What adventure sport offers the
maximum adrenalin rush with the minimum risk?
You simply cant go past bungy jumping. Its a complete
head game where you have nothing to fear but a massive air rush
and a surge of adrenalin that can last for days. The sport
originated in Vanuatu where islanders perform an annual ritual,
leaping 35 metres off a tower with vines tied to their ankles, to
appease the gods and ensure a good harvest. Two Kiwi
entrepreneurs adopted this idea using latex rubber cords to
withstand the shock load of a falling body, and established the
worlds first commercial bungy jump.
Bungy jumping captures the true essence of the Kiwi outdoor
lifestyle. While youre visiting New Zealand, the birthplace
of bungy, dont miss the opportunity to try it out at some
of the worlds finest jump sites. Queenstown has five
different sites as well as a Parabungy operation. This is where
you can rise to a great height under a parachute and then hurtle
earthwards in a fantastic free-fall. Auckland has the Harbour
Bridge bungy and the Sky Tower sky jump. Other bungy operations
can be found at Rotorua, Taupo, Mangaweka, Hanmer Springs and Mt
Hutt Ski Field.
The jump is strictly controlled to ensure your complete safety.
Your ankles are strapped and the correct bungy cord selected for
your weight. You hobble to the platform edge, muster all your
courage for a cheesy grin at the camera and await the countdown.
Before you start to rationalise why on earth you are doing it,
you take a deep breath and swan-dive into space with a
Bridge swinging is a close relative to bungy and can be found at
some bungy sites. Here you subject yourself to a gut-wrenching
fall and a super-fast swing while harnessed to a cable. Another
variation is the bungy rocket where you zoom upwards in a tandem
capsule and bounce around like a yoyo on a string. (also see Bungy Jump Sites)