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Adventure tourism leader AJ Hackett Bungy launches 25th birthday competition

October 18, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

  AJ Hackett Bungy’s old-school photo and video set-up circa 1990sAdventure tourism leader AJ Hackett Bungy marks 25 years of Bungy next month and is celebrating by offering one lucky Kiwi or Aussie – and a partner or friend – the chance to join the party with a trip of a lifetime prize to Queenstown.

Launching today (October 17), the iconic tourism company is inviting Kiwis and Aussies to film a one-minute video or submit a 150 word blog outlining what they would do to win the ‘Ultimate Queenstown Getaway’ to join the team to celebrate
AJ Hackett Bungy’s 25th Birthday.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre in 1990

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Centre in 1990

The competition prize includes return flights to Queenstown, courtesy of Air New Zealand, from any major city in New Zealand or Australia, four nights’ accommodation in a lake view room at the Crowne Plaza, the opportunity to experience AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstown’s activities including the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, Kawarau Zipride, Ledge Bungy, Ledge Swing, Nevis Bungy and Nevis Swing, one hour of power on a Jet boat ride with KJet, a ride up the Skyline Gondola, coupled with Luge rides at the top of the hill, Go-Karting at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, dinner at Fergburger and a night on the town with the Big Night Out Pub Crawl (all for two people).

The winners will also attend the ‘not-to-be-missed’, invite-only VIP AJ Hackett Bungy 25th Birthday party on November 12 2013.

Henry van Asch and AJ Hackett in Normandie

Henry van Asch and AJ Hackett in Normandie

The entry must be submitted via the competition app on AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand’s Facebook page at You can also find the entry form on the AJ Hackett Bungy website at

Over the last 25 years more than three million people have jumped at AJ Hackett Bungy sites around the world. Celebrity jumpers at the four New Zealand sites include David Beckham, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Jack Black, Tiger Woods, and comedian Billy Connelly – who famously jumped naked.

AJ Hackett Bungy Marketing Manager Katie Macpherson said the competition would “certainly test people’s ingenuity”.

“Now it’s the turn of ‘everyday Kiwis and Aussies’ to step up to the platform,” said Mrs Macpherson.

 The World’s tallest Bungy and Swing is The Nevis in Queenstown

The World’s tallest Bungy and Swing is The Nevis in Queenstown

“We know there are some adventurous souls out there and we’re confident there’ll be some whacky entries for this. We encourage people to think differently, get out there and do something awesome.

“After all that’s what AJ Hackett Bungy is all about, pushing the boundaries, but safely of course.”

The prize will be won by the person who submits the most ‘original’ entry and the winner will be announced on November 5 2013.

The 25th Birthday milestone will celebrate the many achievements and successes of the multi-award-winning adventure tourism company, known worldwide as the ‘pioneers of bungy’.

As the official ‘World Home of Bungy’, Queenstown’s historic Kawarau Bridge will be the focus of celebrations.

Henry van Asch and AJ Hackett tandem bungy at the Kawarau Bridge

Henry van Asch and AJ Hackett tandem bungy at the Kawarau Bridge

From humble beginnings in 1988 when AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch were first granted a temporary consent from the Department of Conservation to set up the world’s first commercial bungy jumping operation at the bridge, AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand has become a world-renowned adventure tourism company recognised for its innovation, edgy company culture and constantly-evolving range of products.

AJ Hackett Bungy co-founder and director Henry van Asch said seeing people “push themselves out of their comfort zone to Bungy” was one of his favourite things about being involved with the company.

“To this day that’s the overwhelming thing that keeps me motivated – seeing people jump for the first time. Embracing the fear and facing up to the personal challenge is what it’s all about,” said Mr van Asch.

“I’ve jumped all over the world and there’s nowhere quite like Queenstown in my eyes. The chance to join us in the celebrations and jump at the Kawarau Bridge – World Home of Bungy is an awesome prize.

“I expect we’ll receive some pretty cool entries for this competition. I look forward to picking a winner,” said Mr van Asch.

People can follow the competition and celebrations on the AJ Hackett Bungy Facebook page and are encouraged to use the#25yearsofbungy hashtag on social media sites.

More competitions will be unveiled as the weeks go by for people to win amazing prizes including limited edition t-shirts and bungy jumps.

Another feature of the #25yearsofbungy campaign will be the 25-day deals calendar that kicks off on October 18. For each of the 25 days leading up to the birthday a different Bungy deal will be revealed.

To check out each daily deal visit

On the day of the birthday, November 12, students from local Queenstown primary and high schools will be joined by teachers and spectators to kick start celebrations at the Kawarau Bungy Centre.

Throughout the day and into the night fun birthday activities will include bungy stunt jumps, a giant 25th Birthday cake and an invite-only event in the evening for VIPs, media and staff.

Local pupils aged from 10 to 13, whose names will be picked out of a hat, will jump from the bridge on November 2 and 3, embracing their fears and completing their first ever bungy jump.

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