BMX superstar Sarah Walker has taken her bike to new heights with a ride 192m up, around the edge of New Zealand’s tallest building – Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower – to celebrate 10 years of AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand’s SkyWalk attraction.
Miss Walker, who tried out the SkyWalk on foot earlier in the year, decided that returning to the precarious ledge with her bike would make an exciting challenge. She rode the circuit five times.
AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand managing director and co-founder Henry van Asch, a former New Zealand mountain bike champion himself, says he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the SkyWalk experience’s 10th birthday.
“At Bungy we’re all about challenging people with new experiences, and while most people would find the walk itself a challenge, Sarah has taken it to another level today by riding around it.”
Mr van Asch says during its 10 years the SkyWalk has become one of Auckland’s most iconic tourism attractions, complementing AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand’s other Auckland products – the SkyJump and Auckland Harbour Bungy and Bridge Climb.
“I’m not sure I’ll incorporate riding around the Sky Tower ledge into my training schedule but it was amazing to do it on SkyWalk’s 10th birthday,” says Miss Walker.
“Getting out onto the ring it felt as if I was about to start a world championship race. Every time around was scary, I think it almost got more scary as my brain realised what I was actually doing.”
2017 also marks the 20th birthday of the Sky Tower, and SKYCITY’s General Manager of SKYCITY Hotels and Sky Tower Brad Burnett is thrilled be a part of such an exciting event.
“We really enjoy having AJ Hackett’s SkyWalk on the Sky Tower, and providing the platform for such a breathtaking experience. The SkyWalk delivers a unique adrenaline rush for our visitors to the Sky Tower, and our diners at The Sugar Club love watching on from the safety of their seats too!”
To achieve the challenge, Sarah was tethered to an overhead trolley system at two points with her bike tethered to her front harness and to the trolley.