440 Foot Bungy vs. 394 Foot Swing: Which One Would You Do? Nevis Bungy & Swing, New Zealand

Picture these two scenarios:

1. You’re on a platform suspended in the middle of a canyon. You have your ankles secured with only a very long rope holding onto you. You mini-step walk your way over to the edge and look down, deep into a canyon at least 50 or 60 stories deep…

Trying to look brave but absolutely terrified!

2. You’re fastened into a harness on the platform in a seated position, your feet still touching the platform. Once secured, the harness is lifted over the edge and you’re suspended with your feet dangling over nothing but air. You look down into the canyon, which is also several hundred feet to the bottom…

Putting on our fake smiles to hide our fears and regrets

My question to you is:

Which one would you do?

If you’ve kept up with our previous posts in New Zealand, we kept things pretty low-key to start our trip with lunch at the Skyline Queenstown and relaxing at the Onsen Hot Pools.

That all changed when we were in Queenstown and walked into a shop looking for some activities. One activity that caught our eyes was the Nevis Swing; it was not just a giant swing racing across a canyon at free-fall speeds but the Nevis Swing touted the title of being the world’s longest swing! Though it sounded really cool, there was a little bit of apprehension between us, so we didn’t book initially. After some discussion, we decided to go for it and the next day, we booked a date with destiny (maybe not that, but it felt like it)! As for myself, Nevis also had a combo deal for its swing and Bungy. I’ve previously bungee jumped at about 100 feet, so I thought I’d just add Nevis Bungy like it was no biggie. Oh, how badly I misjudged the difference between the two jumps…

On the day of our bungee and swing, we went to the AJ Hackett Bungy Centre and boarded a bus with a group of other jumpers and swingers. A bus is mandatory because the site is on private land and only authorized vehicles are allowed access. It’s about a 40-minute ride there and during that time, Mat was starting to get nervous about the swing, asking if we can back out of it. Well, we had already paid for it so it was not much a choice to consider. Surely, I had some nerves building up too, right?

Whatever nerves I had, I was sleeping them off!

*Side note: AJ Hackett was the person that opened the world’s first commercial bungee jump in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge, New Zealand, which still operates today. He has also made jumps from various famous structures and helped give popularity to the activity and now has expanded his operations all over the world.

Remember when I mentioned thinking was no biggie booking the Nevis Bungy? Well, after getting our bungee straps and going over the instructions, we headed out towards the platform for the jump…yeah, the one that’s suspended in the middle of the canyon:

WE’RE JUMPING FROM OVER THERE?!

Remember when I also mentioned that I had previously bungee jumped from 100 feet? Well, this jump was 134 meters or 440 feet, over 4 times longer than my first jump! Currently, it is the 3rd longest bungee in the world! Plus, we were watching a previous group of jumpers going before us and that drop looked really REALLY deep. Cue the “Holy Sh*t” face below.

Sh*********t!

At this point, my nerves were starting getting to me. I could feel my heart racing and my legs turning to jello. The seemingly very slow gondola ride to the platform made it even more excruciating; all around was the view of how deep canyon was and our group had to absorb that in the whole ride there. I really didn’t think it could get worse from there. Guess what? I was wrong again!

How does it get worse? When you’re picked to be the very first jumper of the group…and sure enough, THAT WAS ME! AAAAAAHHH!!!

Though I was woefully unprepared to assume the role of “First Jumper,” I did my best to put on a brave face in front of everyone. Once seated and having my final straps secured, I mini-stepped my way to the edge of the jump platform and took a look down. I won’t lie, that drop looked scary as sh*t and my stomach dropped probably just as fast as I was about to! I took a couple of deep breaths and gathered myself before taking one last look at the camera:

And then…

…3, 2, 1, JUMP!!!

The first half second felt like slow motion like I was flying for a split moment but the rest of the fall was a total blur and an incredible rush! I barely remember the fall since it was so fast! After the rope stretched its longest, it recoiled back up about half of the original height and then dropped back down again pretty quickly. After a few recoils, the rope finally settled and I was pulled back up. Once back on the platform, gushing with adrenaline, I took one quick look back down and I knew I was beaming with what I had just done. With excitement flowing throughout my body, I was eager to take on the next challenge!

Here’s a clip on how far this drop was:

Next up on the agenda: GIANT SWING!

Having already successfully bungeed at 440 feet, I felt pretty prepared and confident on taking on the giant swing. After all, the swing was only 120 meters or 394 feet. Still, that made the swing the longest swing in the world, so it’s still very impressive in its own right.

