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The legend of the bungy jump: AJ Hackett's Kawarau Bridge Bungy
Bungy Jumping – the art of falling through the air with nothing but an elastic cord around your ankles to keep you from plunging head first into the earth.
Legend has it that bungy jumping first originated at the hands of a tribeswoman on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. After being repeatedly abused by her husband, one day she ran away and climbed the tallest Banyan tree she could find. She tied a vine around her ankles as her husband raced up the tree to catch her. Just as he got to her, she jumped – oblivious to the life-saving vine, her husband followed, plunging to his death while she landed safely on the ground, protected by the vine.
That first legendary jump has progressed for the Sa tribe of Pentecost Island, and now each year a ‘land-diving’ ritual coincides with the yam harvest, with the desire for a bountiful harvest at the heart of this annual event.
From these humble beginnings, land-diving has developed into modern bungy jumping, with adrenaline junkies seeking out locations across the world to take the plunge. And where better to try bungy for the first time than the home of the world’s first commercial bungy jumping? Enter AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge Bungy!
The brain child of founders AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch, commercial bungy jumping officially began on the 12th of November 1988, with twenty-eight people paying $75 a piece to leap off the 43 metre Kawarau bridge, bungy cord wrapped around their legs and giant grins on their faces.
Nowadays you can expect to see quite a few more jumpers on the bridge – with over 100 people jumping almost every day of the year, AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge Bungy has become a world leader in setting the standard for bungy jumping.
Be a part of bungy history and take a dive over the Kawarau River. With options to choose between a solo or tandem jump and different levels of water immersion, this is the perfect location for your first bungy experience!