New Zealand is sure the upcharge capital of the world, bungee jumping, white water rafting, bridge swinging, jet boat rides through narrow canyons and many more.
I just found out about Sky Jump on Auckland's Sky Tower. Basically it's like BASE jumping only there's no parachute & you're hooked up to a cable instead. The cable runs off a drum with fan blades that meet air resistance. You 'fall' at 46.6mph. I suppose the heavier you are, the faster you 'fall.' ;) Just like in the movies. Check it out; http://www.skyjump.co.nz/
Also check out Fly By Wire. It's said to be the fastest thrill ride in the world at 106mph! I guess they don't know about Dodonpa. ;) You're strapped to a ducted fan powered sled slung by a single wire from cables stretched over a valley or off towers. You're in control of the fan, with steering & throttle. There's a 9-10min limit. The sled can hit 90 degrees & 'fly' in circles or straight down over the bottom, stall turn/hair pin turn & so on hitting 3G's. It cannot be flown out of control. Check out the videos, sure looks wicked! http://www.flybywire.co.nz/
NZ has extreme adventure packages/tours. I'll sign up one day. :)
Deja Vu Count = 25
You have to love the personal liability laws of New Zealand. That's why they have so many great ways to try to kill yourself available for a price. When I was down there I bungy jumped a couple of times, took a Jet Boat ride through Shotover Canyon and black water river rafting (innertubing through a subterranean river with glow worms galore). Unfortunately I was unable to go zorbing and the Fly-by-Wire was to expensive (I was practically broke after being abroad for 6 months, good ole' Visa). Also did some mountainside sled racing in Rotorua (kind of like the alpine slides over here but you're not in a trough and you control the speed and you have to drive the things on a path similar to a sidewalk). I also loved the tower in Aukland, which is owned by a casino. They have glass floor panels up top which provide scary visuals. Long live A.J. Hackett!
Anyways, that skyjump looks incredible too. I wonder if we'll ever see the likes of these in America? Probably not, seeing as how bungee jumping w/o a license and BASE jumping are still illegal.
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