Pupils, teachers take plunge

Pupils and teachers from Remarkables Primary School and KingsView School took the plunge for the first time on Monday when AJ Hackett Bungy held its fifth annual school open day on its 24th birthday.

Pupils from the Frankton schools plus Queenstown Primary School and Cromwell Primary School selected by draws about five brave pupils and teachers per school to bungy jump for the first time.

Visiting children tucked into a sausage sizzle, received a bag of souvenirs and cheered on their classmates and teachers as they prepared to jump.

KingsView School pupil Ben Nicol (12) said that while he felt "scared", it was reassuring the Kawarau River was below the platform.

"I've always wanted to [bungy jump] because my dad did it and he passed out on the way down," Ben said.

Kawarau Bungy Centre business manager Richard Mackley said AJ Hackett Bungy was "an iconic company in Queenstown and it's appropriate to keep the community involved in what we're doing".

"It gives the kids a great experience to take away from the day.

"They love seeing their teachers throw themselves off."

Upgrades continue at the centre in Gibbston after the check-in counter and cafe swapped corners in time for Labour Weekend.

Contractors are building a new outside bar and a 250m zip line attraction, both near the viewing deck and both to finish around December 10, although testing and certification of the zip line means it is likely to open to the public after Christmas.

Patrons will travel individually or in tandem on three parallel zip lines down 125m to a building on the raft track, then travel back up.