The spectacular scenery of the rivers and gorges of the South Island make it a natural playground for extreme outdoor sports. As well as a bungy jumps there are several other ways you can experience adrenalin-pumping thrills, including rope swings, flying foxes, jet boating and white water rafting.
Listed here are all the places you can bungy jump in the South Island of New Zealand. You'll see that most are located in and around Queenstown.
1. Thrillseeker's Canyon (Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury)Bungy jumping takes place from the 135-year-old bridge over the Waiau River near the entrance to Hanmer Springs. It's the lowest bungy jump in New Zealand (35 meters/115 feet) so it's a good option if you've never tried it or are not feeling too confident.
White water rafting and jet boating trips also leave from the same location. With the alpine spa town of Hanmer Springs just five minutes away, this is a great part of the country to spend some time exploring.
2. Kawarau Bridge Bungy (Queenstown, Central Otago)This is where it all started - the first commercial bungy jump operation in the world. it was opened by A.J. Hackett in 1988 and it remains one of the best (and most popular) places to bungy jump in New Zealand. It's 43 meters (141 feet) above a stretch of the stunning Kawarau River near Queenstown (not far from one of the locations for the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy).
3. The Ledge Bungy (Queenstown, Central Otago)Situated 400 meters (1312 feet) above Queenstown, The Ledge bungy is worth it for the views alone. There is a panoramic vista of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range that is simply breathtaking. There's also The Ledge Sky Swing; try it at night for an altogether different experience.
The Ledge is located near the top of the Queenstown gondola. For something more sedate you can enjoy the Skyline restaurant or luge which still take advantage of the amazing view.
4. The Nevis Bungy (Queenstown, Central Otago)At 134 meters (440 feet) The Nevis is the highest bungy over a river in New Zealand. It's located about half an hour's drive from Queenstown and even just getting there is an adventure, as it's accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicle.
This is definitely the ultimate bungy jump in New Zealand and not for the faint hearted. Adding to the effect of the thrill is the layout of the gorge you are jumping into. Although the walls of the canyon are 135 meters (442 feet) apart at the jump point, it reduces to just 30 meters (98 feet) at the river level. This greatly intensifies the 'ground rush' sensation.
If you're doing a bungy tour of New Zealand, the Nevis would be a great way to finish.