Sure, most adventure experiences are destined to leave you pumped up, heart-racing and with a new found feeling of being 10-foot-tall and bullet proof, but there are few that can offer a setting that resembles something straight from the pages of a glossy coffee table book while you get your daily dose of adrenaline.
That is, until you have taken the plunge or swung with the team at Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger.
Nestled on the upper banks of the mighty Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river and home to the most visited natural attraction in the country, the iconic Huka Falls, Taupo Bungy’s setting is stunningly scenic and postcard-worthy.
If you’re not a thrill seeker, but there to support a buddy or just fancy a squizz at what goes on above the waters of the Waikato you won’t be disappointed. From the unique cantilever platform you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the lush green bush and crystal clear waters of the river below. Keep an eye on the banks too, as a number of birds precariously perch there throughout the day. Grab a coffee and a snack and take it all in; whether you’re taking the plunge or merely there as support, it’s without question a top spot to pass an hour or two,
The Waikato River is a haven for sight see-ers, walkers, kayakers, swimmers and cyclists who can enjoy some of the region’s top trails that wind their way around the river’s edge. The river mouth starts at the Taupo Marina and flows through the south and greater Waikato region before ending at Port Waikato, close to Auckland.
If you’re thinking of taking the plunge or ultimate swing experience this summer, chances are you’ll see some friendly kayakers pass by on the water below, or maybe even spot a lilo or two, as a river float trip is a popular activity among both locals and visitors alike.
One of the most popular river pastimes and perhaps a well-kept secret among locals, is a relaxing soak in the natural thermal hot spot which can be found near Spa Park, just a stones throw from Taupo Bungy. Ask one of the friendly staff for directions, it’s a Taupo must-do.
Whether your visit to Taupo brings you in search of adventure experiences or not, one thing is for sure, the Waikato River is a must-see and there is no better view of the mighty Waikato than from the perfectly positioned Taupo Bungy site on Spa Road.