Soar across Nevis via catapult. © AJ Hackett

Catapult yourself in Queenstown


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The home of adventure sport in New Zealand, Queenstown is also the international birthplace of bungy jumping.

If you’ve already had a go at throwing yourself off bridges or ledges and swung through scenically spectacular gullies, you’ll definitely want to try being flung across an isolated valley by catapult. 

On the outskirts of Queenstown, reached by a bus ride along narrow gravel tracks that’s an adventure in itself, you’ll find Nevis Playground, home to the Nevis Swing, Australasia’s highest bungy and now, the new Nevis Catapult. 

On a system of cables and bungy cords, you’ll be catapulted 150 metres up, out and across the Nevis Valley, experiencing up to 3Gs of force as you reach speeds of almost 100 kilometres an hour in just 1.5 seconds.

The rugged and remote landscape here is mesmerising, for spectators and adrenaline junkies alike – if you can manage to keep your eyes open.

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