While travelling New Zealand I could not wait to get to Queenstown. Queenstown is the adventure capital of crazy New Zealand- so I knew this was the place for me.
By the time I arrived in Queenstown I had already black water rafted, white water rafted and skydived…so I figured bungee jumping was nothing that I couldn’t handle. Boy was I in for a surprise. To this day it is probably the scariest thing that I have ever done.
Right outside of Queenstown is the first ever official commercial bungy site at Kawarau Bridge Bungy. You can still bungee jump at this site and are even allowed to do it stark naked!
Even though this bungee site is iconic, I wanted to go big or go home. So with the same company I decided to do the highest bungee jump in New Zealand- the Nevis Bungee. The Nevis Bungee takes place in a 134 m deep canyon. Telling you the height doesn’t do justice though- you only truly appreciate how high it is when you are standing on the ledge staring down at your fate.
To start the bungee they put you in a van and drive you up to the site. When we turned a corner and saw the canyon for the first time, my heart immediately started racing. To keep myself calm I had to focus on the present moment and tell myself that I was in a van and currently not hanging in the middle of a canyon- so everything was alright. It only helped a little.
When we got there they strapped us into our harnesses and I tried to think as little as possible about the fact that I would soon be hurling my body out of a hanging metal structure towards the bottom of a deep canyon.
To get out to the structure we had to take a cable car. That in itself was scary. Then we stepped into the metal structure where there are about eight other people waiting. I wanted to get the jump over with instead of waiting around anxiously so I asked my friends if I could go first. However, with this bungee you actually have to start with the heaviest person first so I ended up having to go dead last. I watched all of my friends go while I waited with my heart rate continuously increasing.
Finally my turn came. I walked up to the front of the structure and sat in a chair right next to the opening. At this point I was not attached to the line so if I fell I was a goner. Don’t worry- this won’t happen, but it is definitely a thought that will cross your terrified mind.
The most terrifying part was standing up… with my feet strapped together…134 meters above the ground. Because my feet were strapped together I wasn’t allowed to quickly run and jump. Instead, I had to slowly hobble over to the ledge and stand there looking down at my petrifying fate.
Here is a short video that my friend took of my jump.