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New Zealand Just Created the World’s Largest Human Catapult, and It’s Absolutely Insane

New Zealand
by Eben Diskin Aug 7, 2018

You’ve been zip lining before. Maybe you’ve been bungee jumping or even skydiving. But even the most seasoned thrill-seekers haven’t tackled the newest, most adrenaline-pumping experience to come out of New Zealand. AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand just announced the launch of the world’s largest, most extreme human catapult in the world: the Nevis Catapult.

Located in the remote Nevis Valley below the Southern Alps near Queenstown, NZ, the Nevis Catapult is designed for optimal height, speed, and flight. The high-tech winch system allows the catapult to propel riders 492 feet across the Nevis Valley floor, experiencing up to 3Gs of force and going from zero to nearly 62 miles per hour in just 1.5 seconds. Riders can expect to be launched across the ravine before dropping vertically and recoiling back upwards at great speed. From initial release to final recovery, the full experience ranges from three to four minutes.

Housed right beside the Nevis Swing — one of the world’s largest swings — the Nevis Catapult hangs high above the valley floor and can only be reached by a swing bridge. The area itself is closed to the public and only accessible by Bungy 4WD.

While (strangely enough) being shot out of a catapult might not have crossed your mind before, we have a feeling it’s about to be the newest addition to a lot of bucket lists. Bookings aren’t available quite yet, but we expect that you should be able to reserve your spot on the website soon.

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