The Nevis Bungy Jump Experience in New Zealand
So if you haven’t read all of our posts then you may not know that I (Stacey) travelled to New Zealand on my own back in 2016. On an epic trip through New Zealand to visit my sister we decided to head to Queenstown, this is where I would do the Nevis bungy jump in New Zealand.
My Nevis Bungy Jump Experience
So just a few background details, we headed to Australia back in 2008 and we went sky diving. You may be thinking this girl is a daredevil, but trust me it is completely opposite. I am deathly afraid of heights, I literally havn’t been able to rewatch my bungy jumping video until I uploaded it here. Yup! I’m that much of a chicken! After our sky diving experience I always told myself that whenever I make it to New Zealand I would try bungy jumping. I had no immediate plans to travel to New Zealand. Eight years later, I landed in Auckland determined to keep the promise I made to myself before.
Queenstown, Here We Come
I spent a week travelling through New Zealand and reached my sister in Christchurch. We then made plans to head to Queenstown for a few days and continue on a road trip. We spent three days in Queenstown, the first day I enjoyed a lovely tour of Milford Sound and then I met up with my sister the next day. I managed to convince her that we should do the Nevis Swing together as a bonding experience, and that I would jump Kawarau bridge. The Kawarau Bridge bungy looked the easiest for me, and it was over water so that was comforting. My sister then decided we should just get everything done at one stop due to the shuttle arrangement. This means I was now going to do the 134m bungy jump over at the Nevis location as opposed to the easy breezy 43m Kawarau bridge jump.
I spent the entire night before thinking about this bungy jump, I was so nervous.
Marked and Ready To Go
The Nevis Bungy
We met at the center in town to get weighed in and tagged for our activities. We hopped on board the bus and made our way to the Nevis location. The bus ride was tough, we dropped people off at Kawarau bridge just in time to see someone jump. Cue full panic mode, 43m was high A F! My sister turned to me and asked if ours was higher than that and when I responded yes, she went ghost white. The bus climbed a dirt track up the mountain side and finally we spotted the AJ Hackett center. We walked in and got suited up and reweighed. They decided to let us to the bungy first because that usually takes longer.
We finally went outside and saw where we would be jumping from. My heart felt like it was pounding out of my chest. There were 8 of us in all, only six people could go in the gondola at a time so my sister and I went over together. The gondola takes you to the center of the gorge where the bungy pod sits. I held onto the gondola rails looking out to the horizon telling myself not to look down.
The Final Countdown
As we reached the bungy pod, there were sections of glass on the floor. I couldn’t even look down here, and to my left were where the jumps were taking place and on my right were views of this massive gorge. One by one everyone jumped and made their way back over to solid ground. I made my way to the prep seat while they tied me up and attached the bungy to my feet. I got up and shuffled my way over to the ledge…
I still hadnt been able to look down at the gorge. I asked the guys if they would push me but it is required that everyone jumps on their own. Finally on the edge, they threw the bungy cord off the edge which I could already feel pulling me down. From there the countdown started…
My brain kicked into high gear, am I really doing this?! Why am I even doing this?! I don’t have to do this?! Yes I need to do this! I can’t do this!
You need to do this! You just spent $275NZD and you better not waste it! Take a deep breath!
Don’t look down, you can do this. What am I even doing?! I’m not doing this.
I’ve got this! Finally I managed to switch off my brain and I nervously jumped off the ledge. The wind rushed past my ears, I opened my eyes and watched as I sped through the gorge. It so freeing and so relaxing! I was so proud of myself for having jumped off that ledge and it didn’t want it to end. I then reached the end of the bungy and bounced back up only to freefall again. I tried to release the cable so that I could turn upright but I could not get it done. Finally I was just hanging there waiting to be pulled back up. The adrenaline was pumping and I felt like I conquered my biggest fear. When I finally got back up to the pod I had tears in my eyes, I was so happy.
After this whole traumatic event we headed over to the Nevis Swing and my fear of heights kicked back into high gear. Luckily this was something I was doing with my sister and once we were released from the top, we screamed all the way to the bottom and back. It was actually such an epic experience as well and highly recommended!
After our Nevis Swing we went inside and collected our hats and I received one of my favorite shirts ever, my Nevis Jumper shirt.
We did it! Rocking our Nevis Swing hats!
You guys, here it is my Nevis Bungy jump experience on camera… You’ll be sure to noticed my nervous smile and my reluctance to go to the edge of the platform and my terrible jump which was exactly what they said not to do…
How far from arrowtown is the nevis bungee jump
Nevis Bungy Jump Guide – Everything You Need to Know
- Post author: Jaryd Abela
- Post published: 12/10/2019
- Post category: New Zealand / Oceania
While planning my trip to New Zealand and looking at the best things to do , it became more and more evident that bungy jumping was like a sport in New Zealand. It seemed there was a bungy jump in every city/town on my itinerary.
I’m the type of traveller who likes to fully experience all the unique activities and experiences that the country is known for.
With Queenstown on my itinerary and the number of different bungy jumps in Queenstown, there was no excuse not to do it.
Upon researching the different jumps in Queenstown, I stumbled on The Nevis Bungy Jump —the biggest in New Zealand (134m)! I remember watching videos of fearless people free falling from some small platform in the middle of a mountain range.
Sure this looked absolutely crazy. My brain was telling me that this did not look like a fun/leisurely activity. It got me thinking, would I rather pass this opportunity and stay in my comfort zone? Or say f*ck it and be able to tick it off the list and look back and think . . . “yeah I did that”.
So I made the commitment to do the jump before leaving for New Zealand. I told family, friends and colleagues I was going to do it, this kept me accountable. I don’t like people who say what they are going to do, but never actually do it. With this in mind there was no turning back.
