Self-confessed adrenaline junkie and Thrifty Tours New Zealand travel agent, Natalie has been working her way through all the bungy jump’s available right across New Zealand. Find out what inspired her awesome adrenaline goal - read on with care though, you’ll be wanting to follow in Nat’s footsteps yourself!
I have done swings, zip lines, a skydive and plenty of roller coasters in the past, and I have always loved the rush and excitement that comes with them, but I never thought I would do a bungy. Then last year I did my first bungy jump and I loved it! The Ledge in Queenstown was my first and it was such a great feeling!
Now I want to do them all! They are all a bit different so I want to experience all of them. I also totally want the bragging rights of having done every Bungy and Swing in New Zealand! (and anything else you want to throw at me or throw me off!!)
I’m really close to finishing now, just Hanmer, Taupo and Rotorua left to do!
It’s taken me a year, almost to the day to jump all the one’s I’ve done to date. You could do all the Queenstown jumps over two days pretty easily. Then Auckland you could do over one day as well if you were really keen!
The adrenaline rush is really the key here. The tricky thing with bungy jump’s is that once you do your first one, you just want to keep doing more, keep challenging yourself and keep going bigger! I still get that terrified feeling leading up to every jump, but once I am strapped in and staring off the edge all that fear goes away!
All of the staff at each bungy are really fantastic – they just totally get you excited and get your mind off the initial jump. They are totally committed to you having the best possible time which adds to the awesomeness!
The Nevis Bungy was the one that I really didn’t think I could do. I was stressing about it all night and on the entire drive out to the canyon. But after I watched a couple of big tough guys chicken out of the jump, I thought to myself that there was no way I could back down. So, I had to just go for it! And it was totally worth it!
The Nevis for sure! It is such a long free fall that you really get that crazy rush, and it just gets better as you fall. It is also so open and exposed, standing on the platform suspended on cables out over the canyon you can feel the whole pod move every time anything happens out there. It is very un-nerving, but it is by far the best jump to do in New Zealand, I absolutely loved it! I would do it again any day of the week!
Well I want everyone to try it because bungy jumping really is such an amazing rush. It makes you feel alive! But I also know it is not for everyone. The Sky Jump off the Auckland SkyTower is a really good option for a controlled free fall.
The Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown would probably be the best for a first-time jumper.
But for me the Nevis Bungy wins hands down every time!