Bungee Queenstown

By: Dan Cavalli

Bungee Queenstown commonly spelt Bungy is for anyone looking for an awesome adrenaline rush. Bungy jumping is a pastime which is going to be around for a long time, and its appeal proves it. Although terrifying, Bungy jumping is a conversational subject if you want to break the ice with strangers to get to know them better.

Bungy jumping is strictly a New Zealand phenomenon, with the world's first commercial operation bungee queenstown created in 1988 by New Zealander A J Hackett at the old Kawarau Suspension Bridge about 20 minutes east of Queenstown.

Bungee Queenstown was gaining the public's approval as an adventurer sport. Bungy jumping is where people jump from a high point usually over a river on a platform secured to the structure by an elastic cord. Bungy jumping has been called the 'quickest boost to personal growth experience ever'.

Bungy jumping was inspired by the Pentecost people of Vanuatu. It originated from the Vanuatuian’s yearly fertility ritual. This revolved around the yam harvest where males had to prove their manhood by jumping off manmade towers at great heights with twisted green forest vines tied to their legs. Many were maimed and killed from this morbid ritual. Bungee Queenstown changes all that!

Bungee Queenstown jumping is about pushing your limits, challenging your fears, and being able to tell others, "I did it". Don’t fall into the false sense of security thinking it is a totally safe sport. A rigorous safety code of practice is followed in New Zealand so bungy jumping is a relatively safe adventure sport here. Bungee jumping accidents still occur. So weigh up the pro’s and the con’s before you jump!

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