Bungy Jumping, Queenstown
Even if you don't fancy to make a bungy jump, or if you have little time, try to stop here at the new Bungy Centre and have a look around. This is newly rebuilt and nestled into the surrounding rock, a great amount of care has been taken to blend in with the look of the area. There is a very nice café and facilities including an interactive Bungy Dome multimedia show. Very worth while for those especially not jumping.
I love this place. It's ALIVE !
So many opposites. There is a certain remote feeling of the location. Yet you enter the centre and it's alive and kicking. Not just with the loud pumping music, but with the 'smell' of adrenalin permeating the area.
There's the look on peoples' faces. Some excited, with anticipation, knowing they are going to "Do" this !! Other people with perplexing, unsure faces. Looking around for the way out.
Other people knowing they will not be doing this and glad they weren't around when their sons and daughters made the leap of no return.
Videos playing all around depicting the story of Bungy and showing AJ being arrested in Paris after his leap down the heart of Le Tour Eiffel.....
Girlfriends thinking - 'he's not going to talk me into this!' ..... being patient as their boyfriends get this craziness out of their systems.
Guys standing tall, with no question that not doing this mad act of craziness will threaten their manliness.
Then there is the chilling wind outside, and the sunfilled warm inside area where you can shop, drink coffee and watch the surrounding activities.
This is the original site of the first commercial Bungy venture, and you can read about the history here in the centre as well as view displays on the actual Bungy systems that are used for jumping.
AJ Hackett has a very high quality range of clothing and merchandise, which is very popular. There is a good store withing the centre where you can view and purchase these ranges. I found the items to be very useful and pleasing.
The bungy jumping it totally something to try.
They can all be purchased singly or as a group product at The Station on the corner of Shotover and Church Streets in downtown Queenstown. They also offer transport to & from the sites, except for The Ledge bungy where you will also need to purchase a return trip on the Gondola.
The Nevis Canyon bungy is the highest in Queenstown - also the most thrill seeking. There is also the Nevis Swing out there, which is amazing! The original commercial bungy is always fun to do, if you want to say you've done the world's first original bungy, however its also the smallest. The Ledge bungy up Bob's Peak is always a challenge to do, as you have to run 1.5m before jumping, however there are many different styles in which to jump so its a lot of fun.
The Kawarau Bridge Bungy is home to the original 43 metre Bungy Jump by AJ Hackett Bungy.
It's the world's first and probably most famous of leaps of faith towards the cold waters of the Kawarau River.
Kawarau Bridge Bungy is also the only Bungy in Queenstown where you can choose to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed.
Age: Minimum = 10 years
Weight: Minimum = 35kg, Maximum = 235kg
For all you adrenaline junkies the Nevis Bungy is 134m high above the Nevis River and even getting there is an experience! First there's a rugged half hour 4WD trip before reaching the top of the canyon.
After being harnessed up at the main building, a bungy pod will take you across the valley to the jumping platform above the Nevis River.
If that's not enough for you then right next door to the Nevis Bungy is the Nevis Arc Swing which is the world's highest swing taking you on a high speed 300m arc over the canyon.
You can swing forwards, backwards, alone or tandem. You will be suspended high above the canyon floor and can release yourself, or let the crew make that decision for you!
The cost is NZ$370pp.
This is the maddest, craziest, scariest thing I have ever done, I couldn't believe my eyes when AJ just took off at the word go!! A whole lot of profanities escaped his lips unawares once he took off and I heaved a sigh that after all I had married a normal person! ;) Ofcourse when my turn came I just refused to take off, my lack of skills in swimming only aggravating my fear of the free fall! However the AJ Hackett Team was awesome, they did a great job of being patient with me and finally coaxed me into jumping off the bridge! :D
The ones who do manage the jump are given tees and they cut a CD of our Jump and offered it on sale for around 30 NZ $
Of course, Queenstown has always been a wonderful place. But the international craze and the reputation of being the "Adventure Capital of the World" started in November 1988 when AJ Hackett opened the world's first commercial bungy site at the Kawarau Bridge. They have just celebrated the 20th birthday of bungy jumping.
The origins of this site go back to the 1880s when a bridge was built to connect Queenstown with the rest of Central Otago during the days of the gold rush. It was replaced in the 1960s but this one already fell into disrepair 20 years later. This was the time when AJ Hackett and a guy named Henry van Asch thought they could use it for adventurous purposes, and so they transformed it into the bungy jumping site it is now. It is the home of bungy. The original.
You plunge 43 metres to the Kawarau river. You can choose from topple over backwards, forwards, with another person, spin or somersault, and if you want to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed.
Min. age is 10 years, min. weight 35kgs, max. weight 235kgs.
The price is NZ$ 150 including T-Shirt and transportation from Queenstown, if you need this.
AJ Hackett operates several other bungy ventures in Queenstown:
NEVIS HIGHWIRE BUNGY: I bet this is the ultimate challenge. After a rough 4WD trip to the site you drop 134 metres - in words: one hundred and thirty four metres!!! The free fall in the Nevis Valley takes eight and half seconds. Can be very long... ;-) Weight limits: 45 to 130 kgs, min. age 13yrs. Costs: $210.
