Welcome to the Taupo Bungy blog! Here you'll find news from our Jump Masters, view our pics and laugh at our videos! If you want to find out more about being behind the scenes at Taupo Bungy, this is the place to do it! Maybe with some random posts thrown in about roller derby, tattoos, adventure sports and music!
Posted by isurvived, Monday 14 July, 2014
Sure, most adventure experiences are destined to leave you pumped up, heart-racing and with a new found feeling of being 10-foot-tall and bullet proof, but there are few that can offer a setting that resembles something straight from the pages of a glossy coffee table book while you get your daily dose of adrenaline.
That is, until you have taken the plunge or swung with the team at Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger.
Nestled on the upper banks of the mighty Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river and home to the most visited natural attraction in the country, the iconic Huka Falls, Taupo Bungy’s setting is stunningly scenic and postcard-worthy.
If you’re not a thrill seeker, but there to support a buddy or just fancy a squizz at what goes on above the waters of the Waikato you won’t be disappointed. From the unique cantilever platform you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the lush green bush and crystal clear waters of the river below. Keep an eye on the banks too, as a number of birds precariously perch there throughout the day. Grab a coffee and a snack and take it all in; whether you’re taking the plunge or merely there as support, it’s without question a top spot to pass an hour or two,
The Waikato River is a haven for sight see-ers, walkers, kayakers, swimmers and cyclists who can enjoy some of the region’s top trails that wind their way around the river’s edge. The river mouth starts at the Taupo Marina and flows through the south and greater Waikato region before ending at Port Waikato, close to Auckland.
If you’re thinking of taking the plunge or ultimate swing experience this summer, chances are you’ll see some friendly kayakers pass by on the water below, or maybe even spot a lilo or two, as a river float trip is a popular activity among both locals and visitors alike.
One of the most popular river past times and perhaps a well-kept secret among locals, is a relaxing soak in the natural thermal hot spot which can be found near Spa Park, just a stones throw from Taupo Bungy. Ask one of the friendly staff for directions, it’s a Taupo must-do.
Whether your visit to Taupo brings you in search of adventure experiences or not, one thing is for sure, the Waikato River is a must-see and there is no better view of the mighty Waikato than from the perfectly positioned Taupo Bungy site on Spa Road.
Posted by isurvived, Monday 30 June, 2014
There’s nothing quite like a bit of suspense to get your heart racing. Lisa Laity, a Freelance Blogger from Taupo, tells all about the Taupo Cliffhanger.
Granted the Great Lake Taupo region, with its position as an adventure mecca offers plenty of experiences that will make your palms sweaty and your tummy fill with butterflies, but it’s not all skydives and rafting trips around here. On the contrary, just outside of the Taupo town centre lies an experience not to be missed and one that is bound to give you your daily dose of adrenaline.
Tucked away on the picturesque banks of the mighty Waikato River lies the Taupo Cliffhanger. Yes, here you will also find the iconic Taupo Bungy, but it’s the Cliffhanger I’m frothing about today.
If rustling together the nerves to throw yourself off a bungy platform just isn’t for you, but you’re craving a rush like no other, then the Cliffhanger is the leap you’ve been looking for.
Like any awesome adventure, there are options; swing alone or with a buddy for a hit of Dutch courage. Opt for the countdown or, my favourite, the surprise release; either way this is an experience sure to draw the screams from deep within your belly.
The freefall hit is instant as you speed feet first (reaching speeds of up to 70km/h) over the crystal clear waters below, racing past New Zealand’s iconic native bush and awe-inspiring natural scenery.
Once you’ve caught your breath and the swing starts to slow, you get a chance to appreciate the majestic setting in which this all takes place.
The Waikato River is the largest in New Zealand and is popular with kayakers, swimmers, picnic goers, campers and sight see-ers alike. Home to the impressive Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction, it’s the perfect setting in which to cast your fears aside and take the plunge into a generous helping of nature.
This is the extreme option for those wanting to try something a little different, but with a generous helping of speed, action and excitement.
If the Taupo Cliffhanger leaves you amped and ready for more, go and have a chat to the friendly staff and take on the bungy platform. One thing is for certain, you’ll leave this experience pumped and feeling invincible.
