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The Practical Guide of the Activity.

  • 1A National Sport in New Zealand.
  • 2How Does a Bungee Jumping Take Place?
  • 3The Best Bungee Spots of the South Island.
  • 4The Best Bungee Spots of the North Island.
  • 5Three Funny Alternatives to Bungee Jumping.
  • 6Is It Dangerous to Practice Bungee Jumping?
  • 7Overcome Your Fear and Go Beyond Your Limits!

1A National Sport in New Zealand.

It is a national pride: the bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand by A.J. Hackett.

Bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand.

Also known as “Bungee Jumping” and popularized in the 1980s by a few extreme sports fanatics, bungee jumping has become a true national sport in New Zealand.

For those who still do not know, the principle consists in throwing itself into the vacuum attached to an elastic.

The goal is to replicate the experience of a true free fall, although from the general point of view, bungee jumping provides even more intense sensations than skydiving.

The original idea was born in the Vanuatu Archipelago in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

In the tribes, the rite of passage to adulthood consisted of throwing itself into the void hanging on a rope. The New Zealander A.J Hackett was inspired by this tradition to invent a modern version, but not less frightening, in the 1970s.


Bungee jumping generally takes place from the top of a bridge and the fall is between 30 and 50 meters.

Jumping points are generally based on bridges.

Since then, it seems that Kiwis cannot pass near a precipice without considering practicing bungee jumping. All pretexts are good, and one jump as well from the top of a bridge, a construction cranes or a cable car cabin!

The price to pay for a powerful adrenaline discharge remains high, but bungee jumping is more affordable in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world.

The beauty of the landscapes even improves the whole experience, with jumps platforms installed in the heart of the most beautiful panoramas of the country.


Those who have tested the parachute and the bungee jumping usually consider that it is far more frightening to jump into the void when you have precise visual cues. Therefore, the bungy jumping if far more impressive the first time.

The sensations are stronger than during a parachute jump.

The bungee jump over this turquoise river is famous. Ready to try?

Watch a bungee jump over the Kawarau River.

Filmed by Oscar Thomson

So if you are not afraid, and you are a candidate for the big thrill, I will present you how the jump takes place and the most spectacular jump spots of the country.

We will then talk about safety, and about some original variants you can try. You will realize that when it comes to getting scared, the Kiwis are not lacking imagination.


2How Does a Bungee Jumping Take Place?

The long awaited moment has finally arrived and the organizer of the jump will write your pass number with a marker on your hand. This time it is too late to step back.

Once registered, the hardest part is to wait your turn.

This time your turn has arrived and you cannot escape! It's time to be brave, so do not hesitate to scream to give yourself some courage, it is not the curious spectators who will mock you.

In the vast majority of cases, the elastic will be attached to your ankles.

There are variations, especially with the harness at the waist that allows greater freedom of movement, and wacky jumps to impress friends on holiday's videos.

Confronted with void, the legs tremble a little, but hesitation is a natural attitude.

The instructor will lightly press on your back at the count of three if you need encouragement, but he will never push you if you don't ask for it before.


Most bungy jumping organizers offer discounts on the second jump of the day. If you closed your eyes the first time, you might want to start over, but a single jump should be enough to get you started.

One gets used to everything, even to bungee jumping.

Participants take an average of one minute to decide to jump, and canceled jumps are exceedingly rare. The more adventurous enjoy jumping by turning their backs to the void to get more sensation, but the leap of the angel is perfect to begin.

The fall is indescribable and provides an adrenaline discharge capable of waking the dead. Braced by elastic, the body transforms into yo-yo for a few moments. At this point, fear has already given way to euphoria and bursts of laughter.


You get used to jump ... but it takes a while and there are only the monitors who practice the activity daily whom are no longer frightened at all.

The first jump is necessarily the most intense!

