Taupo is a geothermal wonderland - though I could picture Craters of the Moon literally once being a large paddock until developers realised people would pay money to walk in this paddock. You could say it was the perfect place to be on a cold winter’s day - after ten minutes of walking I was breaking into a sweat and by the time I reached the lookout, I wished I was wearing shorts.
“Smile!” shouted my tandem master, Mike, as my feet dangled over the edge of the plane. In that split second I was nervously excited as I looked down at Lake Taupo. Before I could change my mind, I was already free falling from 15,000 feet. The cold air hit my face, rushed through my windpipe and into lungs. I could only describe the feeling as everything my logical brain should tell me not to do, yet I did it anyway. Rebel.