New Zealand has long been known for its stunning landscape, from the Waikato River to Tongariro National Park. In fact, nearly a third of its land is legally protected for conservation purposes. That, alone, has made the country one of the world’s best hiking destinations, according to Lonely Planet.
Perhaps the most thrilling thing to do on the island, however, is the Nevis Swing, the world’s largest canyon swing that’s located not too far from the heart of Queenstown. Those who dare to ride it initially freefall almost 230 feet and then swing in an approximately 1,000-foot arc. They can reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour — faster than a cheetah.
Though the thought of dropping at such an intimidating height might dissuade some from giving the swing a shot, it’s actually gotten great reviews on TripAdvisor.
“My friends and I had such a great time doing the Nevis Swing together,” one customer wrote. “It was exciting, thrilling and definitely adrenaline pumping and unlike anything we have done before. Everything ran smoothly, from check-in at the office to transport to the location, putting on the harness and preparing for the swing. All the staff members we interacted with were very friendly, fun and professional. Highly recommend this activity, particularly if you like adrenaline!”
“This was the very first activity my group did upon landing in New Zealand, and it sure kicked our jetlag out of our system,” another added. “The crew knows the anxiety participants face on the way to the swings and jumps, and they do such a great job bringing that anxiety to a calm. They are always full of humor and energy! The swing itself was absolutely thrilling and wish we could have done it again.”