Queenstown: Day 5

BUNGY JUMPING!!!!! So this one is now checked off of my bucket list and list of things I don’t necessarily need to do ever again in my life. At around 11 in the morning boarded a bus that shuttled us off to the Nevis site. This location and bungy jump are named for the beautiful Nevis River, which is 134 meters below the jump platform.

The jump platform—suspended 134 meters above the Nevis River!

The jump platform—suspended 134 meters above the Nevis River!

Don't look down!

Don’t look down!

Suspended in the middle of the canyon, the jump platform was a thrill in itself. With breathtaking scenery surrounding us, the crew blasted some very loud rap beats to get us all pumped up for the 8.5-second free fall we were about to experience.

I felt rather excited to jump… until I actually got to the platform and looked over the edge. At that point it’s best to not think about anything anymore. All you can hear is, “3… 2… 1… See ya!” And for some reason against your better judgment, you jump.

Yiiiikes!

Yiiiikes!

On the edge... smile for the camera!

On the edge… smiling for the camera!

Channeling my inner Pocahontas.

Channeling my inner Pocahontas.

I sort of failed at the whole bungy thing because I failed to pull the pin that was holding my feet up, so I was dragged back up to the top hanging by my feet like a trophy fish. Miserable.

After that, I did the Nevis Swing, which is suspended from a separate platform. This one was much more enjoyable as there was no hanging upside down. I even went off backwards!! I’d actually recommend the swing over the bungy. You’ve even got more carabineers attached to you so that should make you feel safer, if that’s your problem.

The Nevis Swing platform, not as scary as the bungy one.

The Nevis Swing platform, not as scary as the bungy one.

Cheese!

Cheese! I was more excited this time.

The swing platform in the foreground, with me falling upside-down, and the bungy platform in the distance!

The swing platform in the foreground, with me falling upside-down, and the bungy platform in the distance!

 

If you’re afraid of heights—stay away! 🙂

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