One of the most popular Adventure Sports in New Zealand is Bungee Jumping. This sport is so popular in New Zealand that the country is also named as Bungeeland. Many adventure travelers throughout the world visit New Zealand for participating in Bungee Jumping.
About Bungee Jumping
Bungee Jumping is a type of Adventure Sport which catches the spirit of outdoor activities in New Zealand. It is not a sport for the faint-hearted. In this game, a cord (rubber or elastic) is tied to the ankles of the participants and they jump off a high place or platform. It is truly an adrenaline-pumping activity that requires a lot of courage. There are different types of bungee jumps such as Night Jump, Tandem Jump or a Partial Submerging jump.
History Of New Zealand Bungee Jumping
Bungee Jumping has been going on in New Zealand for a long period of time. The pioneer of bungee jumping in New Zealand is A J Hackett who began this sport by jumping from The Kawaru Bridge on The Kawaru River. It was a 43 m (141 ft) jump and the first commercial bungee jump.
At present, a Bungee Jump from the Kawaru Bridge will cost you NZD 150.00.
Places For Bungee Jumping In New Zealand
The most famous area for bungee jumping is Queenstown. The pristine Landscape and hilly presence of the area make it an ideal location for this adventure sport. Given below are the different types of bungee jumping activities in Queenstown and their respective charges:
- Queenstown Ledge Urban Bungee Jump (47 mtrs.) - Beginning from approximately NZD 180.00 per Individual.
- The Ledge - Queenstown's Sky Swing (400 mtrs.) - Beginning from about NZD 120.00 per Individual.
- The Original Kawarau Bridge Bungee Jump in Queenstown (43 mtrs.) - Beginning from approximately NZD 30.00 per Individual.
- Queenstown Nevis Highwire Bungee Jump (134 mtrs.) - Beginning from about NZD 50.00 per Individual.
Queenstown also boasts of the Skippers Canyon Bridge over the Shotover River and this is also a popular bungee jumping site. If you wish to jump from a higher place, you can participate in Heli-Bungee which is jumping from a helicopter from an altitude of 1,000 feet or 300 mtrs.
Taupo is one more popular location for bungee jumping. You will definitely enjoy the Taupo Bungee on the Waikato River. You can also go to Thrillseekers Canyon situated at Hammer Springs. Taupo Bungee activities can be categorized into Cliffhanger and Water Touch Bungee.
If you are looking for an urban area for bungee jumping, then there is SkyJump in the center of Auckland. You can enjoy your holiday trip to New Zealand to the fullest extent when you participate in bungee jumping. Jump rates vary from NZD 20 to NZD 220.