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Mice Net : December 2008
new zealand bungy celebrates aj hackett 20th anniversary tweNty years to the day after the world’s first commercial bungy jump opened at Queenstown’s Kawarau Bridge, aJ hackett Bungy celebrated its anniversary. van Asch and AJ Hackett were back on the bridge where it all started for an anniversary celebration like no other. Nearly 500 primary school children from around the region were invited to the bridge to join in the carnival atmosphere and meet their adventure tourism heroes. To mark the occasion Henry and AJ did a tandem jump in recognition of their world-renowned tourism achievement. The open day I t was on November 12, 1988 that 28 people paid $75 each to leap off the 43-metre Kawarau Bridge with a bungy cord attached to their ankles. And exactly 20 years later, bungy founders Henry featured $88 jumps for people wearing 1980s fashion as well as stunt jumping displays, a sausage sizzle and a DJ. Since 1988 more than half a million people have jumped from the Kawarau Bridge, something that still continues to delight Henry van Asch. “After we’d had very successful groups of jumpers in France, and had operated in Ohakune for a couple of weekends over the winter of 1988, we knew we wanted to set up in Queenstown because it was the mecca for tourism. Some thought we were mad and that we’d never last, but we started to get an idea we were onto a great thing.” Purpose built sports arena 30 mins to Waiheke Island (and a cheeky red) Great tapas, open till 3am Conference suite with harbour views Best Latte in town 700-seat venue 30 mins to west coast beaches and rainforest Book dolphin safari here 2,500 m2 auditorium Exhibition venue 15 meeting rooms Luxury hotel Shuttle to airport Rugby World Cup Best Italian in NZ. Opera on Saturdays Sail America’s Cup yacht Inside knowledge. It’s not just invaluable, it’s free. At Auckland Business Tourism, we can say one thing with complete confi dence: nobody knows Auckland better. So, when it comes to organising your next conference or incentive event, let us help. Our advice and assistance will make all the difference and our services are absolutely free. Everything from venues to suppliers, pre-event and post-event activities, partner programmes or very special incentive rewards – you name, it, we’ll have the perfect recommendation. For the latest planner, DVD or any collateral just call or email and we’ll be delighted to help. Because we want the choice of Auckland as your destination to result in the best, most memorable event ever. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone +64 9 979 7027 or fax +64 9 979 7080. 86 mice.net