Could you imagine being propelled 150m across a valley with up to 3Gs force and speeds of almost 100km per hour in under 2 seconds?
Well, now that’s possible in a world-first catapult bungy experience in the Nevis Valley near Queenstown, New Zealand.
After years of planning the ‘Nevis Catapult,’ launched by AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand is finally here and it’s a thrill seekers dream.
“It’s a pretty unique feeling, surprising even. There’s nothing else quite like it,” says co-founder Henry van Asch who trialled the experience this morning for the official opening.
Housed in a pod and between a series of cables, alongside the infamous Nevis Swing, the Catapult is
a unique combination of height, flight and speed using a bespoke high-speed winch system
developed over years of research.
The idea supposedly came to him in the 1980s while travelling with fellow co-founder AJ Hackett and ever since he has been testing all sorts of ways to make it possible.
“I played around with the idea by riding my mountain bike with a Bungy cord attached, off bridges,” Henry says. “It may have been legal.”
The launch of the new adrenaline experience comes with the celebration of the company’s 30th year, who also offer a range of zip-rides, swings, bridge climb, tower walk and bungy experiences across five sites in Queenstown and Auckland.
New Zealand is already known to be one of the best places in the world for adventure tourism and but it seems they’re continuing to push the boundaries.
“This could never have been accomplished without a combination of daring creativity, sheer Kiwi
spirit, and of course investment in years of design engineering and testing,” says Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephen England-Hall.
Stephan hopes that the Nevis Catapult will inspire thrill seekers from around the world to visit
Queenstown and continue to test their limits for the ultimate adrenaline rush.