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The Adventure Capital of the World (Part 2)

Tom OBrien
Tom OBrien
Tom O'Brien is an American abroad! He's having a great time getting to know New Zealand while he studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

After we got back from tramping for 9 hours, we had to mentally start preparing ourselves for what was to come the next day…BUNGEE JUMPING!!

I started having knots in my stomach on the 40-minute bus ride over to the jump. But that was definitely overmatched by my excitement. I was about to do something I would have never thought I had the cojones to do.

As we drove up to the top of a mountain, you could see the little hut dangling in mid-air between two mountain peaks. This is where it set in.

I was going to jump off that into the canyon below.


As we got in the trolley to bring us over to the hut, we got to see exactly what we were up against. I almost couldn’t look down, but because it was so beautiful and breathtaking, I had to. I started shaking because the nerves were now coming to me. But then, they opened the doors to the hut and a blasting pump-up music greeted us!

Thank god they had that. Most of my worries were swept away in song. So now I had the adrenaline from knowing I was about to jump 440ft down with just a stretchy chord holding me, running through me, added on to the adrenaline the loud music was pumping into me.

The next thing I remember is that someone called my name. “Tom!? You’re NEXT!” I started freaking out…

As I walked over to the edge, all I could think about was what had led my life up to this moment. When I broke my neck, there were thoughts running through my head of the rest of my life having restrictions. I couldn’t bear to think about having to restrict what I want to do. Now, heading to this ledge I was thinking, this is what I would have been missing if I was just a little bit more unlucky. Looking over the edge and seeing the ground just about 500ft away from me was a surreal moment.


The guy counted me down… 3…….2…….1……. I jumped…


After reading this sentence, close your eyes, and listen to 8 seconds tick off a clock. This is how long I was free falling for. After I started rebounding back up from the first bounce I found myself crying in happiness.

I think all the adrenaline that was flowing through my body was causing my emotions to be all screwed up.  As I was being pulled back up to the platform, I was hanging there, shaking, looking at the scenery around me thinking about what I had just done.

It was the most intense thing I had ever done in my life.

I could honestly say that this experience was life-changing. I now want to do everything that will enhance my life in this way again. It showed me that no matter how scared you are of something, muster up the courage and face your fears and do it.  Afterwards, you feel the best you ever have, knowing you accomplished something that you didn’t think you could do.

This is the link to my video I put together of the jump… Enjoy!

Warning: Tom’s video includes some strong language. It can be viewed here at your discretion.