Granted the Great Lake Taupo region, with its position as an adventure mecca offers plenty of experiences that will make your palms sweaty and your tummy fill with butterflies, but it’s not all skydives and rafting trips around here. On the contrary, just outside of the Taupo town centre lies an experience not to be missed and one that is bound to give you your daily dose of adrenaline.
Tucked away on the picturesque banks of the mighty Waikato River lies the Taupo Cliffhanger. Yes, here you will also find the iconic Taupo Bungy, but it’s the Cliffhanger I’m frothing about today.
If rustling together the nerves to throw yourself off a bungy platform just isn’t for you, but you’re craving a rush like no other, then the Cliffhanger is the leap you’ve been looking for.
Like any awesome adventure, there are options; swing alone or with a buddy for a hit of Dutch courage. Opt for the countdown or, my favourite the surprise release; either way this is an experience sure to draw the screams from deep within your belly.
The freefall hit is instant as you speed feet first (reaching speeds of up to 70km/h) over the crystal clear waters below, racing past New Zealand’s iconic native bush and awe-inspiring natural scenery.
Once you’ve caught your breath and the swing starts to slow, you get a chance to appreciate the majestic setting in which this all takes place.
The Waikato River is the largest in New Zealand and is popular with kayakers, swimmers, picnic goers, campers and sight see-ers alike. Home to the impressive Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction, it’s the perfect setting in which to cast your fears aside and take the plunge into a generous helping of nature.
This is the extreme option for those wanting to try something a little different, but with a generous helping of speed, action and excitement.
If the Taupo Cliffhanger leaves you amped and ready for more, go and have a chat to the friendly staff and take on the bungy platform. One thing is for certain, you’ll leave this experience pumped and feeling invincible.