daily from the AJ Hackett office in The Station, Corner Camp and Shotover
Streets. The company offers a choice of four jump sites - Kawarau Bridge,
Skippers Canyon, The Ledge and, new in 1999, The Nevis Highwire. Clients
should check departure times for the jump of their choice.
Vary according to jump site and the number of participants on each excursion.
Transfer time to The Ledge is only a few minutes and the whole excursion
takes an hour. The drive to The Nevis Highwire by minibus and four-wheel
drive takes 40 minutes each way. The Skippers Canyon excursion, which
includes a long 4WD trip over rugged high country tracks, takes half
Hackett and fellow speed skier Henry Van Asch were the pioneers of modern
Bungy jumping. AJ made world news in June 1987 when he jumped from the
Eiffel Tower. Bungy, New Zealand slang for 'elastic strap' was based
on the centuries old Pentecost jump in Vanuatu where island men leap
from wooden platforms with vines tied around their ankles in a traditional
ritual. The vines stopped their headlong fall inches from the ground.
has become a worldwide phenomenon with about one million recorded jumps.
AJ Hackett Bungy, the pioneer, accounts for almost half of them. Modern
Bungy cords are made from latex rubber to withstand five times the stress
exerted by the jumper. The company's oldest jumpers so far are a man aged
91 and a woman of 84.
trained jump instructors and all equipment. Jumpers can choose a foot
tie or body harness. Transfers to and from jump sites.
is the original AJ Hackett jump site, 43 metres above the crystal clear
waters of the Kawarau River. This is the only option where you splash
into the river. Subject to some restrictions, tandem jumps are available.
is a half day excursion in which getting there is almost as exciting
as the jump itself. Participants travel deep into the historic wilderness
in a purpose built four wheel drive vehicle over a narrow, cliff hugging
track. You jump 71 metres from a bridge above the raging Shotover River
The Ledge is a specially built platform jutting out from a cliff face
400 metres above Queenstown with magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu
and The Remarkables mountain range. There is a Mild Side and a Wild
Side to this jump, and toys like bicycles or snow boards to jump with
for those who like a little extra. This jump of 47 metres can be done
day or night, using a foot tie or harness.
above the Nevis River, this is the ultimate leap of faith, 134 metres
(440 feet) above the river. You freefall for eight seconds. A marvel
of modern engineering, the jump platform is suspended by wires. It was
opened in mid 1999.
under 10 are not accepted. Jumpers must weight at least 35 kilograms
to jump at The Ledge and Kararau, 45 kg at The Nevis Highwire. There
is no upper age limit. AJ Hackett holds the first New Zealand Standard
certificate issued for quality and safety.