Published on March 29th, 2011 | by Emma Hackwood0
Taking the Leap of Faith in New Zealand
Flight Centre’s International Travel Consultant Chantal tells us all about her time in New Zealand and the rush she felt when bungee jumping… twice!
New Zealand, famous for it’s beautiful mountains, beaches, lakes and vast countryside, is also home to some of the worlds craziest adventure tours! My first stop was Queenstown; located in the South island, it’s a pretty little lakeside town oozing with charm. As I walk along the downtown strip, I can’t help to notice that every other store is a business dedicated to making sure every tourist has a wild time. Whitewater rafting, river boarding and sky diving are just some of the popular activities… but I’m here for the Bungee!!
Bungee jumping was the brainchild of AJ Hackett, a New Zealander who was inspired by the ancient ritual “Gkol” performed in the Pentecost Island in the Pacific Archipelago of Vanuatu. The idea was to tie a bungee cord to a persons feet, attached it to a bridge and have them take a “leap of faith.” My first stop is the Kawarau Bridge, this is where it all started. It’s a 43 meter plunge into the chilly blue river below, I feel a rush come over me as I stand on the ledge looking down. A quick photo op,a smile and I dive down, the vertigo only lasts a few seconds, but the thrill lasts a lifetime!!
The AJ Hackett company not only has bungy jumping sites all over the world, they also invented The Nevis Arc. It’s the worlds highest swing, the mother of all swings . This is definitely NOT for the faint of heart!!! Sitting in a harness, feet dangling, you are suspended in the air over a deep canyon. A Nevis employee (with a twisted sense of humor I might add) releases you to a 70 meter free-fall, you then swing 300 meters across the canyon. Wow, the adrenaline rush is greater than anything I’ve ever felt before, so much fun, I had to do it twice! My recommendation, do it upside down!
Thank you New Zealand!!! This was the trip of a lifetime!!