If you want to get the full New Zealand experience bungy jumping is a must. If you also have big cajones, read on because I’m going to discuss everything you need to know before taking on the Nevis.
The Nevis Bungy is definitely not a budget activity. But then again how often is it that you launch yourself into a 134m free fall? Not often I hope. This is one of those bucket list activities that is definitely worth saving some money in your budget for.
An adult ticket costs NZD $275—this does not include the photo/video set.
There are four different photo/video set options to choose from:
- Photo OR Video (Online or Printed) – This option cost an additional NZD $45 and includes your photos either online or in print form, or the video of your jump.
- Photo & Video Online – This option costs an additional NZD $80 and includes both your photo and videos in digital format.
- Photo & Video Online + Prints – This option costs an additional NZD $100 and includes your photos and videos which get delivered online, and hard copy prints.
- Photo & Video + Prints on 5-way USB – This option cost an additional NZD $130 and includes your photos and videos stored on a 5-way USB, and hard copy prints.
I personally went with the most expensive option. I figured I may as well just spend the extra and get it all. Trust me, you don’t want to regret not having the video to show everyone how much of a bad-ass you are. Or not have the photos to share on Instagram to boost your ego.
If you have a friend who is a little b*tch, they can come along as a spectator and cheer you on for NZD $50.
They don’t say this on the website, but after you finish your first jump, for an extra NZD $79 you can do the jump again. I think this option is designed for crazy people.
Getting to the Nevis Bungy Jump requires the “Bungy Bus”. The jump is on private property and the bus is the only way to get there. It departs from the Queenstown Bungy Centre located on the corner of Shotover and Camp Streets. You must check in 30 minutes before the bus leaves. The bus ride is return and is included with the price of your ticket.
What to Bring
- Camera/GoPro – I highly recommend bringing a GoPro to record your bungy experience from start to finish. Get one of those extendable stick mounts with a wrist strap. This will give you a unique perspective of your jump showing your facial expressions and capturing all your f bombs.
- Flat enclosed shoes – You might be in New Zealand but this doesn’t mean to rock up wearing your thongs, or flip flops, or jandals as they like to say in New Zealand.
- A bag of cement – Seriously you’re going to want to harden up.
Things to Know
- The Nevis is the highest bungy in New Zealand at 134m.
- Weight requirement: 45kg – 127kg
- Minimum age – 13
- Duration of activity – 4 hours
- Check in at Queenstown Bungy Centre.
- Weigh yourself & fill out personal information.
- Take the Bungy Bus to the Nevis Bungy Jump base.
- Leave personal belongings in lockers.
- Get harnessed up by instructor.
- Hop into cable car taking you to the jumping platform.
- Wait your turn, take a seat and get completely harnessed up and attached to bungy cord.
- Walk or shuffle in fear towards the edge of the jumping platform.
- Smile for the cameras.
- Jump! Or maybe after the sixth attempt.
- Say f*ck about 19 times while being reeled back up.
- Hop back into the cable car.
- Get your photos/videos and goodie bag.
- Take the bus back to the Bungy Centre.
- Show everyone how big your cajones are.
The staff deserve a mention because they ensure you remain calm and confident from the check in at the Queenstown Bungy Centre, to the countdown—moments before you jump.
I loved the energetic atmosphere on the small platform you jump from. When I was there they were pumping Kendrick Lamar, and no it wasn’t the clean version.
From the moment I booked the Nevis Bungy Jump to the moment I was harnessed for my jump. I managed to remain completely calm and nerve free. I thought to myself no amount of stressing or nervousness would make the jump any easier—it would only make it harder. Keeping this in mind allowed me to remain calm until moments before my jump.
Something to keep in mind—before you know it you will have completed the jump. Remember it is 8.5 seconds of your life. If you can do this, you can do a lot of things. Now that I have bungy jumped, skydiving doesn’t seem as scary as it once did.
Doing the Jump
The one time the fear did creep in was the part when I approached the edge and looked down. It all became real and it registered in my brain that I was about to fall 134m from some tiny platform surrounded by mountains.
Once I was all harnessed up the instructor told me to walk to the edge of the platform. I shuffled like a penguin trying to remain composed as the instructor said “keep going”.
Once you reach the edge of the platform there are two cameras to pose for. This acts as a temporary distraction from the task ahead.
You see some people do these big, extravagant dives. For me doing the damn thing was enough of an achievement. So I just leaned forward and looked out at the mountains in the horizon.
The free fall lasts 8.5 seconds and if I had to describe the feeling, I would say it feels like you are falling—really damn fast. I didn’t get that feeling where your heart goes into your stomach. It’s hard to describe what was going through my head during that 8.5 second free fall.
It felt like it was the longest 8.5 seconds of my life but at the same time it feels like a blur.
Does It Hurt?
People have asked me if I felt any sort of impact or pain from the rebound part of the jump. From my experience you feel nothing. It is all a smooth process from the descent to when they reel you back up.
Once you have finished the rapid descent towards the river all the emotions hit you. You experience the most intense adrenaline rush of your life. The feeling of accomplishment is on another level. You will likely swear a lot after completing your jump. Not in an angry way but more as a way of expressing the emotions flowing through your body.
There was this quote I read on the website for the Nevis Bungy, it went something like this: “crazy if you do it, crazy if you don’t”. This can’t be more true. This is one of those bucket list experiences you won’t regret doing but will probably regret not doing.
If there is a country to try bungy jumping it’s New Zealand. Maybe you want to ease into bungy jumping and not go straight to the biggest in New Zealand. That’s all good, remember there are plenty of smaller jumps throughout the country. But if you’re up for the challenge the Nevis is for you.
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