New Zealand adrenaline junkie AJ Hackett set to open world's biggest bungy jump in China

AJ Hackett at the launch of his new book in 2006. Photo / File
AJ Hackett at the launch of his new book in 2006. Photo / File

Adventure junkie and entrepreneur AJ Hackett is opening the world's highest bungy jump, among several other multi-million dollar projects.

The New Zealander is set to open a 260m bungy jump off the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in Zhangjiajie, China next year.

It will feature alongside a giant swing platform, flying foxes and another 40m bungy off a bridge above the glass bridge.

Hackett also plans to open developments in Singapore at Sentosa Island costing $12 million, and a $14m skypark in Moscow, Russia.

The Sentosa Island project will be home to a 47m jump, two giant swings, a vertical skywalk, a sky bridge vertigo experience and restaurant and bar, and is due to open in May next year.

The Russian skypark will feature a bungy jump, swings, flying foxes and glass-viewing vertigo experiences.

Hackett said there is "a lot happening in the next 18 months".

"We've never opened as many sites of this calibre in such a short time frame. We'll double the size of the international company within the next three years."

Hackett's company AJ Hackett International will also be adding jetboating to its Macau operations, which is the current home of the world's highest bungy jump.

The company's luxury Indonesian resort on the island of Gili Trawangan is also planned to undergo a tripling in size.

Hackett divides his time between Singapore, Indonesia, France and New Zealand.

He has been at the helm of AJ Hackett International for 28 years, and famously bungy-jumped off the Eiffel Tower in 1987.

Hackett said the developments haven't been without their challenges. In Singapore, the company spent more than four years working with authorities to be able to open, including a law change to make bungy safer.

"We don't give up easily. If we believe in something we will do everything it takes to realise that dream."

- NZ Herald

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