When you'll be stabilized, you need to be detached from the elastic. You will be pull up slowly to the jump platform (or sometimes detached near the ground). A phase that presents no risk at all. I hope to have reassured you, and all you need to do now is to find the best jump spot for your first try!


3The Best Bungee Spots of the South Island.

The Nevis is not a bungee jump in the void like the others! You will make the big dive from the top of a cable car for a dizzy fall of 134 meters!

What if you were jumping from the top of a cable car?

The jump spots are usually installed in very touristic zones, and you will find your happiness on the South Island, except if you wait for the last minute. The activity is very popular and booking is imperative several weeks in advance. Always book your jumps on the Internet to save money.

Queenstown, the world's capital of adventure, provides three breathtaking jumping points. You can defy gravity by jumping over heights between 49 and 134 meters (world record).


Here are the best jump spots of the South Island:

CITY JUMP HEIGHT RATE
Queenstown Kawarau Bridge 43 m $180
Queenstown The Ledge 47 m $180
Queenstown The Nevis 134 m $260
Hanmer Springs Thrill Seekers 35 m $169

Kawarau Bridge

Will you dare to jump from the top of the Kawarau River Bridge for a 43-meter fall that will end in the river? Because before the elastic brings you back to the sky, you willplunge into the river for just a second.

The bridge of the river Kawarau and its fall of 43 meters.

Undoubtedly the craziest video ever made on the bungee jump, and you have to see it to believe it.

Watch spectacular bungee jumps filmed by drones.

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The first commercial jumps took place from the top of this bridge in 1983. The 43-meter drop even allows you to dive your head into the water of the Kawarau River or touch it with your fingertips. A boat collects you on arrival: it is perhaps the most famous jump in New Zealand, a great classic.

The Ledge

The ledge is a jumping point that overlooks the city of Queenstown and presents two original aspects. It is possible to jump by night and with an attachment of the elastic to the waist, which allows to jump in several different ways.

The Ledge in Queenstown and its 43 meter drop!

If the jumps are so spectacular in Queenstown, it is thanks to the elastic that is attached to the waist and not to the legs aseverywhere else.

Some more crazy jumps- at The Ledge (Queenstown).

A promotional video of AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand

One of the best jump spots in the country, if not the most terrifying, offers a fall of 47 meters above Queenstown.

The Ledge can be practiced by night, for tenfold sensations (the perception of distances is distorted).

The attachment of the elastic to the waist offers a total freedom of movement which allows to imitate superman.

The Nevis

The Nevis funicular loads its passengers and then positions itself above the vacuum where the candidates for the highest bungee jump in New Zealand will be able to jump.

The Nevis and its fall of 134 meters!

Discover all the craziest ways of jumping in a vacuum with an elastic.

Presentation of different jumps with AJ Hacket Bungy Jumping.

A video from MustDoNewZealand

The highest jump of Oceania! A dizzying fall of 134 meters for the bravest among you. The jump takes place from a cable car cabin, and it takes nine seconds (an eternity) before the elastic stops your fall. Undoubtedly the scariest bungee jumping from New Zealand.

Thrill Seekers

Originally a small spa town, Hanmer Springs offers more and more sensational activities, among which jetboat and bungy jumping are the best. If you wish to make a jump in a vacuum, you will have to contact Threelseekers.

Thrill Seekers and his fall of 35 meters.

One and a half hours from Christchurch, Hanmer Spring is a mountain resort mostly known for its geothermal activity and its hot pools. The area has many bridges and one of the oldest built in 1880 allows bungee jumping. The 35-meter fall proposed by Thrill Seekers remains “modest” but is high enough to scare beginners.


4The Best Bungee Spots of the North Island.

New Zealanders' passion for bungy jumping drives them to try to jump off most of the country's bridges. You will be spoiled for choice to find a jumping point, but major tourist cities like Queenstown, Rotorua or Hanmer Springs offer the best spots.

Bungee jumping is practiced throughout New Zealand.

