15 October 2008

Thrill seekers in NZ given a unique new windmill ride

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In the lower North Island of New Zealand, a group from the Manawatu town of Foxton has said they are introducing brand new thrill to excite the tens of thousands of adventure seekers trudging around the country every year.

According to a press release, the town's local windmill will become the source of the new excitement, which is to host adrenaline junkies on its 32-metre high blades.  By Christmas this year, thrill seekers will flock to the coastal town to be strapped in and spun around in a 360-degree spin.

A volunteer group spearheaded the idea after recent events inspired them in Amsterdam, where a mannequin was strapped to a windmill during a festival.  Volunteer manager Dave Pilgrim said the event attracted much interest amongst people of all ages. 

"It was not just young ones who were interested.  We were really surprised by the number of 80-year-olds keen to have a go,'' Pilgrim said.

"A lot of people come to New Zealand to do things like bungy jumping.  It has become a thrill-adventure destination.  This will provide the country with a new extreme sports attraction."

The mill riders will receive a T-shirt and optional video of their ride for $75-$100, and will have the option of being strapped in upside down.  From the high point of the windmill's turning circle, the riders will be able to see miles of farmland, coastal scenery and mountain ranges.

New Zealand is internationally recognised as being an adventure capital of the world, and traditionally most thrill seekers find their adrenaline rushes in Queenstown, in New Zealand's South Island. 

After Australians and Kiwis, backpacking Brits are the largest group of adrenaline junkies in search of the next big ride in New Zealand.  A report from New Zealand’s Labour Department showed that around 10,000 British residents took advantage of the working holiday visa to New Zealand during 2007.  British nationals on a New Zealand working holiday visa can work and holiday in the country for up to 12 months, and then apply for an 11-month extension.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.

Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

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