1. The first Bungee jump
The very first bungee jump took place at the Greenhithe Bridge in 1986 in NZ.
2. Founders of the bungee
AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge Bungy was the first commercial bungee jump in the world. Alan John Hackett, Henry van Asch, and Chris Allum set up the Kawarau Bridge Bungy in 1988.
3. Bungee stats
The operation has been going strong ever since. The Kawarau Bridge bungee center attracts over 400,000 visitors from all over the world every year. 35,000 adventure seekers indulge in a bungee at Kawarau bridge per year. Over 1 million people have jumped or swung at an AJ Hackett bungee site since 1988.
4. Tandem bungee jumps
You can tandem jump at Kawarau bridge and tandem swing at the Arc. The difference in weight between the two jumpers cannot exceed 30 kilograms.
5. The highest bungee jump in New Zealand
New Zealand’s highest commercial bungee jump is AJ Hackett’s Nevis bungee near Queenstown. It’s 134 meters high, and jumpers plunge from a high wire cable car suspended above a canyon.
6. The highest bungee jump in the world
Macau Tower is currently the highest commercial bungee jump in the world, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. It is 233 meters high.
7. The bungee cord
A bungee cord can last for 1500 jumps. At AJ Hackett jump sites, bungee cords don’t have to work too hard; they are thrown out after only 500 jumps. Your weight determines the type of bungee cord used for your jump. This is how a bungee cord is made:
8. Perks of the job
AJ Hackett employees enjoy as many free bungee jumps as they like.
9. The naked truth
Jumpers who would bungee off the bridge in the nude would get their ticket for free. However, this turned out to be quite popular amongst the many cash-strapped backpackers. Nowadays, there are no more discounts for topless or nude jumping, but you are welcome to do so if you wish