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Bungee Jumping + Paragliding, Queenstown

New Zealand, Australia + Pacific: Whoo-hoo! Catching air at the world's first commercial bungee-jumping site, Kawarau Bridge, outside of Queenstown.
Queenstown , South Island
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Queenstown isn't known as the Adrenaline Capital of New Zealand for nothing. This village-turned–hot spot, which sits at the edge of mountain-surrounded Lake Wakatipu, has the highest concentration of extreme-sport activities in the country (if not the world). Commercial bungee jumping got its start here in the eighties, and today you can still leap from the spot where it all began: the Kawarau Bridge, which stretches 141 feet above a river gorge. AJ Hackett Bungy runs buses from the center of town to the site; once there, you can choose to jump in a harness (don't be a wuss) or with an ankle band (now you're talking). You can also decide whether you want to bob above the water, touch it, or get fully doused. True adrenaline junkies can opt for even higher jumps, like the 440-foot Nevis Highwire, or the truly insane Ledge Bunny, reachable only by Queenstown's Skyline Gondola (64-3-442-4007; You'll be making a more than 150-foot jump from 1,312-feet above the city.

If gentle floating is more appealing to you than rapid hurtling, jumping from a mountain peak in a tandem parachute is for you. Queenstown Tandem Paragliding brings you up the town's 2,000-foot Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak, where an experienced "co-pilot" straps in with you for the glide down to the valley below. Paraglide options at nearby Coronet Peak are also offered, and the really high-minded can do heli-tandem jumps from peaks in the Remarkables range—some are 7,000 feet high (64-3-441-8581;

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I visited New Zealand in April, 09 and I thought Queenstown was the greatest place on Earth! Sure, it is a bit expensive for university students like myself but it... more

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