Two Kiwi icons team up for ultimate tourism partnership
SKYCITY Auckland has announced a new partnership that will see renowned AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand take over the operation of the iconic Sky Tower’s SkyJump and SkyWalk adventure tourism activities.
The Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere which attracts more than 410,000 visitors annually. SkyJump, which involves a 192m controlled fall, began operating in December 2001, and since then nearly 150,000 people have taken the plunge. The SkyWalk activity, which sees visitors complete a 360 degree circumference of the Tower at 192m, was added in December 2007.
SKYCITY Auckland General Manager John Mortensen says SKYCITY Auckland is one of New Zealand’s leading tourist destinations, and together with Bungy New Zealand, which operates the AJ Hackett brand, will bring the very best in adventure tourism right to the heart of Auckland city.
“AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand is a world-leading pioneer in adventure tourism and a true Kiwi icon, we’re thrilled to have them up the Sky Tower for the upcoming summer season. Alongside our award-winning hotels, restaurants and bars on Federal Street SKYCITY Auckland is going to be hard to beat as the ultimate ‘must-do’ for visitors to Auckland.
“We’ve had 10 successful years working with the SkyJump team, and look forward to an exciting future with Bungy New Zealand. SKYCITY Auckland pride ourselves on being a world-class attraction, and through this new partnership we hope to give visitors to Auckland an even better experience.”
Bungy New Zealand Director and Founder, Henry van Asch says AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand are delighted to combine one of adventure tourisms most iconic brands with Auckland’s most iconic building.
“SkyJump and SkyWalk are excellent products and a perfect fit with Bungy and our company’s long standing philosophy of offering world leading personal challenge experiences.”
David Mitchell, CEO of Bungy New Zealand, says having the chance to work closely with SKYCITY off the Sky Tower is fantastic and something the whole team at AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand are looking forward to.
“Being able to grow the SkyJump and SkyWalk business while contributing to the further development of tourism in Auckland is very exciting.”
About the Sky Tower’s SkyJump and SkyWalk activities:
Since December 2001 more than 149,000 people have jumped 192m from the Sky Tower
More than 42,000 people have done the SkyWalk, which involves a 360 degree guided walk on a platform around the outside of the Sky Tower at 192m, and began operating in December 2007