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"Kawarau Bridge, Home of Bungy Jumping, and More" Top 5 Page for this destination Bungy Jumping Tip by Kakapo2

Bungy Jumping, Queenstown: 27 reviews and 60 photos

  I would not dare - but my bear does... ;-)
by Kakapo2

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.

Directions: On SH6, Gibbston, next to the Gibbston Valley Winery, 20 mins from Queenstown town centre.
Phone: (03) 442 4007, (0800) 286 495

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 23, 2008
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