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Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Today we are going Bungy jumping off the Kawarau Bridge with the experienced AJ Hackett Bungy.

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Now let us get this straight to all of you out there: you cannot possibly stay in Queenstown without going bungy at least once; Bungy is just something people do here in Queenstown. A bit like going for a game of golf with a mate. ;-)

Queenstown is known worldwide for being the home of bungy and AJ Hackett Bungy for being its ambassador. The Kawarau Bungy Centre opened some 17 years ago in 1988 and while being a good 20-minute drive from the centre, it is still one of Queenstown's most frequented visitor attractions. The facility is indeed much more than a bridge and has in fact a full-fledged museum, replete with a video presentation, a café, a viewing desk and a gift shop that make the visitor feel quite welcome.

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The site is known as the world's first bungy site and yearly attracts tens of thousands of fearless jumpers. It is the smallest of all of AJ Hackett's bungy sites in Queenstown, being 43 metres (142 feet) high above the crystal waters of the Kawarau River. The viewing deck allows a spectacular scenery and you can be sure to have a good crowd watching you when your turn comes to do the big jump.

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Kawarau is also widely known for the many options it offers to its jumpers; you can almost ask for anything; i.e. jumping in tandem, topple over backwards or asking to hit the water heads down, the crew will make your craziest dreams come true.

The 20-minute bus trip to the site is the perfect opportunity to mull over your decision. You will be most likely tempted to play and re-play different scenarios in your mind, most of them involving yourself jumping off perfectly and with grace. You might even not bother looking out the window where some stunning views of the Queenstown area will lie in front of you.

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Once on the site, everything goes quick. In order to accurately jump, participants are weighted and before we can say 'hey', there we are queuing to get our 3 and a half seconds of pure rush. Looking down at this stage isn't probably the best option as it looks like a long way! As we get our feet strapped up, we can start hearing our heart beat. Our turn comes, the crew asks each of us to come out on the platform. "Come on, just a little further". Looking up at the camera and down to the crowd waiting on the viewing deck for you to throw yourself off the bridge, we feel like this is a bit unreal.

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Then the count down begins and this is when you cannot freak out!

"I'll count down from 5, and when I say jump, you jump"
"OK"
"5 4 3 2 1 Jump"

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A moment of utter and pure madness overcomes us before diving out, like no other feeling we've ever had.

3.5 seconds falling towards the earth (or should we say the water?), feeling weightlessness and screaming out like we are about to die before the cord tightens and slows us down, making us rebound back up. What a rush! Our bodies get so filled up with adrenaline that for the next 10 minutes or so it is hard to figure what the heck we've just done and whether we've actually done what we think it is! A couple of bounces and we get lowered into the boat that brings us back to the shore. Filled with immense pride, we walk triumphantly back to the centre to pick up our personal photos and DVD already awaiting for us. Sweet as bro! :-)

Surprisingly enough, there was no real shock when bouncing back. The system is actually quite gentle on the person who jumps. Whether you're old (the oldest jumper was 94) or young (the youngest was 10), anyone can have a go and it's just a matter of plucking up the courage to jump!

If you are after something unique that pushes your senses to their limits, bungy is definitely for you. And if you're only after a bit of fun, well you might as well go bungy too. Queenstown being the home of bungy, why not give a go? Do not leave NZ without your dose of pure adrenaline!

AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping (Bookings)
Phone: +64 3 442 4007
Freephone: 0800 286 495
Email: bungycentre@ajhackett.co.nz
The Station - Queenstown Bungy Centre
Cnr Camp & Shotover St
Queenstown NZ

website: www.ajhackett.com

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 December 2006 )
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