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Known for its mountainous national parks and dynamic Maori culture as well as world-class surfing and skiing, New Zealand has something for everyone, especially outdoor enthusiasts. Dubbed the world’s capital of adventure tourism, New Zealand continues to bring up the thrill factor with the addition of The Nevis Catapult.
The brand new human slingshot can be found at The Nevis Valley, on New Zealand’s South Island close to Queenstown. The Nevis Valley has housed the world’s first commercial bungee jump and will now be home to every adrenaline junkie’s dream, The Nevis Catapult.
If you’ve already conquered bungee jumps and you’re looking for something more adventurous, the catapult would be the perfect option. If you’re unfamiliar with a bungee, it lets you go through a free fall followed by rebound which pulls you back up. The catapult however, pushes you 492 feet straight up and out.
Created by AJ Hackett Bungy, these thrill seekers who are game enough for the catapult would reach speeds of nearly 62 miles an hour within the 1.5 seconds they are in the air. The entire catapult experience lasts for roughly 3 to 4 minutes depending on individual velocity.
Travellers would have to get themselves on board a AJ Hackett-owned four-wheel-drive vehicle so as to access the remote region of the Nevis Valley before strapping themselves in the harness and getting launched in the air.
Participants should at least be 13 years of age and weight at least 60 pounds (27 kg).
Cost: NZ$255 (~US$172)