Jump Kawarau Bridge, where bungee beganQueenstown, New Zealand
Since some crazy souls decided that throwing themselves off a bridge tied to a piece of string sounded like a good idea, bigger bungees have thrown down the challenge all over the world. But this is where it all started, on a bridge outside of Queenstown in 1988, thanks to AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch. Kawarau Bridge, 43 metres above a river of the same name, was the world’s first commercial bungee jump and still attracts thrill-seeking punters from around the world.
Today you can even choose to do a water touch, take a mate on a tandem dive or strip down to your birthday suit. Although we can’t imagine the sort of friction caused by harness meeting bare skin...
Jumps cost about US$130.
Throwing yourself off a bridge is no easy feat.
There are no refunds if you change your mind on the platform.