'Awesome' heli jump over harbour

Henry van Asch prepares to launch himself out of a helicopter over Otago Harbour this morning....
Henry van Asch prepares to launch himself out of a helicopter over Otago Harbour this morning. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Veteran bungy jumper Henry van Asch has ticked off another milestone today with his first heli leap over Otago Harbour.

"It was awesome!'' was van Asch's description of his first heli jump in almost 20 years.

And it was his first over Dunedin's harbour, although he has jumped over Auckland and Wellington Harbours and Lake Wakatipu.

The helicopter took off from the Kitchener St heli-pad at 11am, rose to 500 feet and, once the altitude had been checked, van Asch made a stylish exit from the bright red chopper.

He dropped to about 80ft above the water, bounced a couple of times and was carried back to the heli-pad.

"I've done a few heli-jumps in the past but I'd almost forgotten what it's like,'' he said once back on dry ground.

Van Asch is the co-founder of A J Hackett Bungy and his jump was in conjunction with Tourism Industry Aotearoa's four-day Trenz event which began in the city yesterday.

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