“The highest water touch bungy in New Zealand” – that’s how it is billed.
I knew before going to New Zealand that we would be facing adrenalin activities at almost every turn. If you want adrenalin, if you want to FREAK YOURSELF OUT, come to New Zealand.
Besides having amazing scenery and very hospitable people, New Zealand is well known as the adventure capital and scaring the lights out of people. I got my my first taste of this early on in the trip doing the terrifying Sky walk in Auckland.
I didn’t jump off that tower in Auckland and if you’ve been following my story at all you’d know I’m not a fan of heights. In fact, when it comes to heights, I’m a chicken. I’d honestly rather pack down in the front row of a scrum against the All Blacks than deal with any height activities.
The All Blacks don’t worry me, but the Kiwis infatuation for jumping off high structures does worry me. I’m not sure where this love comes from, but they seem to have it more than most.
The bungy jump is a New Zealand invention. Well, not entirely, for centuries the people of Vanuatu have been leaping from tall towers with vine ropes attached to their ankles, but in the 1980’s commercial bungy jumping was developed by a group of Kiwi’s and the rest is history.
All over the country there are options for leaping off buildings, bridges, or a natural setting. You can’t go far in New Zealand without finding a spot to jump.
47 meters high.
The inviting waters of the Waikato River below.
A latex rubber cord tied around your legs as your lifeline.
Who wouldn’t want to throw themselves off a cantilevered platform projected out from the cliff-top?
You would think that after I faced my greatest fear of heights two days earlier when I jumped out of a plane from 9,000 feet that Taupo Bungy would be a cinch.
There is just something about bungy jumping that REALLY freaks me out. I know it’s probably just a mental thing, and I know you aren’t supposed to look down when out on the platform, but that’s easier said than done.
I actually considered jumping in Taupo. From a distance it didn’t look that frightening. But once you walk out onto the platform and look over the edge, it puts it into perspective and my body started to feel weak. The old nerves came back instantly and I knew it was something I didn’t want to do.
I guess it’s the fact that you are standing on the edge of the platform and you can see the bottom clearly. The fact that you don’t have your tandem sky diving instructor strapped onto your back with not one, but two parachutes.
Everyone I have spoken with who has done both sky diving and bungy jumping says that bungy is scarier. And I am going to take their word for it.
So I left the fun and excitement of taking on Taupo bungy up to a bunch of my 50 friends who I was traveling around New Zealand with on the Great Crusade tour.
High five’s boys, let’s do this…
One of my mates, Richie, put together this awesome video which takes you through the emotions of the experience…
The Jump Site
You jump from above the clear and fresh waters of the mighty Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand.
The river is 264 miles (425 km) long and it flows north through Lake Taupo. The name ‘Waikato’ comes from Maori and translates as ‘flowing water‘ and offers a wide range of activities along its long meandering path to the Tasman Sea.
Taupo Bungy has been in operation since 1991, and has so far had over 275,000 people ‘Take the plunge’. It is the highest water touch Bungy site in New Zealand.
Apparently it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3
Richie ready to leap…
The free fall…
But Wait, There’s More
If you thought that leaping off a platform and hurtling yourself towards the Waikato river below was all that was on offer at Taupo, then think again.
Kiwis being Kiwis and the crazy adrenalin junkies that they are, they also have this other awesome new challenge for the trill seekers out there.
It’s called the Extreme Swing, or Taupo Cliffhanger.
It’s a giant swing, but do not be fooled by the word ‘swing’, it’s called the Cliffhanger for a reason. You are winched out just four and a half metres away from the cliff face, hanging in a body harness, 44 metres above the river, waiting for the crew to pull the cord.
Whatever the name, just imagine sitting in a harness and being released off a 44 meter high platform, free falling 38 meters, and then hitting speeds of up to 70 kph as you arc up to 180 degrees.
After you have finished acting like a pendulum alongside the cliff face, you actually get to take in your breath and some of the amazing scenery as you are winched back up to the platform.
Want to see and feel this experience as well? Check out this epic video…
Taupo is a town on the shore of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, on the North Island. And there are two sides to the Lake Taupo region: relaxing and action packed.
For the relaxers there are several thermal hot pools, quiet walking trails, world class golf courses, kayaking, and some of the world’s best trout fishing.
For the adventure seekers, besides the bungy and cliffhanger swing, in the area you can also go skydiving, mountain biking, jet boating, and the other adventure activity we did, white water rafting.
The natural scenery of the area is stunning with spectacular cliffs and world heritage listed forest reserves.
Although I wasn’t brave enough to jump, if you’re into bungy and adrenalin type activities I’d highly recommend a visit to Taupo as it has has so much packaged together and is a real thrill seekers playground.
Taupo Bungy has been in operation since 31st December 1991 and maintains and excellent safety record, with over 275,000 successful jumps.
You can find them at 202 Spa Road, Taupo, New Zealand. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the town of Taupo.
Solo Bungy Jump – NZD $149
Tandem Bungy Jump – NZD $298
Solo Swing – NZD $99
Tandem Swing – NZD $180
For all the details visit – www.TaupoBungy.co.nz
You can also read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor
Getting to New Zealand
Qantas Airlines flies direct to Auckland from Sydney and Melbourne several times daily. Form Auckland to Taupo is approximately a 4 hour drive.
QUESTION….Have you been brave enough to bungy jump around the world? Would you like to do it in New Zealand?
My trip to New Zealand was courtesy of Qantas and the Great Crusade tour, however all opinions are my own.