New Zealand’s stunning landscapes and adventurous spirit have made it a global hub for bungee jumping. From historic bridges to towering cliffs and urban landmarks, the country offers a range of bungy jumping experiences. Here we highlight seven exceptional bungee jumping locations and what makes each of them iconic:
1. Kawarau Bridge Bungy – The Birthplace of Bungy
Kawarau Bridge Bungy near Queenstown has the distinction of being the birthplace of commercial bungy jumping. It’s where the bungy phenomenon first took off! Around 400,000 people visit the site each year to watch, get psyched for the jump or shake off the adrenaline in the outdoor bar Liquid Courage. Take the plunge from the iconic Kawarau Bridge, with the majestic Kawarau River as your backdrop, and become part of bungy history.
2. Nevis Bungy – New Zealand’s highest bungy.
Go big or go home is the motto at Nevis Bungy – Australasia’s highest bungy jump. For those seeking an adrenaline rush like no other, Nevis Bungy near Queenstown is the place to be. From a platform suspended on high wires between two dramatic gorges, prepare for a 134-metre drop and 8.5-second freefall – not for the faint of heart. The sensation of free fall combined with the breathtaking scenery of the Nevis Valley creates an experience of a lifetime.
3. Ledge Bungy Queenstown – Urban Thrills
Perched atop Bob’s Peak in Queenstown, Ledge Bungy offers a unique ‘freestyle’ bungy jumping adventure with unparalleled views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. The full body harness allows you to strike your own pose as you make the epic 47 metre leap from the bungy platform with all of Queenstown below.
4. Taupō Bungy – Riverside Excitement
Toes over the edge and take the plunge from New Zealand’s only cliff top bungy. From the impressive cantilevered platform over the Waikato River you can choose to touch, dip or stay dry. Do the 47 metre jump solo or tandem if you need a little help from a friend.
5. Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy – where two New Zealand icons meet
The Auckland Harbour Bridge and AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand meet in the epic bungy pod attached to the underside of the bridge. With stunning views of the city skyline in front of you, take the 40 metre plunge, with the option to do New Zealand’s only ocean water touch for extra kicks. Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy is the site of New Zealander Mike Heard’s latest world record attempt.
6. SkyJump Auckland – Jump off New Zealand’s tallest building.
Although not a conventional bungy jump, this is a leap of faith from New Zealand’s tallest building. SkyJump gives you 11 seconds of adrenaline with a 192 metre controlled descent. With nothing but a wire and a harness, you’ll plummet 53 storeys before landing in SKYCITY Plaza – like a champ.
7. Hanmer Springs Bungy – Alpine Adventure
Nestled in the charming town of Hanmer Springs, this bungy jump seamlessly blends adventure with alpine beauty. The Hanmer Springs Bungy takes you from a bridge into a picturesque river gorge. The tranquil natural setting and the contrast between the serene surroundings and the heart-pounding jump make for a unique experience.
New Zealand’s premier bungy jumping destinations offer experiences ranging from historic significance and dizzying heights to urban thrills and natural beauty. Whichever bungy jump you choose, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure in this adrenaline haven.