The Southern Alps and Fiordland Places

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Queenstown

Bungy Jumping

AJ Hackett Bungy. This is where bungy began in New Zealand, at the original jump site; Kawarau Bridge, 20 minutes from Queenstown on State Highway 6. Even if you don't plan on taking the leap it's worth heading there to watch from the viewing decks. There's a new zipride, too, that's way easier on the nerves but still gives something to write home about. Those who graduate from the 142-foot plunge might like to test themselves on the Nevis Bungy, suspended 440 feet above the Nevis River, or try out what they claim is the world's biggest swing. If you're short on time, there's always the Ledge by the Skyline Gondola where you can also jump or swing. Be sure to check age, height, and weight requirements. The Station, Camp and Shotover Sts., Queenstown, 9300. 0800/286–4958 NZ only; 03/450–1300. www.bungy.co.nz. From NZ$60 for the Zipride; NZ$180 for the Kawarau or Ledge jump.

Shotover Canyon Swing. For those who think bungy jumping doesn't keep the adrenaline pumping long enough, the Shotover Canyon Swing gives a terrifying jump with an added scenic boost. Choose your jump style—go forwards, backwards, or tied to a chair—and leave the edge of a cliff 109 meters (358 feet) above the Shotover Canyon. Age, height, and weight requirements apply. 03/442–6990 bookings. www.canyonswing.co.nz..

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