Mat on the other hand, was pretty petrified at the thought of the giant swing through the canyon after watching the bungee. She kept trying to find any way to back out of it, which I was not about to let her do. We just had to approach this with baby steps. The first thing we had to do was get to the platform for the swing.

It looked a bit daunting to walk across a suspended bridge to a suspended platform but it was easy enough. However, once inside the platform, some of those nerves returned because we were watching people do this:

That’s…just nuts…!! This time, we were not the first to go but that may have been a bad thing. There were at least 5 pairs ahead of us and each pair that went up with their screaming only compounded the fears that Mat was already having. Watching some of these swingers up close, even I have to admit that it still looked pretty scary!

Finally, our number was called. Even as we were getting strapped in, Mat was making her last desperate plea to get out of it but the organizers reassured her that she was going to have fun. It calmed her nerves just enough to sit down and prepare herself. Once we got seated, our swing was pulled over the edge, leaving us suspended over the canyon. When I looked down, my stomach had the same dropping feeling as the bungee. Mat did the wise thing and kept looking up. We took one last look at the camera before our countdown:

…3, 2, 1!!! *Release*

Here’s our clip recorded from our camera:

Another clip from the Nevis cameras:

When the harness is released, you feel like you’re floating before gravity takes over and quickly does its job. From that point, we quickly picked up speed and raced into the canyon at 75 mph! Our bodies temporarily were horizontal as we fell, making me look straight down at the canyon while Mat had her eyes closed for part of it! The wind whistled past our ears while the adrenaline was pumping through our bodies. By the end of the swing, Mat was all smiles and clearly had a blast, evening wanting to do it again! The whole experience was such a thrill and a great time and we’d definitely do it again at Nevis.

So, how can you get in all of this action?

  • Visit the Bungy website for the Nevis Bungy & Swing and other locations, as well as making reservations: http://www.bungy.co.nz/
  • Where: For Nevis Bungy & Swing, you’ll go to the “Station Building” at Corner of Shotover &
    Camp Streets. You’ll see large signs “BUNGY & SWING”
  • Price: Nevis Swing Adult – $195 NZD (single), $175 NZD (tandem); Bungy – $275 NZD pp. You can also find combo pricing and early booking discounts on their website
  • When: The first bus departs at 8:40 AM and every 40 minutes after that. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Other information: If you’re doing a Bungy & Swing combo, the whole thing takes about 2-2.5 hours on site (not including round-trip time, not sure if the time is the same for individual activities). Just bring some water as you wait. If you want to take your camera during the jump or swing, be sure it is securely fastened. Photos and video are also available for purchase, as shown above.

The Nevis Bungy & Swing was an amazing experience and I highly encourage anyone to give it a try. Is there one that’s easier to do over the other? That’s hard to say, though I think I saw more people more comfortable trying out the swing first. Either one you pick, or both, there is no wrong choice. They are extremely fun and are absolutely worth doing in New Zealand.

So, would you do the Nevis Bungy & Swing? Give us a Pin and let us know which one you would do or both!

 

 

 

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36 comments

  1. Wow, what a fabulous description, and photos, and sound effects!

    Actually these guys are very professional, and have one of the highest success ratings in the industry. About 99%, so they are actually pretty good.

  2. I got this tingling feeling on my feet by just reading and looking at your photos; the way you described it plus the video got me nervous!.. LOL. I don’t know if I’ll have the nerves to try it. haha. Kudos to the 2 of you though for doing it! 😉

  3. That swing would be so awesome yet scary at the same time. It would take me an hour though to convince my partner to do so. Hahaha! We would also love to hike those valleys, considering we are avid outdoors people.

  4. Hey, a fellow Californian here… that jump and the canyon look absolutely crazy! I might not do the jump but I would love to explore New Zealand in upcoming years. Everything I have seen looks amazing there. Definitely a place that deserves more than a week of your travel time.

  5. When I started reading your post the answer was pretty easy: the swing, of course! I’m not one for bungee jumping, way too adventurous for my liking. But, then I got to the swing part…why on earth would anyone want to swing upside down!?!?! Yikes!!! Although it does look like a lot of fun, I’m not sure I will ever have the guts to pull either off!

  6. That bungy jump looks very frightening. I can’t believe how high that is. If I had to choose I’d pick the giant swing as it looks like a lot more fun. Both of those must have felt exhilarating. You are quite the dare devil.

  7. Holy crap my heart dropped watching the drops! I’ve never seen anyone do something like that giant swing tho. I’m absolutely terrified but I think I could do it. I mean it’s a swing – sounds pretty friendly right? Lol!

