Australian woman killed in 100m fall while abseiling with partner in New Zealand

An Australian woman has fallen about 100 metres to her death after an abseiling accident in New Zealand.

The woman and her partner were canyoning at Twin Creek Falls, Arthurs Pass National Park, northwest of Christchurch on Sunday about 4pm local time when the woman fell to her death, police said.

New Zealand Police Senior Sergeant Neru Leifi told Yahoo7 in a statement the pair were experienced climbers on holiday and had been canyoning down the falls along the Dobsons Walk.

“Police are investigating along with search and rescue coordinators to establish how this tragedy occurred,” he said.

The woman fell at Arthurs Pass, New Zealand. Source: Getty Images
The woman fell at Arthurs Pass, New Zealand. Source: Getty Images

“Police’s thoughts are with the family and friends at this time and the matter continues to be investigated.”

The Australian woman fell about 100 metres while abseiling, according to the Otago Daily Times.

Her partner found her about halfway down the waterfall in a pool of water.

The New Zealand Christchurch Coast Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to help the couple but the woman couldn’t be saved.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted by Yahoo 7 for comment.

Twin Falls Creek at Arthurs Pass, near where the woman died. Source: NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter
Twin Falls Creek at Arthurs Pass, near where the woman died. Source: NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter
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