new zealand

Recently we flew to New Zealand to visit friends and travel around this beautiful island. New Zealand is called “Aotearoa” [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa] in the Māori language. A sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It means “Land of the Long White Cloud”. The country has two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands.

 

We travelled to Kawarau Bridge in Otago. Otago is a southeastern region on New Zealand’s South Island. Its terrain encompasses snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and a rugged peninsula sheltering sandy beaches and wildlife like penguins. Queenstown, a lakeside resort town framed by the dramatic Southern Alps, is famous for adventure sports like bungee jumping and paragliding. Outside Queenstown are dozens of wineries

 

Kawarau Bridge in Otago is the original place for bungy jumping.

We were amazed by how beautiful the colour of the water was. So surreal and magical.

 

“As you shuffle out to the edge of the bridge, heart pounding and mind racing, remember this – you’ve found yourself at the World Home of Bungy. This is the original. Many people have come and gone, on a mission to push the limits and test themselves. Time for you to make the same leap of faith.”

BUNGY ORIGINS:

“Bungy has always been a life-changing experience. It began with a small group of people in Vanuatu. They fearlessly threw themselves from huge towers for centuries with merely a few vines around their feet. They called it ‘land-diving’, and legend says that it started when a mistreated wife threw herself from a tall tree, saving herself with the vines while the husband fell to his death. The event was reconstructed annually, only by women. Eventually, men would join in to prove their courage, and the tradition is upheld to this day.”

About Queenstown Kawarau Bridge Bungy :

“Ever since 1988, we’ve been in the business of fuelling people with courage and adrenaline. We’re also a proudly Kiwi organisation, with innovation, life experience and fun at the core of what we do.”

 https://www.bungy.co.nz/queenstown/kawarau-bungy-centre/kawarau-bridge-bungy/

In our travels, we found a waterfall. The fresh spray from the water was revitalising.