The North Island is indeed one of the best bungee jumping location in the entire world,  although it cannot compete with the incredible spots of the South Island. But you will nevertheless have the opportunity to go beyond your limits in exceptional landscapes.

Here are the best jump spots of the North Island:

CITY JUMP HEIGHT RATE
Auckland AJ Hackett Bungy NZ, Auckland 35 m $150
Taupo Water Touch Bungy 47 m $169
Rotorua Agroventures 43 m $99

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ - Harbour bridge

If you wish to try bungee jumping in Auckland, you will have to jump from the top of the city's highest bridge, the Harbor Bridge. You will fall on a distance of 35 meters!

The Harbor Bridge and its fall of 35 meters.

The AJ Hackett Bungy NZ company offered itself the luxury of setting up its fourth jumping point from the Harbor Bridge, an emblematic bridge in the city of Auckland.

A funny revenge, because the inventor of the bungee jump was arrested by the police during his first attempt at the very same place a long time ago.

It is up to you to reproduce the feat, and to jump the 35 meters that bring you closer to the sea.

Water Touch Bungy

Jump into the void to finish the fall in the water and return immediately in the air. The experience is intense and even the regulars of bungy jumping will be satisfied.

The Water Touch Bungy and it 47 meters fall.

A 47-meter jump to get your hair wet in the Waikato River. With the rare opportunity in New Zealand to jump in tandem with the love of your life. A poisoned wedding gift, or a real proof of love, it is up to you to see...

Agroventures

The Rotorua Agrodome is a leisure base that offers bungee jumping. The jump lacks a bit of charm, but it's the least expensive in New Zealand.

The Swoop (agrodome) of Rotorua and its 43 meters.

A somewhat artificial jump, practiced from the top of a 43-meter platform in the Rotorua’s Agrodome Leisure Park. A park landscape is certainly less impressive, but the fear remains the same. Good news, this bungee spot (the cheapest in New Zealand) allows tandem jumping.

Mokai Gravity Canyon

The Mokai Gravity Canyon is another variant of the Zipline which can be practiced by three persons at the same time. The experience is more amusing than frightening and derives its success in part from the beauty of the canyon where the activity takes place.

The landscape scrolls at full speed in the Mokai Gravity Canyon.

Jumping from the bridge is one of the most frightening of all the country, and you will need a good dose of courage to be able to jump.

Experience the terrifying leap of Mokai Gravity Canyon.

Directed by coaster2coaster

Close to Taihape, the Mokai Canyon allows jumping from the top of a bridge with an impressive fall of 80 meters (the North Island record).

A surprise awaits you at the end, because you will not be detached down as usual, but pulled up to the jump platform!


Mokai Gravity Canyon closed in 2018, but might reopen.


5Three Funny Alternatives to Bungee Jumping.

Of all jumping points, those above a river are highly sought after. If you decide to jump into the void, you should do it in a magnificent setting.

A bungee jump that ends in the water.

If you have already practiced bungee jumping, or if you are looking for a similar activity to impress your friends, there are three alternatives that should delight you (and give yourself good fright at the same time).

Attention, if these three variants are perhaps a little less frightening than bungee jumping, they nevertheless require a good dose of courage.

The Sky Jump

It's not a bungee jump, but the Sky Jump lets you jump from the top of the Auckland Sky Tower at an altitude of 192 meters! A terrifying experience for many visitors.

Jump from the top of the 192 meters of the Auckland Sky Tower.

This documentary presents the jump in the vacuum from the top of the highest tower of the Pacific.

The Sky Jump lets you jump from the top of the Sky Tower of Auckland (192 m).

A Sky Jump promo video

A frightening jump from the top of the emblematic Auckland's Sky Tower! Instead of an elastic, two steel ropes slow down your fall and you will touch the ground on a platform at the very foot of the tower. The urban environment and the skyscrapers which run at 85 km / h over practically 200 meters gives an incredible feeling of speed.

