Bungy Jumping, Are You Brave Enough?

New Zealand

Most people who come to New Zealand end up bungy jumping at some point during their vacation. Most people jump in Queenstown; it is the adventure capitol of the southern hemisphere afterall. I went to New Zealand not wanting to ever do it, but being in New Zealand left me considering it none the less. Am I crazy? I’ve done what seems like everything else, but never in my right mind did I want to do a bungy.

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On our drive to Queenstown, we stopped at the AJ Hackett Bungy site (43 m high) where bungy jumping originated, as some of the extremists on board signed up to do it. I thought that if I watched a couple people bungy jump I could get over the nerves and then possibly do it myself right there and then. I am the spur of the moment kind of gal. While clutching on to one of my new friends, I nervously watched a few of my bus mates bungy (one even did it backwards) from Kawarau Bridge. After that palm sweaty experience, I am not so certain it is something I could ever do. That wasn’t even the highest bungee spot either. I think that if I was watching people bungee from the 135m high Nevis Bungy location, I would have peed my pants. Don’t count me out just yet, maybe it is the cards for the future.

New Zealand

Would you do it?

51 thoughts on “Bungy Jumping, Are You Brave Enough?

    • I know! It makes my palms sweat just thinking about it. Would you skydive? Some people (like me) are willing to jump out of a perfectly good plane (which I did for my 30th birthday), yet I am scared to death to bungy jump. Have you seen my skydiving post?
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  1. DO IT, DO IT, DO IT.!!!!!!!

    I did the original AJ jump you mentioned back İn mid ’88. It was probably the best adrenalin rush I have EVER experienced. Sure, I was crapping myself, and yes my knees buckled and I sort of lunged off in some ungainly manner, but WOW…!!!

    Would I do it again, 158.7% YES

  2. I would and I did – off of that very bridge. Once you do it, you’ll immediately want to do it again. You may regret not doing it, especially since your in its birth place! If you do, once you’re hooked up and they count you down just jump, no lingering or hesitating (that just makes it harder).

  3. I would be seriously scared but I’ve always wanted to give bungy jumping a try. At least I can tell people that I’ve tried it once and if I decide that it was too scary, I would still have gotten to experience it once.

    I had to jump from a high spot once and my knees were shaking so much I could not do it. But someone started counting down for me and when he went, 3, 2, 1 – I just let go without thinking and that made it so much easier.

    So maybe you can try it if you ever do give this a try. Don’t think about it, don’t hesitate and just JUMP!

    I hope I get to try it too…I have to practice what I just preached after all….hahaha…good luck!

    • Sorry I am just getting back to you now. I wanted to have the time to write you a response since you took so much time in writing such a detailed response to my post on bungy jumping.
      You are such a great supporter of my travel journey and blog. I appreciate every comment you make and every like you give. Know that your kindness, involvement, and effort does not go unnoticed. You are a one of a kind person.
      Thank you so much for the above comments. A.it is a seriously scary thing to consider bungy jumping like you mentioned, B. but it IS something I’d like to try once, C. however, I am just not sure if that time is now. I went skydiving for my 30th birthday, so if I don’t do it bungy jumping might have to wait until another year or special moment in time. You are completely right though, if I decided to do it I would have to just jump after the 1,2,3, go count down (or else I would never do it). Thanks for the tips!
      Have a great turquoise day!
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

      • Hi Jess! Thanks for the awesome and thoughtful reply! No worries about when you actually do it, I too hope to be able to do it someday, maybe for my 30th next year just like you did skydiving for yours. Who knows! 🙂

  4. It’s one thing I’ve never wanted to try. It’s not so much the jumping that scares me, as the point at which you bounce back up.

  5. I’ve done it once, actually, in our mutual home country. I believe it is the tallest in North America at 200ft! haha it was quite the experience! you should do it!

  6. You know, I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good airplane so you’d think that bungee jumping would be something I’d do too. But no, I wouldn’t! A parachute is one thing, but a rubber band is something very different! Not to mention, there was an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air where Hillary is watching her fiance bungee jump while asking her to marry him, but he didn’t make it. That scene just keeps replaying whenever someone asks about bungee jumping!

    • I’m right there with you. Like you said, “A parachute is one thing, but a rubber band is something very different!” You get my hesitation bang on. Oh don’t tell me that, now I really don’t want to do it, haha. Although, there is still a part of me that is considering it.

  7. Ohhhhh no!! No way! You have no idea how afraid of height I am!! Hahahaha but some of my friends have done it in NZ and they all loved. Its important to mention that they are not afraid of heights…it wouldnt be the same in my case hahaha

    • If you are afraid of heights, how are you with flying? I don’t mind heights, BUT, it does scare the living daylights out of me willingly leaving a ledge at a crazy high height. My palms sweat just thinking about it.

      • Hahahaha I have problems with flying during take-off and I only like to sit by the window so I can see where we are… Because during take-off if I look to the corridor it gives me the sensation that the plane is falling! Crazy I know hahaha and in the Maldives I was really scared of the Seaplane, but I have to confess it was the best flight I ever had, smooth and beautiful 🙂

      • Good to know! I’ve never been on a seaplane and it’s on my bucket list. Maybe it will become a reality if/and when I make it to the Maldives.
        Jessica, Turquoise Compass

      • Yes it will!! Its very different…I liked it. I was really nervous before, but all went well haha. My husband says the worse it can happen is to land on the sea 🙂

  8. Oh my GOODNESS Jessica! I started reading and thought you’d DONE IT! Perhaps we should save this one to do together, because it also scares me shitless! Hahaha! We would be good entertainment value for any bystanders!

    Rebecca, Quirky Bikini

  9. Nope! Bungy jumping isn’t for me. Besides I wouldn’t see a thing. I don’t even like roller-coasters after forgetting that I had my glasses on and they flew off into never-never land. Luckily, they hadn’t broken but I spent the whole ride anxious and in a panic ‘cos I couldn’t see and it was early evening. Sigh!
    Funnily enough Jessica, I wouldn’t mind trying skydiving or paragliding!

    • Yes, funny (and ironic enough) that you would try skydiving and paragliding, yet not bungy jumping, yet I feel the same way. Skydiving is amazing, but I haven’t tried paragliding YET! Hang-gliding is incredible though. Just close your eyes and you will get through anything. Now if only I could take my own advice.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

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