Bungy jumping is one of those activities that has always been high on my list of things that I wanted to do in life. So many people have experienced and enjoyed it and I was given the pleasure of a present from a special someone (thank-you) to do a bungy jump off the worlds first harbour bridge Bungy Jump in Auckland, New Zealand. It was awesome!!
A group of about 10 other ‘jumpers’, a handful of spectators and I walked the 10minute bridge climb from the entrance of the bridge and then up to the top which stands at about 43metres high. I was embracing the views which overlook the city and then the fear started to dawn on me a bit more as I got closer and then climbed up into the ‘jump pod’ as they call it that I was actually in the here and now and would shortly be jumping! I looked around and started to see the similar fear on everyones faces and the jump order was read out which goes by the heaviest person first so I was to be jumping about the 4th in line.
My name was called up and I sat in the chair (see picture) to have the harnesses put around my ankles and measured so that my head would dip into the water! I had a bit of banter with the instructor as he told me that this harness looked particularly rusty and he was not sure! With the music blaring I then stepped out towards the edge and stood on the platform, did the mandatory look at all the cameras and smile and pretend you are not scared at all and then I bit the bullet and dive jumped off!
The free fall feeling is amazing as you see the water rapidly coming towards you in a few seconds and then before you know it…SPLASH! your head dips under and out and after 3 bounces you pull the cord on your ankle to allow you to go into a sitting position and then I was hauled back up to the ‘jump pod’. I was then back 43 metres high still pumped from the experience and back with all the other jumpers and spectators!
Overall it was a massive adrenalin rush that I would recommend anyone to do! Get out there and embrace this experience! You will not regret it! (http://www.bungy.co.nz/auckland-bridge)