What is the Taupo Bungy?
Since 1991, over 400,000 adventurers have experienced the Taupo Bungy phenomenon - a freefall that comes with its own distinct views and features. Willingly jumping over a 47-metre platform and plunging towards the crystal-blue waters of the Waikato River is a moment you'll never forget. Even the bravest have a rush of adrenaline course through them as they soar through the skies of this iconic landscape.
What does it feel like?
Standing on the edge of a bungy platform sets off our natural primal instinct of fight or flight - trust us. Your palms start sweating, the heart beats faster, and a hundred butterflies take to the air. After diving in headfirst, any fears or feelings of insanity will dissolve into the memory of a lifetime, and you'll thank yourself later for taking the leap.
As for the jump itself, it’s as if time slows down on the freefall - with a heady mix of surging adrenaline and a touch of fear. As the stretchy bungy cord springs back up, exhilaration and freedom reign supreme. And then it’s time to start riding the wave of natural euphoria - this is truly living.
Where did this activity originate?
The bungy concept stemmed from the ancient ritual of "land-diving" in Vanuatu. Diving from a tall, spindly tower, with vines wrapped around their ankles to break their fall, was a rite of passage on the journey to becoming a man. This inspired kiwis - A J Hackett and Henry Van Asch - to bring bungy jumping, as we know it to the masses in the 1980's.
While it seems death-defying when you watch from afar, it's actually very safe. Every operator you meet on the Waikato River lives, loves and breathes this experience. Extensive safety tests, health checks and scientific calculations are rigorously conducted before every jump.
As pioneers of the world's first cantilever platform and first-ever platform and splash cam, Taupo Bungy is committed to ensuring you stay safe and that the sport continues to thrive. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, why not try a tandem jump with your best friend or loved one for moral support? We also recommend having a good to chat with the bungy crew if you need some extra courage or confidence - their passion is infectious.
On the flip side, extreme adrenaline junkies love the Taupo Bungy for the sheer satisfaction of completing the highest water touch option in NZ. Jumping blindfolded provides a heady rush for the more seasoned. If you still need more action, try putting your adrenaline to the test with a bungy/skydiving combination.
A word from the wise: don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
Did you know?
The feeling you get from the release of adrenaline and endorphins has been said to change your mood and make you immune to pain (temporarily). For over 20 years, doctors have compared the after-effects of an experience like bungy jumping to the type of rush you could get from taking a cocktail of cocaine and morphine. This legal, natural high not only feels fantastic but will build your confidence and create amazing memories to cherish for life. Go on, do it.