The Ledge Bungy is one of the best attractions in Queenstown and it is, quite literally, a bungy with a twist!
Tied around the waist, rather than your feet, you can take a running leap and spin or flip in any direction you like. There’s even a ‘Jump Menu’ to use as inspiration, but if you prefer to design your own, that’s ok too! Be brave and be original!
Situated about 400 metres above the city, with spectacular views of the lake and Remarkables mountain range, it seems like you have a lot further to fall than you actually do. It takes guts to throw yourself from the ledge when the people down below are nothing more than tiny specks. On the plus side, this makes for a very impressive backdrop to your jump photos.
CHOOSING A JUMP STYLE
When I arrived at the Ledge, there were photos of people who’d gone off with skateboards and bikes attached to them. I found some middle ground and decided to run off the platform then twist in midair so that I was facing the way I’d come. It might sound easy, but with all that fear running through your mind, it’s difficult to even remember how to put one foot in front of the other.
TIPS FOR A GOOD PHOTO
The bungy staff advised me to imagine there was a couch ahead of me and that I was about to run, flip and land sitting down on it. They also suggested that if I did ‘the guns’ with my hands it’d look really cool in the photos.
Turns out ‘the guns’ isn’t something that comes naturally even when I focus, and there wasn’t a chance in hell I’d manage to figure it out during free fall. So, my recommendation, if you don’t want to finish up looking like you’re giving the bungy staff two fingers, is to have the guns ready before you even do the run up.
The guys at AJ Hackett bungy really have thought of everything. If you’d like to try something a bit more unusual, you can head up to the ledge at nighttime and do the jump by moonlight!
What would your bungy style be?!
GETTING TO QUEENSTOWN
Intercity Buses provide services to Queenstown from the following popular destinations (rough times in brackets): Wanaka (1 hour 30 mins); Mt Cook (5 hours); Franz Josef (8 hours); Christchurch (8 hours 30 mins). Further transfers are available from these locations. Use the tool below to search for specific journeys or click through to the Intercity home page for multi-journey discounts and organised activities.
WHERE TO STAY
Finding accommodation in Queenstown can be tough. It’s the adventure capital of New Zealand and people flock there year round. In the ski season in July, hotels were filling up weeks in advance. I didn’t book ahead and it resulted in me having to stay in three different hostels in five different dorm rooms. If you don’t fancy checking out and in every morning, get your reservations in early. Of the three places I stayed, Haka Lodge was by far the best. It’s clean and sociable, with all the amenities you could need. There are outdoor decks and two kitchen areas as well as a large TV lounge, and all of the beds have curtains for added privacy.
I was offered a discounted jump by the AJ Hackett bungy team. They did not request that I write a favourable review and any opinions expressed here are my own.