May 1958

AJ Hackett is born

Born in Pukekohe New Zealand

January 1980

Pelorous Bridge test jump

Chris Sigglekow had heard about the Oxford University student's who'd pulled off a similar stunt in Bristol England. With a borrowed parachute harness and a bit of cord cut to a random length, Chris flung himself of the Pelorous Bridge. His hump didn't quite work out - he went straight in to the water feet first and pretty much at full speed before the cord took his weight!

November 1986

AJ's first jump - Greenhithe Bridge

19 metre drop from the Greenhithe Bridge over Aukland's Waitemata Harbour

JUNE 26, 1987

EIFFEL TOWER

AJ launched Bungy to the world by jumping illegally off the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

eiffel tower
MARCH 1988

OHAKUNE NZ

Opening of the AJ Hackett Bungy site in Ohakune, New Zealand. This was the world's first commercial Bungy Site.

NOVEMBER 12, 1988

THE WORLD'S FIRST

Opening of the world's first, year round commercial public bungy site at the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand.

1988

STOCK EXCHANGE BUILDING

AJ jumps from the Auckland Stock Exchange Building. The world's first bungy jump from a building.

1989

BUNGY CODE OF PRACTICE

First draft of the "Bungy code of practice" presented. This document would become AS/NZS 5848. The standard by which Bungy would be and is still regulated by in New Zealand.

1990

FIRST HELI JUMP 380M

Opening of AJ Hackett Bungy sites in Normandie, France and Cairns, Australia.

AUGUST 1990

NORMANDIE, FRANCE AND CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

Opening of AJ Hackett Bungy sites in Normandie, France and Cairns, Australia.

1992

Kuranda Bungy, Cairns Australia

Opening of Kuranda Bungy, Cairns Australia.

1992

The Sir Jack Newman Award

AJ Hackett receives "The Sir Jack Newman Award" for the individual who had contributed most to tourism in New Zealand for the Year.

1994

USA

Opening of Las Vegas and Kissimmee Bungy sites in the USA.

1995

Kuta Beach, Bali

Opening of the AJ Hackett Bungy site at Kuta Beach, Bali.

1997

The Ledge, Queenstown NZ

Opening of the "Ledge" Bungy site in Queenstown.

1999

Scable Zipline Normandie

Opening of the "Scable" (a 400 meter long cable ride) at the Normandie site in France.

July 1999

1,000,000th Bungy

The AJ Hackett Bungy company celebrated its millionth Bungy Jump client after more than ten years of existence and a dozen sites across the Globe!

1999

Acapulco, Mexico

Opening of the AJ Hackett Bungy site on the Condesa Beach, Acapulco, Mexico.

1999

The Nevis, Queenstown

Opening of the Nevis Highwire Bungy site in Queenstown, the world’s only purpose built bungy gondola.

2000

Minjin Swing, Cairns

Opening of the "Minjin" (now known as the Giant Swing) at the Cairns site in Australia.

2000

24 hour Guiness Book of Records

505 people jump at the AJ Hackett Bungy site in Cairns to break the world record for most bungy jumps done in less than 24 hours (12 hours to be exact) and earn an official listing in the Guinness Book of Records™

2000

Royal Gorge Bridge Jump

AJ and friends jump from the Royal Gorge Bridge (world’s highest suspension bridge at 291 meters)

2001

Centennial Honours

Centennial Honours Award 1981 - 1991 - Tourism New Zealand – jointly awarded to AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch for the most significant contribution to New Zealand tourism over the entire decade.

2002

Skywalk & Tower Climb, Macau Tower

Opening of Skywalk and Tower Climb at Macau Tower, Macau

2003

Auckland Harbor Bridge, New Zealand

Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy opened in new Zealand.

2003

Skyjump product developed

Global Distribution agreements signed with 'Skyjump'.

2005

Guiness RECORD FOR HIGHEST TANDEM BUNGY JUMP

AJ sets a new Guinness World Record for the highest Tandem Bungy Jump form a helicopter over Bondi Beach Sydney – 300 meters with Australian TV personality Grant Denyer

2006

Gusi Peace Prize

AJ awarded the Gusi Peace Prize for his contribution to Sports.

2006

World's Highest Bungy opens, Macau Tower

Opening and jumping out of the Macau Tower in China measuring 233 metres above ground and holding the title as the highest commercial Bungy.

2008

Viaduc Swing, Normandie France

Normandie, France open the highest Viaduc Swing in France at 61m

July 5, 2014

SOCHI SKYPARK, RUSSIA

After 2 years of construction the worlds most innovative gravity park opens to the public. Known as SKYPARK. Offering the worlds highest swing, worlds longest suspended pedestrian walk way, 69m stunt bungy site, 207m bungy , Megatrol Zip Line, climbing wall, adventure park, via ferrata and restaurant, bar.

August 29, 2015

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD - MOST PEOPLE BUNGY JUMPING IN 24HRS

AJ Hackett Cairns site awarded Guinness World Record for 542 people Bungy Jumping in 24hours

November 2017

SENTOSA, SINGAPORE OPENS

AJ Hackett Sentosa officially opens its doors on Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island, Singapore.

2021

Skypark by AJ Hackett is launched