WIN awesome Queenstown getaway to bungy birthday

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Queenstown’s pioneering adventure tourism company is giving two lucky punters the ultimate thrills package as it marks 25 years.

AJ Hackett Bungy is offering the chance to win a return trip to Queenstown from any major city in Australasia to whoop it up for five days doing bungy and swing rides, partying and other local activities.

The winners will also get to rub shoulders with company pioneers and guests at the company’s VIP party next month, celebrating its 25th.

Entrants have to submit a one-minute video or 150-word blog outlining what they’d do to win.

AJ Hackett Bungy marketing boss Katie Macpherson says the competition will test ingenuity.

“Now it’s the turn of everyday Kiwis and Aussies to step up to the platform.

“We know there are some adventurous souls out there and we’re confident there’ll be some whacky entries. We encourage people to think differently, get out there and do something awesome.

“That’s what AJ Hackett Bungy is all about, pushing the boundaries, but safely of course.”

The winner – judged to be whoever submits the most original entry – will be announced on November 5.

The 25th birthday will celebrate the many achievements and successes of the award-winning adventure tourism company.

As the official world home of bungy, it’s historic Kawarau Bridge site in Queenstown will be the focus of celebrations.

From humble beginnings in 1988 when visionary Kiwis AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch were first granted a temporary consent from the Department of Conservation to set up the world’s first commercial bungy jumping operation at the bridge, AJ Hackett Bungy NZ has become a world-renowned adventure tourism company recognised for its innovation, edgy culture and constantly-evolving range of products.

AJ Hackett Bungy co-founder and director Henry van Asch says seeing people push themselves out of their comfort zone to bungy is one of his favourite things about the company.

“To this day that’s the overwhelming thing that keeps me motivated – seeing people jump for the first time. Embracing the fear and facing up to the personal challenge is what it’s all about.

“I’ve jumped all over the world and there’s nowhere quite like Queenstown in my eyes. The chance to join us in the celebrations and jump at the Kawarau Bridge – world home of bungy is an awesome prize.

“I expect we’ll receive some pretty cool entries. I look forward to picking a winner,” Van Asch says.

Other birthday competitions include chances for local school pupils – some aged from 10 to 13 will have names picked out of a hat to jump on November 2 and 3.

A 25-day deals calendar kicks off tomorrow – each day leading up to November 12 will feature a different bungy discount at www.bungy.co.nz/25bungydeals.