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Bungy Jumping

Off the Auckland Harbour Bridge


Big Adrenalin Hit from Unique Jumping Spot

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By Richard Moore

For thrill seekers one of the great experiences is to bungy jump - or throw yourself off a very high platform and plummet towards the ground/water before being pulled back up by the safety cord attached to your ankles.

Pioneers of the jump are AJ Hackett in Auckland who reckon that with bungying you go from nervous to completely elated in five seconds.

They say 99% of clients say it's the best thing they have ever done.

I'm going to be one of those who say that I'm 99% sure it won't be the best thing I've ever done and I'm not addicted enough to adrenalin to throw myself off a perfectly sound platform.

That said, I witnessed AJ Hackett's Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy up close and those who leapt towards the Waitemata Harbour bounced back with fabulous grins on their faces.

They clearly loved it.

To get to the bungy pod under Auckland Harbour bridge you get to walk under that structure and that is an experience in itself.

You have to wear a hard hat, and clip yourself on to safety wires, but that is not a bad thing as you walk along metal gratings up to 40 metres off the harbour's waters.

The views are really good and you definitely get a different perspective to the Auckland skyline.

In the Bungy Pod the crew from AJ Hackett's get you into your safety harnesses and prepare you for your flight ... er ... plunge.

Standing opposite the pod taking photos it took my a few minutes to get used to the height and openness of my position on a flight of steps, but I could see the excitement on the faces of those participating in the jumps.

The first guy - for some reason dressed in a green tadpoley-sort-of-garment biffed himself off without much worry. He may well have been a seasoned bungyer.

The first girl was much more hesitant - I expect this was her first time - and as she edged closer to the point of no return she looked absolutely terrified.

Her plunge did not begin gracefully, she sort of just fell off the platform, and within seconds had touched the water and was on her way back to the heights.

The exhilaration showed on her face as she was all smiles for the rest of her time with us.

A second girl looked more confident and smiled for the cameras before she went.

She got dipped into the harbour and her long dark hair looked pretty amazing as she hung upside down on the way up.

A young bloke - clearly an old hand at the jumping - went once and then, for another $60, was able to do a second.

This time he went backwards.

Afterwards the adrenalin buzz was still on them and they all said they'd do it again.

I would too - take photos of them that is ...

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