This was awesome. AWESOME. And I didn't even want to do it! I did a tandem jump with my sister off the Kawarau Bridge. First off, it's jaw-droppingly beautiful. Below you, sky blue waters rushing under the bridge and before you, horizon meets sky. All this punctuated by screaming. Yeah, all this beauty and who cares because you're jumping off a bridge in ten minutes.
You check in, pay, and get weighed. (Pay how much? I hardly noticed.) They write your weight on your hand (awesome) and then you take your ticket up to the bridge. Jimbo at the counter was cute and oh so nice. He was very reassuring and laughed at our nervous jokes. At one point, we were counting down and taking little jumps together inside, and a staffer walked by and asked "Are you girls practicing?" "Yes," we said sheepishly. She then proceeded to give us pointers.
You can hang out on the bridge and alongside it, watching jumpers go, if that makes you feel any better. Then you get small-talked (they're good at distraction), harnassed, attached to the bungy cord, and then in a rush, 4-3-2-1, GERONIMO! Don't think, just dive head-first and suddenly you're tumbling amongst flashes of light.
They wave a long pole at you while you're hanging upside down, you grab it, you're told to let go, and suddenly you're in a raft and heading to shore. And then ... it's all over.
Begin the endorphin high that lasts for the rest of the day.
AJ Hackett was safe and supportive. We saw trembling legs and little screams of "don't push me!" and with some gentle coaxing, everyone made the jump. Also, they take great pics. This is a definite must-do, even for the not-so-brave of heart.
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