The first commercial Bungy site.
Copying from drug crazed egalitarian tribes down in South America somewhere, AJ and his friend from Holland had an idea that this might be a good thing to do.
Working together with scientists from the local university, they developed a formula to make the first Bungy rope.
This was to string people from a local bridge.
Initially as the blurb will tell you no-one was interested in this ridiculous and frightening sport. And in the first year they only managed to find 28 people mad enough to do it.
Hackett developed the ‘Bungy Code of Practice’ to qualify and quantify this mad new pursuit.
Slowly, more and more normal punters came in, Hackett become the Bill Gates of Bungy and Bungy became the multimillion pound sport it is today.
I did all this Bungy bollocks in Australia a few years back.
If you haven’t done it, you need to do it. If you have, don’t feel you need to do it again (unless your friends are watching, which mine aren’t 😉 ).
Weblinks: AJ Hackett
For those unfamiliar with New Zealand, Queenstown is like the adrenaline activity hotspot for New Zealand.
For Australia, it might be Cairns.
For Chile, it’s Pucon.
For Argentina, Bariloche.
For New Zealand, it’s Queenstown.
A little history
AJ Hackett first came up with the idea of Bungy jumping here things have been on the up and up since.
Rafting, fishing, heli-biking pretty much any activity you can think of goes off here.
Although there is too much to go into detail in this blog. The main ones you can find of interest and originality to Queenstown are:-
As well as the standard adrenaline junky fare, Queenstown lays claim to being the originator of some unique Kiwi technology.
I order to navigate the rivers, often empty and full of stones, a clever Kiwi had the idea of removing the propeller and replacing it with an internal jet engine.
That way they could travel the length of the rivers even when the water levels were low without smashing up the power prop.
The Kiwi’s love this and have turned into a tourist industry. Jet boating.
As the town where Bungy first reared its bobbing head, the town has a number of sites scattered around it’s peripheries.
The main ones are Nevis, the swing and Karawau, the original.
Probably the most famous walking route in New Zealand originates in the peripheries of the town.
Anyone serious about hiking, or with a couple of weeks in the itinerary should consider this trial as a once in a lifetime experience.
Bring your tent.
Mount Cook, New Zealand
Parting shot of the great mountain.
Didn’t manage to get any kind of Broadband connection at the hotel (hermitage).
They had an internet café but it was all coin up machines. I couldn’t even plug my USB in.
This meant a 40 minute, if enjoyable motorcycle ride to Lake Tekapo in the hope of better connections there.
Trolling the high street for 20 minutes turned up this place where the girl let me plug in.
Stress marks the spot
This is why I always go to the most expensive hotels. It saves the first two hours of every day fucking about looking for decent connection.
Anyway. X marks the spot.
Here’s a shot of Lake Bukaki.
It’s at the base of mount cook.
This will explain why the region is so popular with the Japanese, they come here in numbers.