Posted by isurvived, Monday 07 May, 2012
So it has come to that time of year, wind, hail, rain, SNOW, and shine, when we are lucky. Most of our crew have the awesome job of working outside, during the summer this is great we have the river which we swim in when it is unbearably hot or our platform crew have a quick dip in the Waikato River off the winch rope. During the winter time, our team cosy up in our warm heated rooms.
Until we are needed and required to do some real work. When someone has chosen to have the experience of a life time we cruise out into the cold wrapped from head to toe.
And yes with that wind off the amazing mountains and the largest lake in New Zealand that wind is COLD! So what do the bungy crew rely on to keep warm! Only the best that NEW ZEALAND can supply, the Cactus Super trousers!!
There quick drying, heavy duty, breathable and reliable for us on crew, we wear them every day at work and we are on our second winter with the same pair. They say “they wear in, not wear out” well we will defiantly put them to the test.Read More
Posted by isurvived, Tuesday 29 November, 2011
Alright guys, we have been a little quiet around here lately, perhaps we are still recovering from the All Blacks awesome effort over RWC, but it would seem that the mercury is finally starting to rise, cue summer, cue bungy and swing madness, it’s all on!
Now we’re a pretty lucky bunch here in Taupo, we’ve got the biggest and possibly the best (yes, we are biased) watering hole in New Zealand. Thousands of kiwis flock to the glassy shores of Lake Taupo every summer to splash about and cool off.
But while we’re all quick to dive head first into the cool waters of the Great Lake, there are other means by which to cool off, and by that we mean New Zealand’s highest water touch bungy.
Heard about it, thought about it, but something’s stopped you from taking the plunge? Well we think you guys are finally out of excuses. What better time to take the leap than on a scorching hot Kiwi summer day. Guys feel free to ditch the tee and girls if you’re that way inclined, go for it, our crew don’t mind, especially you aye Courtney?
While you’re about to go the whole hog you may want to consider joining the Sole Club. This club is seriously exclusive and only for those brave enough to dive into the water all the way down to the soles of their feet.
It’s only for the hard core and does take a fair amount of precision from our super sharp Jump Masters, but if you’re game, we’re game.
Bungy not your thing? No problem, become a swinger. The Taupo Cliffhanger is the ultimate swing experience, packed full of stomach-dropping adrenaline, screams, excitement and more buzz than you can shake a stick at & while we’re on the topic, Happy 2nd Birthday Taupo Cliffhanger.
Those of you who just like to watch other people bungy or swing, (cough cough scardy cats) have we got something for you. Instead of craning your neck over the platform watching your mates do their thing, jump in front of our awesome new green screen and “Fake It”.
Why should the loyal spectators miss out on all the fun? Jump in front of the Fake It screen and act out ‘til your little heart’s content then send the pictures to family and friends showing them just how brave and awesome you really are.
There’s also some pretty cool stuff happening here at Taupo Bungy in 2012, so you’re definitely going to want to keep checking in. We’re not giving anything away yet, but let us tell you this; it’s BIG!Read More
Posted by isurvived, Sunday 11 September, 2011
As the wonderful season of summer is approaching, new ideas are coming to light of how the crew of bungy will be entertaining ourselves. One of our newest Jump-masters, Dylan is purchasing a jet ski, and using it to get to work… from Whanganui Bay he will jet ski across the lake, build a jump over the control gates and park right by the recovery hut.
A large percentage of the crew are getting into longboarding in a big way, with a few new boards bought which are creating big grins. Hopefully these grins will still have all their teeth by the end of the summer!
Our handy I.T/Jump-master/ all time g.c George has taken up the hobby of prank calling and re-ajusting Dylan and Doughboys Sky satellite.
BBQs, beats, and all round bodacious times are foreseen in the near future for the Bungy, hope to see you all here!Read More
Posted by isurvived, Friday 12 August, 2011
The much awaited Bungy World Cup is happening next Sunday the 21st .. there will be bungys, horizontal bungys, target practice and crazy shenanigans taking place!
Want to know more? head to the info page on our website:
You can get your entry pack there too!Read More
47 Metre Kayak Jump At Taupo Bungy
Does anyone have any crazy ideas for a bungy jump or swing here at Taupo Bungy?
Posted by isurvived, Saturday 18 June, 2011
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Posted by isurvived, Saturday 18 June, 2011
Posted by isurvived, Saturday 18 June, 2011
Men with handle-bar moustaches look perpetually surprised.— George De Paauw
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