The Swing

The Swing performs a large swinging motion in the vacuum, unlike the bungee jump where the fall is vertical. Some people claim that the experience is even more frightening than bungy jumping.

The swing is a variant of the bungee jumping.

Derived from the bungee jumping, the swing allows to realize an immense circle arc in the void. The activity invented by AJ. Hackkett (pioneer in extreme sports) is available in Queenstown (South Island) with “The Ledge Swing” and the even fearsome “Nevis Swing”.

On the North Island, you'll find the best swing experience in Taupo and Rotorua.

The Zipline

The Zipline as proposed to you in New Zealand is simply a variant of the Zipline, and you can practice in tandem.

The zip line is less scary but very fun.

With a zipline, you can reach a mad speed of 160 km / h in the air and the flight over the Kawarau River Gorge stretches for nearly one kilometer!

An intense experience a little less scary than bungee jumping but lasting longer.


6Is It Dangerous to Practice Bungee Jumping?

The hardest for bungee jumping is not to succeed in jumping, but to have the courage to sign up. Once the jump is paid and as soon as the information has circulated among your friends, you can't go back anymore.

Will you have the courage to try bungee jumping?

Watching the instructors walking around with no apprehension at the edge of the void, one might think that bungee jumping involves no risk. But this Zen attitude reflects a long practice: most professionals have several hundred jumps to their credit.

Bungee jumping is an extreme sport that leaves no room for error. The relaxed “redbull” atmosphere serves essentially to reassure participants who are never treated lightly. Every detail is reviewed by two different experts.

Even if one of the elastics would break, it would not be a problem at all...

Contrary to the what most people imagine, the elastic used is actually made up of hundreds of elastics grouped in a sheath. The set must be changed every 150 jumps. So if one of the elastic breaks, hundreds of others remain intact to carry your weight!


It is normal (and sane) to apprehend a jump into the void! It is for this reason that you will be explained in detail how the fasteners connect you to the elastic. Two different professionals will then check that everything is in order.

Your equipment will be checked several times.

Most of the serious accidents occur in the bungee jumping amateur world where participants do not always evaluate distances correctly. Rest assured, the companies recommended on this page are not likely to make you jump with an elastic longer than required!

The jumps that take place over a river are calculated so that the participant gets lightly wet. It goes without saying that the distance has been carefully studied and participants must weigh between 90 and 285 lb  (40 and 130 kg) to participate. Even so, a good safety margin is taken into account.


Bungee jumping is an intense experience that comes to mind every time you think of your stay in New Zealand. But this is not a mandatory activity! You will benefit as much from the country if you give up on extrem sports.

The bungee jumping will be the most memorable souvenir of the stay.

Before the jump, you will be shown clearly where the double fasteners are, and you will see that the carabiners are screwed to avoid any accidents. According to the company, an additional harness sometimes completes the equipment. Checked twice, padding prevents the elastic from wrapping around the legs during the jump.


The human being is not programmed to throw himself into the void, and the vast majority of candidates for bungee jumping are scared before jumping. It's all natural and it's part of the game.

It is normal to be scared before jumping.

You can be reassured, it is statistically twenty times more risky to drive a car than to practice bungee jumping. With a mortality rate of 1/500000, this sport is even less risky than skydiving. If you have a black sense of humor, you will be delighted to learn that 450 people die each year by falling from their beds, while bungee jumping has known only a few fatalities since its invention.


7Overcome Your Fear and Go Beyond Your Limits!

There is always a public to watch the brave candidates bungee jumping from a bridge. Most of these spectators would not dare to exchange their place with the courageous heroes who jump.

In reality, the presence of the public gives courage to the jumper.

Bungee jumping is the most incredible souvenir you may bring from a stay in New Zealand. But if you are petrified at the simple idea of jumping, or if your dizziness is far too strong, you can pass your turn. The spectacle of the participants who rush into the void should be enough to frighten you.

The first jump reveals people to themselves and beginners often become addicted immediately.

