Thrill of a Lifetime
Although I really did enjoy everything I did in Queenstown, I have to say that the highlight of my trip was a bungy jump. Yes, you read that right, I bungy jumped, I threw myself from a bridge When I first planned my New Zealand trip, the thought of bungy jumping came to mind. New Zealand is the country that give birth to this activity. I contemplated it for quite a while. On the one hand I really wanted to do it, but on the other, the idea of jumping off a bridge doesn’t really make sense. One of the reasons why I wanted to bungy jump is because I have a fear of heights. I thought there was no better way of conquering that fear than by jumping off a bridge. And in case you are wondering, nope, it doesn’t work. After a while I made up my mind. If I was ever going to bungy jump, there was no better place to do it than here in New Zealand, so let’s do it. So I went where it all first started 25 years ago, the ‘World Home of Bungy’, the Kawarau Bridge Bungy. Before I arrived, my guide took me to a hill located just across the road from the Centre. From the hillside, I could see everything, the bridge, the river, and heard people screaming as they jumped off the bridge. I really had mixed feelings but decided to do it anyway. And then came the moment of truth, for me I never had a second thought until I was sitting there while the crew from AJ Hackett tied my legs and placed all the safety gear on my body. I was thinking to myself, ‘what am I doing? I am on the safety of a bridge and I am about to jump. After being tied up I had to make a little jump to the edge of the bridge, and while I was standing there right at the edge, I looked down and started to have second thoughts. I was frozen, so I asked the guys from AJ Hackett if they could push me. And one said, “It’s a bungy jump, you have to jump on your own”. So I did. I jumped 43 m over the historic Kawarau bridge. I bungy jumped and I’m glad I did it.