Bungy into a new decade - Day 35 (Part 3 - Nevis Arc World's Highest Swing)
On a day that has started with 2 bungy jumps, I'm now on to the World's Highest Swing. I walk out onto the bridge and into the swing area and watch a few couples swing together. After the Nevis Highwire Bungy, I'm feeling pretty good about my limits and not too concerned. I ask about the harnesses thet use, and am told they're like the ones that window washers use on highrise buildings. Seems like the perfect secondary application for them then. When it's my turn, they attach a weight to my butt to weigh me down a bit which I think is pretty funny once again. There is a comment about my clammy hands, and no matter how many times I wipe them on my shirt it's no help. Perma-clam.
I hop off the ledge and flash the camera a III with my hand to signify the last of the day. Waiting for the cue, I'm asked if I would like a surprise. "Go for it" I answer. I can't really hear him so I just tell him "Whenever you got it" "Take another photo maybe" he says and as I give it a wave, I'm off on a 300m arc accelerating towards the opposite side of the rocky canyon. The spectators love it hah! The ride itself is enjoyable and relaxing in comparison to my earlier escapades, and like the others, over too soon.
I head back to the center and skype my Mom and brother. Guess what I've been up to? Moments later, the winds pick up and they are forced to cancel all of the swings and bungys for the rest of the day. I think I was the 2nd last on the Nevis Arc even.
All in all it was a great day. You learn a lot about yourself when you're on the ledge and make the jump. Make no mistake, bungy isn't really about the ride down and bouncing up and down a few times. Bungy is about standing on the ledge and jumping even though everything in you is telling you that you shouldn't.
The Nevis Highwire Bungy was life altering and I would HIGHLY recommend it. The Kawarua Bridge was good to do, but it's just over too quick. The Nevis Arc wasn't anything special in comparison and wouldn't recommend it.
For those thinking that the Arc would be a good substitute if a bungy was a little much for you, I can tell you that there were a few people that came back from the swing and did not have an enjoyable time (very scared by the experience). In contrast everyone who did the Nevis Highwire Bungy thought it was amazing.
AJ Hackett Bungy runs all 3 of these in Queenstown NZ. The Kawarua Bridge Bungy runs $170NZ, the Nevis Highwire Bungy $250NZ and the Nevis Arc $170NZ. I did all three for $450NZ.
Finally I would like to mention that the staff were all amazing and supportive. They really do help make it special and I would highly recommend them and AJ Hackett Bungy for all of your bungy needs.