Well don’t be stupid, not me, because:
- I like all my internal bits where they are
- I don’t like getting my hair wet but once a day in the morning in the shower
- I would totally freak out at the trepidation of it
- I would cling to the ground crying like a baby
- My family would disown me
Well Lucas did exactly that, no, none of the above, but flung himself of the bridge, by running and jumping at it. The bonus was we got to walk it.
|The view .|
|All harnessed up, the hard hats are a nice addition don’t you think.|
We arrived at the AJ Hackett Bungy Jump sight, where we were fitted out with a harness around our waist, that then attached to a railing, a hard hat, should one bump ones head, at a cost of only $20 each we got to walk the walk and take in the sights on the way to the pod to watch Lucas fling himself of the bridge.
|Looking good, good looking.|
Now there would be no easy flying for this boy with his ankles strapped, he opted to go for the waist strap so you have more freedom. He has also jumped before.
I can’t remember how long the walk was, you walk under the bridge and then up a series of narrow metal stairs and enter the pod, if you are lucky it’s not raining, and that the wind is kind to your hair, not that that matters as you have a hard hat on, but still worthy of noting to those who are a bit precious about their hair, (me) this pod which by the way has a disco ball hanging from the ceiling so you are in the mood for a party, is where you can be a spectator or jump. I think that with Lucas jumping, our walk was cheaper than had we only done the walk.
The pod is great, the musics rocking the contenders are visibly shaking in their boots, so much so that one wouldn’t let go of the instructor and I could see tears welling up in her eyes. The fact that she didn’t speak English couldn’t have helped either. Her friend was full of encouragement though. Why wouldn’t you when you are about to terrify your friend, and have her shoved of a gang plank, good pay back perhaps.
|The crying terrified girl is the one with the blue top, she was only little.|
There was a group of 4 solid girls, these two Japanese girls and Lucas. You go in order of weight as they adjust the length of the elastic also depending on whether you want to get wet or not. The weight thing is adjusted each time, hence they start at the top weight ranking and make their way down. Go figure, in Auckland, cold, and you want to get thrown of a bridge plunging head first into the ocean?
The instructor is very good at diverting your attention away from being terrified, he holds onto the strap at your back, standing uncomfortably close it seems to me, (i have space issues) points out the cameras for you to smile as your photo is taken, three times, he then shouts one two three and every so gently (not) pushes you of.
The girl who couldn’t speak any English had her hand on his and wasn’t about to let go. So me thinks he shoved her a bit more gently. She was winched back up crying, I don’t know if it was from relief or from terror. I gave her a hug after and asked if she was okay, like she could understand what I was saying. All the girls were pretty wet and cold by now, the bonus is a free t’shirt once back at base, which is included in the price.
Any way they all got wet except Lucas, he ran and jumped hoping to be able to swing out and then swing from side to side, I think perhaps that when you have the ankle straps and go head first you are more likely to get wet, Lucas didn’t get the slightest bit wet. When you stand in the pod you can see them fall, there is also a screen inside for you to watch.
|There he goes flinging himself of the bridge with a bit of lackey around his waist…..|
The walk was great, the view of course was fantastic and the best bit of all
I got to walk along the Auckland Harbour Bridge with my family, and that they didn’t push me of when no one was looking, always a bonus don’t you think?