Local children jump at chance to celebrate Bungy
Media Release from AJ Hackett Bungy
November 12 2009
Local children jump at chance to celebrate A J Hackett Bungy 21st birthday
Nearly 400 children from local schools leapt at the opportunity today (Nov 12) to celebrate the 21st birthday of adventure pioneers AJ Hackett Bungy.
The youngsters flocked to Queenstown’s historic Kawarau Bridge for celebrations which included free jumps from the 43-metre bridge.
Students from Queenstown Primary, Wakatipu High School and Cromwell’s Dunstan Primary were joined by teachers, spectators and bungy employees to celebrate the adventure tourism milestone.
With caped adventure hero ‘Bungy Man’leading the countdowns, approximately 15 pupils whose names had been picked out of a hat took the plunge along with three teachers, all cheered on by an excited crowd of local spectators and tourists.
Jumpers aged from ten to 13 leapt from the bridge after learning how it was all done by watching ‘The Secrets of Bungy’ video, while enthusiasm and energy were sustained with a free BBQ and ice blocks to cool any pre-bungy nerves.
Students from each school can relive the experience by competing in a bungy themed colouring competition to win a Bungy Prize Pack.
Bungy New Zealand CEO Michelle Trapski said she was delighted with how the day had gone.
“Today was the perfect way to celebrate our 21st birthday,” she said.
“We did something similar for our 20th and it was so successful we thought we’d make it a regular event on the calendar.
“The kids have just been bouncing off the walls with excitement and we’re delighted to give students from the Queenstown Lakes district, and some of their teachers and parents, the chance to jump as a ‘rite of passage’.
“Bungy is an iconic activity in the New Zealand tourism industry and we look forward to continuing to challenge and motivate people for many more years to come.”