Amit Doshi - “The New Zealand Diary 2.0: The Kiwi Sports Adventure ”

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Amit Doshi

Amit is a MBA Post-Graduate from University of Otago (New Zealand) and Duke University (USA). He also holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is a Globe Trotter, Sports Adventurer, Travel Blogger, Marketer, Math Geek, Volunteer for Social Causes and Social Media Enthusiast.

Sipping my Mocha at Starbucks, Philadelphia (USA), when I reflected back on what I miss the most about my fantastic time in New Zealand other than the University of Otago experience, the answer appeared in a flash of a second - Sports Adventure!

New Zealand is the home to the most exciting sports adventures in the world and the best part of taking up sports adventure here is the safety measures taken with the incorporation of the latest equipments, well trained instructors, and the natural beauty, which surrounds an individual while the one is pursuing any of the adventures.

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The adventures I had taken in my life before coming to New Zealand were Rock Climbing, Rappelling and River Rafting in India. On my visit to Queenstown, I decided to start my adventures in Kiwi-land with River Rafting. The last time I had river raft was on the Indus river amidst the rocky terrain in Ladakh, situated in North India. No surprise at all, Queenstown River Rafting was an enthralling and mesmerizing experience. With a great camaraderie and team leader, we experience the very best rapids, awesome scenery and the highlight to the experience was when we shoot the finale Cascade rapid once we conquer the 170 meter Oxenbridge Tunnel.

At the end of the River Rafting, the team celebrated the experience with New Zealand Red Wine and my mind was only thinking about what's next on the list, and the decision was to take up Zip Lining on the following day.

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The Zip-Lining instructor was Nicolas Ramatel from Brazil, and his knowledge about sports adventure was awesome. I have a phobia for heights but I was here to conquer this fear of mine, and he made this adventure look very easy with his support. I enjoyed six rounds of zip lining amidst the Wilding Trees of Queenstown and was having an experience of a Jedi adventuring in the forests of Endor portrayed in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Nic and I are now lifelong friends connected on Facebook and I plan to pursue Zip-Lining again when I am back in Queenstown.

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