17. 7. 2014
Commercial Bungy Jumping Celebrates its 25 Years Today
The Kawarau Bungy Bridge 25 years after its commercial bungy opening.
Bungy jumping was ‘born’ when AJ Hackett saw a video of Bungy jumps performed by the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club. Realising that others would gain a huge sense of achievement and large adrenalin rush, AJ and friend Henry van Asch set about developing and testing Bungy cords with the help of Auckland University scientists. The pair then developed a Bungy Code of Practice, providing the framework for the New Zealand/Australian Bungy Jump Standard - the company was the first in the world to be awarded the 'S' Mark for Bungy jumping.
Australian man William Nelson was the first paying customer today - 25 years after 1st jump
Despite the sceptics, AJ Hackett Bungy opened for business with a 30-day licence from the Department of Conservation. Many successful years later, AJ and Henry went their separate ways in 1997 -- Henry owns and operates Bungy sites in New Zealand and AJ owns and operates other sites around the world as AJ Hackett International.
AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch enjoying the fruits of their labour 25 years later
After 25 years in business AJ Hackett Bungy still delivers amazing adrenalin-fuelled experiences including the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, newly-renovated Bungy Centre, Kawarau Zipride (opened March 2013), Nevis Bungy, Nevis Swing, Ledge Bungy and Ledge Swing in Queenstown, Auckland Bridge Climb and Auckland Bridge Bungy.
AJ Hackett Bungy crew perform a 3 person stunt-jump
AJ Hackett Bungy is an iconic New Zealand tourism brand and prides itself on being a world leader in challenge and adventure, continuing to exceed expectations for staff, jumpers and the tourism industry.
Co-founders Henry van Asch (left) and AJ Hackett (right) reunite to celebrate 25 years of Bungy
There’s so much more to come. We’ll certainly be here in 10 years and already today we’ve been brainstorming some new ideas,” they said. Birthday celebrations continue long into the night, culminating with a VIP invite-only party at the Kawarau Bridge later this evening (Tuesday November 12). “It’ll be a great evening and we can’t wait to celebrate with staff, family, friends and everyone who’s been such a huge part of this incredible journey”, said Henry van Asch.
Truly big Congratulations from Adrex.com goes to Queenstown!
Thanks to Katie Macpherson. (Bungy.co.nz)