Three of us had booked to go on the Flying Fox... we then noticed the 'September Special' online, which meant rocking up in onesies to get our experience half price. A fun promotion which made for even funnier photos. All facilitated for us by the friendly duty manager.
Unfortunately we were unable to go on the Flying Fox due to a technical glitch. Understanding that these things happen - and obviously glad that safety was the main deciding factor! - we decided to take on the Giant Bridge Swing instead (NZ's highest bridge swing). This was great fun and a real adrenaline rush. The staff up on the platform were fun, helpful and reassuring throughout.
Be aware that the whole experience does involve a little hanging around, particularly if there are any issues with the weather or ensuring equipment is good to go. Also the harness may not be suitable for somebody with back problems - it's a slightly uncomfortable position to hang in. There's a good viewing platform for anyone who is watching rather than taking part and hot/cold food and drinks are available in the lodge.
In general, I'd recommend this experience to anyone travelling through the Taihape area who is looking for something fun and a little different. I reckon it's good for the soul to do something that scares you every now and then!
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