Ranjit Reminisces: Falling Down Queenstown
Yes what happened is exactly as the headline suggests. I welcome you to the highest Bungy jump platform in New Zealand, the Nevis, 500 feet high off the ground with epic views on the way down. Indeed the almighty drop will only dawn upon you as you tip toe your way to the edge of the jumping platform. Suffice to say that people in my group watched others jump so intensely that it resulted in them backing out of the jump. Rather than getting a spine tingling sensation they suddenly descended into panic!
Whilst I was getting strapped up by the instructor, he informed me that he was still ‘high’ from last night. Initially concern entered my mind as my safety was in his hands, and seconds later I noted his humour and grinned back. His sole aim was to make me relax ahead of the daunting drop down. Now it was time for a quick pose at the cameras, and I smiled trying to mask my nerves as I was guided towards the tip of the platform. Indeed ahead of me was a beautiful mountain basked in sunshine and I was told to pick a reference point, spread my arms out and jump head first. Down I went in wonderful free fall as Queenstown descended before me. Seconds later I made my first bounce, at which point I knew the scariest part was over (at least I thought so).
On the way back up there is a lever that they provide you with on your rope whereby you can ensure that you are facing head upwards as they bring you back up to the platform, so to avoid any head rushes. However my lever wasn’t behaving itself and I ended up head down on the way back up to the platform, the joys! The instructors found it hilarious as they kept me hanging for a few seconds longer as they guided me back up to ‘safety’. Looking back on the experience, it did add to the adrenaline being upside down for a period of time as the views 360 degrees around remained breathtaking.
In summary Queenstown lived up to its billing as New Zealand’s adrenaline capital. Whilst it is a pricy activity at NZ $275 with the company AJ Hackett, you get exactly what you pay for. Furthermore on completion you get a certificate to confirm your status at the height of this town of four seasons at once.