New Zealand is home to some of the most picturesque scenes in the world, with pristine lakes, mountains and rivers. There are plenty of iconic things in New Zealand you can choose to do – sheep, bungee jumping and so on. But right up there skydiving is the best of these icons. No matter you’re an old-hand or a rookie, the thrill and fun of the fall can’t be beaten. There is no better way to see New Zealand than from above; hence it’s no surprise to us that the 2019 Virtuosa luxe report titled skydiving in New Zealand as the number one adventure activity.
Once you have decided to jump out of your comfort zone to take the plunge, your next big decision is where to skydive. Here are 6 of the most amazing skydiving destinations in New Zealand, with what makes each one special.
Queenstown has a reputation as the No. 1 adventure playground in New Zealand. There are diverse high-octane activities such as jet boating, whitewater rafting, winter sports, extreme swings, and even bungy jumping. None of those can compare to the raw free-fall of a skydive. Queenstown is known as the birthplace of Tandem Skydiving. Make yourself comfortable at NZONE’s private airstrip in the Queenstown Region before taking the scenic flight to altitude. Take a deep breath before exiting the plane, freefalling over the picturesque Remarkables Mountains (especially for Lord of the Rings fans) and Lake Wakatipu beneath. NZONE is proud to be home to world-class dropzone facilities in arguably one of the most beautiful skydiving locations on offer.
Height options: 9,000 feet, 12,000 feet and 15,000 feet
What makes it special: beautiful island-dotted waters and beaches; one of a few of the highest skydive altitudes in New Zealand; only beach landing in New Zealand
Glenorchy is one of New Zealand’s small alpine village known as “The Gateway to Paradise” and the perfect side trip from Queenstown. You may also recognise the iconic Glenorchy scenery from both ‘The Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit” movie. Both utilised this hub of New Zealand’s picturesque landscapes as settings of the movies. Skydive Southern Alps is home to arguably some of the world’s most dramatic landscape you can ever skydive over. Located 45 minutes from the heart of Queenstown, the breathtaking views on your drive out there will be a mere taster for what’s to come. The small personalised groups and skydive southern alps allow for an intimate skydive experience. The skydive itself will provide you with the best views of the Lord of the Rings ‘Middle Earth’ location.
Height options: 9,000 feet, 12000 feet and 15,000 feet
What makes it special: Queenstown’s cheapest skydive; team is much smaller than at other locations; a much more personal experience; the most scenic tandem skydive
Wanaka offers some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery and picturesque landscapes. A Skydive in Wanaka will reward you stunning views of up to six lakes, the rugged Southern Alps, Mt Cook and the South Islands longest river (the Clutha). You can be totally engrossed in the enormity of the surrounding snow capped mountains. Most of the skydivers have named Wanaka as the most gripping skydiving destination in New Zealand. Chilled out Wanaka is home to beautiful strangers who will soon become your best mates. The extremely professional yet relaxed tandem staff will put all your fears at ease, guiding you through everything from the ground to the air.
Height options: 9,000ft, 12,000ft and 15,000ft
What makes it special: one of New Zealand’s most visually striking overall spots; lake-mountain-river-field blend is stunning; highest peaks in the country in the distance
Nestled between New Zealand’s highest mountains, the Tasman Sea, stunning temperate rainforest, glowing glaciers, mirror lakes and braided river beds, Franz Josef Glacier has been described as one of the most beautiful place on earth. For this reason and many others, the region was included in the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Skydive Franz and Fox has New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook and the biggest glaciers Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers immediately on the right and the wide blue ocean on the left. You’ll skydive amongst mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers and ocean views. The supplier is one of only a few government safety approved skydive operators and are dedicated to the highest level of health and safety practices.
Height options: 13,000ft, 16,500ft and 20,000ft
What makes it special: one of New Zealand’s highest skydives; among New Zealand’s rawest examples of pristine alpine landscapes; the largest glaciers of the Southern Alps; snow-capped mountain beauty
Skydive Auckland is located in Parakai, an easy 45 minute drive from Auckland City. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Coromandel, Auckland City, Hamilton City and both the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. With free transport provided (subject to availability), Skydive Auckland is the ultimate tandem skydive destination in New Zealand. With over 20 years in the industry, the Skydive Auckland team are committed to providing you with an exhilarating, fun and safe skydiving experience.
Height options: 9,000ft, 13,000ft, 16,000ft and 20,000ft
What makes it special: the highest skydive in the North Island; see New Zealand’s east and west coasts
Lake Taupo is the heart of the North Island. Located just 3 hours south of Auckland, a two hour drive from Hamilton and short drive from Rotorua. Taupo is a bustling town that you must see on your New Zealand journey. You can find Taupo Tandem Skydiving at the Taupo Airport, just a 10 minute drive from town. Taupo Tandem Skydiving is New Zealand’s No. 1 Rated Skydive on Tripadvisor. The drop zone is located on the shores of the majestic Lake Taupo with a backdrop of the mountains of the Tongariro National Park. You’ll venture above spectacular Lake Taupo with breathtaking views of snow-capped volcanoes. The supplier has the best-priced skydives in New Zealand and even offer complimentary pickups within Taupo and Rotorua.
Height options: 12,000 feet, 15,000 feet and 18,500 feet
What makes it special: enormous lake surrounded by a diverse and beautiful landscape; very competitively priced skydive location
About the skydive
Tandem skydiving is the fastest, easiest and safest way for an inexperienced skydiver to enjoy skydiving at speeds of up to 200kph/120mph. The system includes a harness and parachute system for both the passenger and the instructor to share, so you can simply enjoy the thrill of the experience knowing your instructor has everything under control. You can choose to descend from the feet options mentioned above. You’re in safe hands with all the latest, greatest and most state-of-the-art equipment as well as highly-qualified skydive masters.