Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bungy Jump - Nevis Queenstown

I wrote this entry since I don't have any ideas to write so far, except my visit to SK Selama recently. Well, I'll get to that one later on.

If you go through my blog, you will find a series of entries regarding my trip to South Island, New Zealand last year. To be honest, I'm thinking to go again to South Island this year during autumn or winter break. Maybe this time, I will go to the West Coast, going around few famous glaciers, and of course going to Queenstown, again. Well, let's keep to the topic.

Actually, this is just a recap to my previous entry where during the trip, I had a chance to do bungy jump, which is famous here, in New Zealand. Actually, there are few places in New Zealand where you can try this activity. In North Island where I'm living currently, bungy jump can be found in Taihape, Taupo, Rotorua, and Auckland (there's two site in Auckland ; Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge). The one that I did was in Queenstown, and here alone there are three bungy sites; The Ledge, Kawarau Bridge and Nevis, Gibbston Valley. And I did my first leap in Nevis, which is the highest bungy jump in New Zealand and Australia (132 m ).

This activity actually originated from Pentecost Island, Vanuatu where a tradition being held by the local tribe there during the Nagol Festival during May-June. It is simply a rite of maturity of them. You can read about it HERE.

As I mentioned before, the first thing we did when we arrived in Queenstown during that trip was to book our activities to be done here in I-Site. So, I did this jump alone while the rest of my friends were decided to do downhill luge and gondola ride.

Meanwhile, I waited at the AJ-Hackett Building across the road. This building is the place, almost like a bungy museum, where you can find many infos and pictures regarding the history of bungy jumping. There are many peoples there, waiting their turn to get to the jumping site, either to the Ledge, Kawarau Bridge and Nevis. Included in the package, I can get access to internet and of course, facebook. I wrote that time on my facebook status that I'm going to do this jump huhu. After a waiting for a while, finally the shuttle arrived and then departed to the site.

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View in the shuttle.

The journey to Gibbston Valley, the jumping site took me about half-an hour passing through the beautiful scenery of Queenstown valleys and hills. Lucky for me, the weather is sunny; very nice for jumping. The tourist guide also shown us by the roadside; Kawarau Bridge where the first bungy jump in New Zealand was being done by AJ Hackett, the founder of bungy jumping.

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Kawarau Bridge's view from the shuttle

The shuttle now going off-road into a small alley uphill. This take around 10 minutes before finally we arrived at the site. We were given keys to store our belongings. I did the same but I bring my camera with me. The instructors were very kind, telling us on what to do especially when wearing the safety gear for the jump.

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Instructors who guiding us for safety gear.

To be surprising, I was happened to be the first jumper that day, which honestly, made me so nervous. But I keep it. The jumping platform is suspended high on the valley, connected with series of strong wires. It is connected by a cable car from the main building. Sometimes, strong wind keep struck the car, which also made me and others feel so nervous :)) While waiting for the cable car to come, I take few pictures from the side of the main building. Being seen by another, one of them asked me, " What a big camera (I brought my D90). You want to jump with it?". All of us laughed :)

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View of the jumping platform and high-wires that suspend it and connecting the place with main building.

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View of the stream underneath the jumping platform

As I said, I'm the first jumper that day. So, I keep listened to the instuctors there since this is a serious things. You messed things up ; you gonna die. Although there are some things that I don't really understand, I just keep it, like the instructor said that during the cable pulled me up after the leap, I need to pull some sort of rope on my legs which later on I didn't.

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This pic and other pictures plus video costs me $80. When I checked on my flickr, this picture was taken using Nikon D80! How impressed!

Jumping time. Well, if you can see video I put later in this entry, I was supposed to jump but since I didn't get the instruction clearly, I'm quite hesitate to do so. So, I said to the instructor ," Can I jump now?" and he said, " Yeah man, go3!". Huhu. Seriously, I dont feel nervous this time but when I made the jump, I feel like my heart is ripped apart ; too much of adrenaline rush.

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There I go!

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Damn high I feel when I see this pic.

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Pray to God I am when I see this picture. How lucky I am, thinking that I'm still alive after seeing this picture.

This is the video taken.

If you can see, after the first jump the rope is pulling me upwards. That's the part that I felt too excited. Feel like I'm flying somewhere else. Haha. It happened three times that after that, a cable pulled me up back to the platform. If you can see, that the cable pulling me upwards where my head is heading downwards ; same like fisherman carried up a tuna or whale fish. Haha. It supposed not to be that way though. I should pull up the rope I mentioned earlier, so that I can just get up and my head facing upwards. But, it's already happened ; no big deal.

My turn's over, and the next participants congratulate me for my jump. And they seemed excited too. Huhu. I've to waited until all of them finished jumping before heading back to the main building. And I managed to take few pictures like one below;

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We have to wait for a while since most of the tourists want the pictures and video taken during the jump, and it is processed that time. Finished with all of that, we heading back to the city, where my friends are already waited there. They seemed enjoyed telling their experience playing luge ( I didn't want to play since I did mine in Rotorua in 2009) and I'm too enjoyed telling mine to them. We later on had our lunch in Nando's and after that, going around Queenstown's beautiful Lake Wakatipu for taking pictures.

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This is what I got after the jump, plus few other merchandise.

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Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.



Muhammad Rashdan bin Roslan said...

nice one!
I wish that I can do that as well...
but the most extreme jump I have ever done is abseiling..
is that considered as jump? :)

Nadly said...

Yep, one day you will :)

Abseiling? Nope huhu. :P

Umar Zakir Abdul Hamid said...

berani la kau.haha

Nadly said...

Haha. sekali tu je kot. Pasni xleh dah. Mak aku tak bagi hoho :)

Teh Dude said...

Wow that looks both terrifying and amazing! Luxury New Zealand holidays offer you the chance to take a helicopter ride over the Southern Alps to the Nevis highwire before taking the big drop!