I have always been in awe of people who have had the courage to bungy jump, I never actually thought I would be one of those people. That is until very recently when my house mate Catriona convinced me we had to experience the thrill of a bungy on our recent trip to Auckland!
I am not going to lie. I was terrified. The night before the jump I didn’t get much sleep. I kept waking up in a cold sweat having dreams that I was falling and that the rope would break. All that aside we woke up bright and early for the first session of the day and made sure we didn’t have any breakfast – that could wait until after the jump!
We were briefed on all of the safety procedures and were strapped into our harnesses to begin our climb of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The climb gives you great unobstructed views of Auckland City and Waitemata Harbour where we took a few snaps before heading up to the Bungy Pod in the centre of the bridge. It was time for us to anxiously wait for our turn!
Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy Stats:
- 40 metres high (Cat and I wanted to start off small)
- New Zealands’s only water touch option (There was no way I was taking that option, I was already scared enough!)
- Equipped to offer every Bungy style – ankle tie, harness jump or tandem
I was one of the last people to jump and I watched nervously as Cat did her jump. If she could do it so could I! I decided that my strategy was not to look down at any point. If I did look down it would be at the point of no return – that way I wouldn’t back out of the jump.
As Jaan strapped me in to the leg harnesses I was shaking! Yes I look happy in the photos but inside I was a bucket of nerves. You have to sort of waddle out to the platform just like a penguin and before you know it they’re counting down your jump. It all happens very quickly which I was grateful for, that way I didn’t overthink anything and just went for it!
Tip: You can actually take a camera down with you as long as it’s securely attached. I did have my GoPro but I was so nervous about the jump that I didn’t want to have to worry about also clutching onto a camera.
The jump itself was amazing! I made myself slowly tip forward to fall arms first towards the water. I remember trying to scream during the free fall, I had my mouth open but couldn’t produce a sound. I think my body was in shock! Before I knew it, it was all over and I was bobbing above the water.
Check the video out here that Cat kindly took of the jump. Once I returned home to Sydney the first thing I did was show my parents – sorry for freaking you out mum!
It truly was an incredible experience and that adrenaline rush stays with you for the rest of the day. I am so glad I did it and am now a proud member of the bungy club!!
The company I completed the jump with was AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand. They have a 100% safety record with no accidents and I highly recommend doing your first jump with them if you are ever in Auckland. They offer a variety of packages, I opted for the dvd of the jump, a proof pack of photos, digital copies of the photos and they even threw in a bungy t-shirt. You can check out all of their different packages here
Think I will have to visit Queenstown next time and try the Nevis Swing – the world’s biggest swing that is 160 metres above the river!! Who wants to join me?!