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AJ Hackett Bungy
To some it's Bungy, others call it Bungee. All we know is that AJ Hackett Bungy pioneered this crazy adrenalin activity called Bungy jumping in a little place called Queenstown. The madness began at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy in November 1988. Over 25 years later AJ Hackett Bungy is still delivering amazing Queenstown experiences, with the likes of the Kawarau Bungy, Nevis Bungy, Nevis Swing, Ledge Bungy and Ledge Swing.
From the ritual 'Land-diving' days on Vanuatu's Pentecost Island to footage of jumps performed by the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club in the 70's and 80's, the idea for modern day Bungy was born.
Two skiers from Wanaka, AJ Hackett and Henry van Ash teamed up with some university scientists to develop, try and test their concept before pulling off an unforgettable PR stunt at France's Eiffel Tower.
In June 1987, AJ Hackett secretly climbed up the Eiffel Tower and slept there overnight. At dawn he Bungy jumped down off the tower, showing off he's confidence in the safety of Bungy and all caught on camera for the world to see. He was immediately arrested for the stunt but released shortly after. The Bungy jump in Paris made international headlines and Bungy phenomenon had begun.
In November of 1988 the world's first commercial Bungy operation opened up at the Kawarau Bridge. Sceptics believed it was just a phase and that Bungy would never catch on but all these years later the legendary adventure tourism activity lives on and is embraced all over the world.
Queenstown is the 'world home of Bungy' - what better place to Bungy than where it all began!
To ensure consumer confidence, AJ Hackett and Henry van Ash knew they needed an independent method of safety assurance. They developed a 'Bungy Code of Practice', which later provided the framework for the New Zealand and Australian Bungy jump standard. AJ Hackett Bungy are world leaders in safety being the first company to be awarded the "S"Mark for exceptional safety and quality assurance in Bungy jumping. The Standards Association of New Zealand complete an independent audit of all jump sites every six months.