THE LEDGE BUNGY: That is the harmless way of jumping. Access via the Gondola summit station. You fall 400 metres above Queenstown. If you keep your eyes open you have great views of the town and Lake Wakatipu. They pride themselves that this kind of bungy jumping has cured numerous cases of hiccups... ;-) Weight: 35 to 130 kgs, min. age 10yrs. Costs: $150, incl. Gondola ride.
THE LEDGE SWING: Doing it like the lemurs... Also operates at night. Weight: 30 to 130 kgs. Costs: $99, incl. Gondola ride.
A package of all 3 jumps costs $350.
All prices as April 2007.
Yes, it is true that the modern act of bungy jumping did start in New Zealand. Yes, it is true that I personally think these people are looney. Yes, it is absolutely positively entertaining to watch.
According to the internet, bungy jumping evolved out of the rituals of people from the small island nation of Vanuatu who tie plant vines around their legs and jump from towers to ward off evil spirits. New Zealand just perfected it into a multi million dollar industry that ushers in adrenaline in the fastest way possible!
The original location of Kiwi AJ Hackett's endeavor is located on the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, NZ. Here, the mentally insane and other people seeking this adrenaline rush can jump to their death, or the bottom of the river, whichever comes first for 43 metres straight down (that's roughly 120 feet or 12 stories for those mathematically challenged). It looks and feels all of those 120 feet from the viewing podium available to you.
If you are truly out of your mind, and are going to do this, it is recommended that you go on your birthday, or if you are a man, try to arrive on Father's Day, as there is a special price for you. Sarah almost convinced her father to jump based on the savings alone, but luckily he opted out of it. The going rate at the time was $160NZD including t-shirt and transportation, so it would have only been $80 for him leaving us with plenty of money to cremate his body.
Definitely a rush and they are lovely people - whether you're the wild ready to go kind or the timid kind (I was the later one). Great view and their safety precautions have won awards not to mention it was started by the infamous bungyman AJ Hackett.
If you are into adventure skip everything else and go straight to the "Nevis", the 2nd largest bungy in the world. At a wopping 134M (440ft) at the top its truly only for the brave. Don't pass up the opportunity, not only does it earn you bragging rights but if live with fears this will definetely rid you of those fears if you can make yourself jump. The 8.5 second free fall left me speechless, its the most amazing feeling! They have a 100% safety record so there is nothing to worry about, don't miss out!
Commercial bungy jumping got its start in New Zealand just outside Queenstown at the Kawarau Bridge. AJ Hackett’s original and most famous bungy site not only remains in operation but is still his most jumped site. The 43-meter jump lasts only a few seconds, but your smile will last much longer, particularly if this is your first jump. If you enjoy the Kawarau Bridge jump, you may also want to try the Nevis Highwire Bungy. At 134-meters, the Nevis jump is more than three times higher than the Kawarau Bridge jump, giving you more than 8 seconds of airtime. Having done both, I enjoyed the bridge jump more but only because it was my first and the novelty just wasn’t there when I did the Nevis jump. There are several other bungy jumping sites and operators throughout New Zealand, and not doing at least one jump is sacreligious.
No, I was not crazy enough to jump; however, my friend Sandi made the plunge. She jumped from the Kawarau Bridge (site of the first bungy in 1988). It was a beautiful location, and she had a blast. It was all very safe and organized, and a mere 142 feet! Photos and DVD's available for purchase to record the event (and fear) in living color.
The shuttle leaves from the Shotover Jet Building several times a day.
many people associate Qtown with the bungy emotion; bungy it is fun but the prices are outrageous...at least i found them outrageous:) single bungy jump is about 140NZ a t the Kawarau bridge (the original site of the first comercial jump) and then there are deals. Check out their website....so if u have plenty of money and nothing to do..why not jump ??
AJ Hackett's Nevis Highwire Bungy is the way to go if you want to bungy jump in Queenstown.
When we went in the morning, the activity was closed due to high winds making conditions unsafe. When we went back to check at lunch, AJ Hackett's had decided it might be ok. As far as I was concerned it was still too windy, but what would I know?
So we climbed onto the bus and began our scary, bumpy, narrow mud-road journey to the infamous Nevis Highwire (click on the picture to get the full view).
When we got there (still windy), we were all strapped into harnesses and shuttled across the ravine - yes, you read correctly - the RAVINE, by cable car, to the metal cabin that was suspended on cables in mid air between 2 cliffs.
(If you get motion sickness I suggest you stay and occupy yourself back at the hotel) It was still windy and the little cabin was swaying back and forth in the strong wind tunnel created by the cliffs.
Anyway, the boys jumped from the cabin 134m to the ground - Apparently it was AWESOME - but you'll have to take their word for it as all I wanted was to get off that swinging tin shed.
We decided to jump at the original Kawarau Bridge. Besides it's the only place where we can do the tandem jump!
It was my first - and definitely unforgettable. Was so nervous and almost throwing up.... but finally managed to pull myself together.
will do it again if I have a chance :)
Tips. Magazines/Brochures which were handed free at the airport at arrival usually has cupons which give 50% discount for buying Bungy Jumping video!
Visit this 100 year old suspension bridge and also the original home of Bungy - the world's first commercial bungy site (since November 1988).
The Kawarau Bridge, situated 20 minutes from Queenstown city centre, is the site for a 43m bungy jump above the Kawarau River.