  8. Wow those videos of the bungee jump and the swing look crazy. I never heard of that giant swing before, but it looks kind of cool. I haven’t been bungee jumping, but the idea of the recoil kind of freaks me out more than taking the initial jump. Good on you for doing both.

  9. Wow, bungee jumping has been on my mind from really long and we have a new opened here in India, near to where I stay!! But honestly as much as this got me excited this even scared me too!! Though these adventures are the one which we tend to remember lifelong!!

  10. That looks absolutely terrifying and incredibly fun at the same time. This would be such a memorable adventure, although I don’t know that I could bungee jump. I have been skydiving before, but something about the idea of hanging from my feet scares me!

  11. Can I say neither? I am afraid of heights. Besides I am already 69! But if I had to the swing will be my choice. I will be seated and fastened to a line. I won’t be dangling from my feet!

  12. Thank you for making my hands all sweaty as I read this!! You’re both so brave, and yes, I’m envious! I’m so scared of heights but if I had to choose, I would go with the swing, as I could hold on to my boyfriend! The scenery here is stunning however, and I’d happily be the designated photographer if I went!

  13. Queenstown really is the adrenaline capital of the world! I did the nevis bungee quite a long time ago too. I was super cocky about the whole thing until I was stood on the edge and then realised what I had agreed to!

  14. aaaah! omg, they both look absolutely thrilling. gosh, i still want to bungee jump, but this swing looks another level. i love how you have written this too!

  15. What an adventure! I haven’t brought myself to do a bungee yet – but we did jump off the Auckland SkyTower which was pretty fun! I’ve done skydiving, another canyon swing in the Buller Gorge in NZ, but not the Queenstown ones! I think I would choose the Nevis Swing. We are planning to move to Queenstown so we’ll definitely have to tick it off the list at some point!

  16. Dude. You are insane! Love us how you took us through your emotional journey. The pictures and giffs brings it all together. I would have pooed in my pants! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Amazing! Queenstown is the capital of the world’s adrenaline, by far. I visited three years ago and I also jumped bungee jumping from the Kawarau Bridge. It was a great experience. That feeling when you just let go of the body and “enjoy” the fall, its a very cool sensation. Vertigo and fear but with a little touch of joy 🙂 Great read. – Mariella

  18. We’ve done a bungy in South Africa which is probably the highest commercial jump point but the way you describe it makes us want to do this again. The swing however seems really scary. We’ll probably end up doing both though 😛

  19. I was already terrified by reading this haha! You two were so brave to try both of them. I’m scared of height so maybe I will say no to both, but it looks sooo fun!

  20. My husband and I are going here for our honeymoon in January! I’ve done a bungy before and he’s not the keen, but we are thinking of doing the swing. Definitely sending him this post to help him to decide! Or maybe I shouldnt haha.

  21. Both bungy and swing looks interesting, but I can’t go so high as this. I’d be wet with urine if I ever try a bungy or swing. I envy your courage. Perhaps, if there is 20ft(that’s how scared I am)or lower heights, I can opt in for that. I am sure you’d get the due attention of bungy and swing lovers with this courage of yours. Nice pictures btw. Thumbs up!

  22. Omigosh! Both of those look amazing and terrifying and holy wow, don’t know that I’d have the nerve for either!! I just barely got up the nerve to go parasailing! But hey, looks like a fun way to spend the afternoon. As long as you don’t eat beforehand!

  23. I’m not sure which I’d choose, my heart was racing before I even saw your videos! I think I’d go for the bungee but that is so high! Congrats on completing both of them, you must have got a huge buzz!

  24. This is breathtaking. I don;t think so that I can attempt any one of them. Though given a choice I would pick Nevis Swing. The whole hanging platform looks absolutely insane. You guys are very adventurous with this kind of of activities. I loved the expression of Mat 🙂

  25. Whoa. Just reading your blog had me goosebumps. What a thrill seriously. Honestly I have always been fascinated with swinging deep down in the canyons. Bungy is something I keep doing. But for me swing is the cut short winner. Keep the adventure going 🙂

  26. WoW! Just wow! When I read your post my hands went all sweaty! I would definitely pick the swing if I had to chose one but it both looks terrifying. Anyways, where do I find people to swing with me? 😀

  27. This is damm scary. I wouldn’t dare to attempt either of the two. 🙂 The drop from the swing looks more scary. I literally got goosebumps even thinking about these. Awesome clip of the drop from the bungee board.

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