However, you'll need time before beating the world record of 158 consecutive jumps made in 24 hours by Beau Rettalick.

Some people, however, do not consider bungee jumping as a sport because it doesn't require any physical preparation. A point of view that is not shared in New Zealand: the heart that beats at top speed in the chest exhaust you more than a long mountain hike!


If you want to come back from your stay in New Zealand with an unforgettable memory, you should seriously consider bungee jumping!

Bungee jumping is a unique experience in the world.

To immortalize your fall, ask a friend to film you, or simply break your piggy bank to buy the high-quality videos filmed by the organizer. The close-ups on your terrified face, and your last step before jumping deserve a few extra dollars.

Few seconds before your jump, you will probably curse me for having given you the idea to practice bungee jumping in New Zealand. But if you have the courage to shout “Kiwipal” while jumping, I promise to include your video here!


Bungee jumping is a New Zealand specialty, and for good reason, discipline has been invented in this country and has developed gradually throughout the world.

Do not think too much and jump into the void!

Our friend Ben is jumping for more than fifteen years. Feel free to ask him any questions about bungee jumping in New Zealand, he will be happy to help you.


William, Kiwipal
A Guide Written by William.
Founder of Kiwipal, New Zealand Travel Guide.
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Questions & Answers.

What can I do for you? I could explain to you how bungee jumping is fantastic for hours ... but nobody can jump in your place. That said, I would be happy to answer your questions on the subject!

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  • All topics ... 10 answers in total
  • Vertigo 4 answers
  • Budget for Bungee Jumping 2 answers
  • Safety Instructions 2 answers
  • Organizing a Bungee Jumping 2 answers

Vertigo

  • Is the jump really scary?

    All the activity is scary. You will be nervous as soon as you take your ticket, worried while waiting for your turn, terrorized before jumping, and deeply relieved and cheerful during and after the jump.

  • What is the most frightening moment?

    Some say it's when in the cabin while waiting for your turn. But nothing can equal the first moments of the fall.

  • Does being drunk help to jump?

    It depends on the individual, but be aware that most organizers do not accept participants who are intoxicated. Nothing prevents you from drinking a blow to give you courage, but it is better to take a drink after to celebrate the jump.

  • Are people going to make fun of me if I do not jump?

    It happens that some candidates take several minutes before jumping, but nobody laughs at them. Those who wait their turn are all the more frightened, and the simple spectators incapable of jumping are admiring.

Budget for Bungee Jumping

  • Should we spend money on such a short activity?

    I have never seen anyone ask for a refund or regret the money spent. It is a question of overcoming its own limits: this deserves a few sacrifices.

  • Should you buy the videos proposed by the organizer?

    Ask to view the videos before buying, the result is sometimes disappointing. Those proposed by A. J. Hackett are of good quality.

Safety Instructions

  • Will I get tangled in the elastic?

    The elastic is never in your legs, and does not drag on the ground, but in a small slot provided for this purpose.

  • What are the health risks?

    Stress is not beneficial in itself because the human body does not like to be hung upside down. Difficult to measure the impact of a bungee jump, but the pride of having exceeded its limits accompanies you the rest of your life, which is very positive.

Organizing a Bungee Jumping

  • Can one become addicted to bungee jumping?

    Yes, but it is a passion that is expensive, so you would do well to book this type of activity to celebrate birthdays.

  • Can we practice jump bungee outside New Zealand?

    And if you want to repeat the feat in another country, A.J Hackett, a pioneer of bungee jumping, is also based in Normandy, France and all around the world.AJ Hackett in France

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Will you dare to jump? The simple fact of looking at the candidates ready to jump justifies the displacement.

What if it was your turn? If you visit this page, it is probably because the idea is already in your head...

If you need some advice, I would be glad to help, but bungee jumping is above all a matter of courage, and at this game, girls are often more brave than men when it's time to jumping into the void !

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