Now, THAT is a leap of faith: what it is like to make a free fall at a speed of 90 km / h in a fall of 200 feet … at the end of a VERY long rope
- Sadie Whitelocks from MailOnline Travel signed up for the Shotover Canyon Swing in Queenstown, New Zealand
- The canyon swing platform is 360 feet high and the kick seeking frees itself up to 150 km / h (93 mph)
- Instead of crying, Sadie was surprised that she laughed immediately when it was all over
& # 39; We take you to a cliff and throw you off. Sounds good? & # 39; a tattooed Kiwi man said to me and a few other people.
I was not there & # 39; OK & # 39; but I was ready for the challenge. I signed up for & # 39; the world's highest cliff jump in an attempt to overcome my fear of jumping from heights.
In the Shotover Canyon Swing in Queenstown, New Zealand, thrill seekers jump from a platform that is 360ft high and falls freely up to 150 km / h on a specially designed rope.
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Sadie Whitelocks from MailOnline Travel signed up for the Shotover Canyon Swing in Queenstown, New Zealand. Sadie said her jump tactic was not to look down into the gap
The canyon swing platform is 360 feet high and the kick seeking frees itself up to 150 km / h (93 mph)
My heart was beating, my palms were sweating. I did not look forward to the prospect at all.
I once jumped from a cliff into the ocean while on an outdoor activities trip with school and almost missed a bed of rocks and since then I have been terrified of jumping from heights.
But the tough Kiwi man assured me that I & # 39; good & # 39; and before I knew it, I was strained and moved to the & # 39; platform of the downfall & # 39; led.
& # 39; What is the worst that can happen? & # 39; the man said.
This image shows how high the splitting swing is – the equivalent of three Boeing 717 & # 39; s that are stacked vertically from nose to tail
& # 39; I suppose dead? & # 39; I answered, with a slight vibration in my voice.
There are several ways to get yourself out of the platform during the Shotover Canyon Swing.
The more confident jumpers can opt for positions that are more difficult to perform, allowing them to experience maximum g-force.
For me, the meek first-timer, I decided that I would not look down. I would just run and jump.
A hangover from a night out in Queenstown helped because my brain wasn't really working at full speed and there wasn't much & # 39; hassle or flight & # 39; was left in me.
After asking again if it would be all right, I took a deep breath and ran ahead.
The wooden boarding under my feet suddenly disappeared and I could not control my limbs while flying through the air.
A shot on which Sadie is jumping off the platform with her hands firmly attached to the rope
As she rushes on at high speed, Sadie said it was impossible to scream and she closed her eyes
Sadie said her heart was pounding and her palms were sweating before she fell off the platform, but the staff reassured her it was safe
It all seemed to go so fast and the feeling of weightlessness was overwhelming. I closed my eyes and hoped for the best while I held the rope tightly.
I fell so fast that it was impossible to scream – even though my mouth was wide open – and a cold chill in the air kept me from fainting.
Before I knew it, I slowed down and dived to the bottom of the gorge with the Shotover River flowing below it.
Instead of crying, I was surprised that I immediately had to laugh because I was swinging back and forth like a cat's toy.
I was hit by a crazy adrenaline rush and was delighted that it was all over.
After I stopped, I was zipped back to my starting point.
& # 39; Would you like to go again? & # 39; the man said.
It was an excitement, but maybe too much for a day …
A jump on the Shotover Canyon Swing costs from £ 128 (NZ $ 249) and advance booking is advisable.
Sadie took part in the activity while exploring the South Island in New Zealand with Wild Kiwi, which offers adventurous group tours for travelers between 18 and 35 years old. The trip starts from (NZ $ 1,199) £ 619 per person, including the trip, accommodation, a professional local guide and breakfast every day. Optional activities are available for an additional fee.