World's First Commercial Bungee Jumping Site

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It's a 142 foot jump
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Small boat to retrieve the jumper
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Here's a "diver"
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Harness area on bridge
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Swan jump
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It's a long way down
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Replacement bridge down river

The bridge was originally built to link Queenstown to Central Otago during the gold rush of the 1880's.  It was later replaced by the larger and more modern Battling Betty Bridge in the 1960's. This bridge fell into a state of disrepair and was deemed unsafe until Henry van Asch and AJ Hackett applied for a one month license to use the bridge commercially for Bungee Jumping in 1988.  As they say; the rest is history and a piece of New Zealand heritage has been saved. A fee is paid to the Department of Conservation for every jump to maintain the site.

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