet up (that’s around 400 metres), then we  levelled out and just floated with the whole of the Bay of Islands, the jewel of Northland, glistening below us.

The view was magnificent! So peaceful, with the activity of Paihia too far below to hear a sound. For ten glorious minutes we drank in the scenery, flying high with the birds, our feet tingling as they swung in mid-air. Then, the cabled slowly winched us down to land seamlessly back on the boat, and head back to shore.

What an awesome experience! Flying Kiwi Parasail. Bucket list….ticked!

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Oh my gosh, we all had a fantastic day out. Thank you so much. I really didn’t expect to like all those weird and wonderful snacks during the "Curious Food Train" activity, and didn’t think they would all participate. The staff all keep thanking us for such a great day. Looking forward to next years event!