Creator. A.J. Hackett
Where. Auckland, NZ
The ancient ritual of land diving, which saw men leap from wooden platforms with vines tied around their ankles, had been practised in Vanuatu for hundreds of years. But it was AJ Hackett who saw the potential in the late 1970s to turn it into a safe adventure sport. He sought the help of University of Auckland scientists to perfect the bungy-cord technology and took his first leap, off Auckland’s Green hit he bridge, in 1986. A bungy jump is now an obligatory activity for the more adventurous visitor to New Zealand and Hackett’s high-profile – and occasionally illegal – jumps around the world – including from the Eiffel Tower and the Macau Tower, have helped spread bungy’s appeal worldwide.