Bungy Photo Gallery
Written by Cathy Siegismund
Ken, Rachel and I, for some reason decided it would be a good idea to let
someone tie a long elastic band around our legs and then jump off a bridge that
was 43 meters (141 feet) high. This was something I never thought I would do, as
I am rather afraid of heights. However, the Queenstown adventure bug had bitten
me, and I thought it was a chance I shouldn't pass up.
After jetboating, Ken and I, Ed and Rachel, and Jason and Tam all drove a few
minutes out of Queenstown to the Kawarau bridge. The world's first bungy site. The bridge has been purchased by the A.J. Hackett company,
and is a full time bungy site. If you want to learn more about bungy and its
creator, check out A.J. Hackett's site.
Jason and Ed, did not even feign interest in participating, and Tam was only
mildly tempted. Therefore, they filmed the experience. First we had to sign up,
and yes actually pay money.
Yes, we actually paid to jump off a bridge, or maybe it's
more like we paid for them to tie us on to the bridge - jumping is free
We had arrived early for the jump, so we had some time to spend watching
others leap from the bridge. This I think helped, as we watched people jump and
Watching the jumpers for the bridge
View of he retrieval boat from the bridge
After you jump and bounce up and down four or so times, you're then hanging
upside down over a river. Then an inflatable boat that comes out, and two guys grab
your arms and then the people on the bridge lower the bungy so you end up in the
boat and taken ashore.
Rachel getting ready to go, the brave girl went first!
Ken was up next...
Ken's bungy - nice diving form!
I was last. I guess there were good and bad points about being last. I got to
watch Rachel and Ken go first, but after everyone went I couldn't very well
chicken out. It hadn't looked that bad watching others go from the observation
deck or from the bridge. However, after they tie your legs together, and you
need to take baby steps out to the edge of the bridge, and I looked down, some
thoughts like I was absolutely insane to do this, crossed my mind.
Wondering what I'm doing up here
Fortunately, they don't give you much time to consider how foolish you're
about to be, so after a quick countdown of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....
Here I go...
After all the nerves, it was a rush to bungy, especially for someone who's
afraid of heights. Of the three of us, Rachel thought once was enough, I thought
it was fun and may consider another go at it one day, and Ken is ready to sign
up for the Nevis - a 143 meter jump from Gondola in Queenstown - that's about
The exhilarated bungy jumpers - note the smiles are broader after