The Best Bungy Jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand
You’re organising your New Zealand holiday. Exciting! You’ve booked the tours, and the restaurants, and the experiences. You’ve got some outfits sorted and you’re off on the adventure of a lifetime! But hang on… there’s one thing you’ve forgotten about. The bungy jump!
If you didn’t know already, New Zealand is kind of a big deal when it comes to bungy jumping. In 1988, Kiwi entrepreneur and bungy guru AJ Hackett brought bungy jumping to the world’s attention when he founded the world’s first commercial bungy jump at the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. Today, it remains one of Queenstown’s premier adventure attractions and is a firm favourite with bungy fans all over the world. But did you know there’s not just one, but three different Queenstown bungy jumping experiences you can choose from? They’re all amazing, and they’re all unique, but which one is best for you? How do you decide? Read on for everything you need to know about bungy jumping in Queenstown.
Nevis Bungy – for the ultimate thrill
The big one! The Nevis is New Zealand’s highest bungy jump, coming in at an imposing 134 metres. A jump here offers over 8 seconds of freefall, and at the top of your bounce, a sensation that’s the closest thing to zero gravity without travelling to the moon! You can’t self-drive to this bungy, but the bus ride out is an adventure of its own and takes you on winding roads up high above the famous Nevis valley, where the big bungy jump awaits you… it’s not for the faint hearted, but the Nevis provides an adrenaline rush that’s unmatched.
Kawarau Bridge Bungy – the classic
The original! The world’s first commercial bungy site is still going strong more than 20 years later, and it’s easy to see why: easy access via bus or self-drive drive from central Queenstown, and at only 43 metres high it’s slightly less intimidating than its bigger brothers. You can even take this leap as a tandem or opt for a dunk in the Kawarau river at the bottom. Some people have even done this jump in the nude (… yes, it’s allowed). Once the adrenaline wears off, you can celebrate with a drink on-site or at one of several nearby wineries in Gibbston Valley. Magic.
Ledge Bungy – get the BEST view of Queenstown, then jump off it!
The one with the view! The 47-metre Ledge bungy is in the hills high above central Queenstown and is accessed via a short gondola ride from town. Once you’re up there, you’ll get an absolutely jaw-dropping view over Queenstown, the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. The toughest part of your day will probably be deciding how you want to jump – the Ledge is freestyle, meaning you can jump any way you like. Maybe a swan dive? A flip? Facing backwards? The choice is yours…
All three bungy sites are operated by the AJ Hackett company, the world’s most trusted bungy operators with over 20 years of experience. So, there’s just one question… are you ready to take the leap of faith?