Kawarau Gorge

Home of the world’s first

bungee jumping

A beautiful gorge and the film location of many scenes in the Lord of the Rings - the Pillars of the Kings, the site of the ‘Argonath’, and the gigantic statues of the two kings of Gondor past which the Fellowship sails.

The Kawarau Bridge Bungy

In November 1988, Bungy pioneers AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch launched the World's first commercially operated Bungy Jumping Site, off the historic Kawarau Bridge.

Chard Vineyard

Specialising in Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer. The driveway entrance is virtually opposite the A J Hackett Bungy site at the Kawarau River. It is a scenic unsealed road to the picturesque vineyard overlooking the river. The tastings are free (& there are at least seven fine wines to try) although a donation is appreciated if you don't make a purchase.

Gibbston Valley Cheese

The cheesery makes gourmet cheeses handcrafted in the traditional European style and made using New Zealand's sheep, cow and goat milk. The café offers cheese platters and wine to enjoy on site or takeaway. 
NEW ZEALAND - Kawarau Gorge