Pictured: Australian paramedic who fell to her death in abseiling accident

A woman who died after falling 100 metres in an abseiling accident in New Zealand has been identified as a Queensland paramedic.

Verena Jantje Kühl and her partner were canyoning at Twin Creek Falls, Arthurs Pass National Park, northwest of Christchurch on Sunday at about 4pm local time when she fell.

Her partner then abseiled down where he found her about halfway down the falls.

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

Verena Jantje Kühl was killed in an abseiling accident in New Zealand on Sunday afternoon. Source: Facebook / Jantje Kühl
Verena Jantje Kühl was killed in an abseiling accident in New Zealand on Sunday afternoon. Source: Facebook / Jantje Kühl
Ms Kühl fell nearly 100 metres while canyoning down Twin Creek Falls at Arthurs Point. Source: Maritime Museum
Ms Kühl fell nearly 100 metres while canyoning down Twin Creek Falls at Arthurs Point. Source: Maritime Museum

A recovery operation eventually helped retrieve Ms Kühl's body from the canyon at about 6.30pm.

Ms Kühl, who had moved to Australia from Germany, worked as an advanced care and flight paramedic in Bundaberg since 2014.

Ms Kühl's social media profile showed her to be passionate about the outdoors, with photographs showing her surfing, hiking and paddle boarding.

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

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted by Yahoo7 News for comment.

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