For many visitors, bungy jumping in New Zealand has almost become a rite of passage, that they take that heart-stopping leap of faith while they're here.
Taupo Bungy (opens in new window)in Lake Taupo.
Ledge Bungy(opens in new window) in Queenstown.
Kawarau Bridge Bungy(opens in new window) - the original one.
Nevis Swing & Bungy(opens in new window) in Queenstown.
Auckland Bridge Bungy(opens in new window) from the Harbour Bridge.
In the 1980’s, a couple of young kiwis, AJ Hackett(opens in new window) and Henry van Asch, set up New Zealand's first commercial bungy jumping operation, with a jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge(opens in new window) near Queenstown. Since then, New Zealand has become the home of bungy, with numerous other operators starting up.
All over the country you can leap from bridges(opens in new window), climbs, rail viaducts, specially made platforms perched on the edge of cliffs, and stadium roofs.
The Nevis bungy(opens in new window) is the highest and involves an incredible 134-metre plunge. You can also take a leap off the Auckland Harbour Bridge against the backdrop of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
Every day of the week locals and tourists alike enjoy the experience of a bungy among stunning landscapes. Bungy jumping remains one of New Zealand's most popular and renowned leisure activities.