Twenty years ago, Queenstown, which is located on the South Island of New Zealand, was the first place to offer commercial bungee jumping. Every year since then, thousands of adrenaline-fueled visitors flock to this country in the South Pacific for extreme sports and adventure tourism.
The North Island, which is probably best known as the filming location of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and upcoming Hobbit movie, also offers bungee jumping and the country's highest water touch. At Taupo Bungee, located halfway between the capital city of Wellington and the largest city, Auckland, you can dunk as little as your hand, or as much as your entire body into the river below (available at no extra charge). The world's first cantilever platform (meaning you jump from an overhang that is only supported on one end) sits more than 150 feet above the Waikato River.
Think you've got the guts? Check out this video featuring New Zealand's only "splash cam" for a taste of what you can expect.
Lisa Costantini is a writer/editor currently traveling the world with her husband working on a project about sport and culture. More information can be found on their website at www.whysportmatters.com. Lisa will be blogging from the road for us as she and her husband travel through Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe over the next several months.
Taupo Bungee, New Zealand (Lisa Costantini)
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