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12 Places to Tandem Skydive in New Zealand

Skydive Taupo

Classic New Zealand adrenaline rush!

How can you overload your senses in a matter of seconds, while free falling at 140mph? Skydiving!

It is a must-do adrenalin activity in New Zealand. Apart from being a crazy experience that you’ll never forget, what makes skydiving in New Zealand extra special is the national parks, lakes, mountains and beaches that you will be hurtling towards. Skydiving is a fine way to see New Zealand.

Because skydiving isn’t exactly the cheapest activity, it’s likely that you will only be doing it once while you’re in New Zealand. Check out the list and see which one sounds like your sort of skydive.

Tip: Make sure you write something totally witty on your hands if you are getting your skydive caught on camera.

Skydive Taupo

1. Bay of Islands

Have 16,000ft of madness with Skydive Bay of Islands! You’ll get the best view of the islands scattered in the ocean. Albeit, you’ll probably want to take a moment to appreciate the view after the freefall that lasts over a minute. Once you have got over all that insanity, prepare for New Zealand’s only beach landing (weather-permitting, of course). Find out what else there is to do in the Bay of Islands in Bay of Islands – Guide for Backpackers.

Transport around the Bay of Islands to the drop zone is included.

Skydive Bay of Islands

2. Taupo

The best value skydive in New Zealand, at NZ$359 for 15,000ft minus all the photographic video evidence and the been-there-got-the-T-shirt T-shirt. This is also a must-skydive for Middle-earth fans, as you’ll be able to see Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom). The biggest lake in New Zealand is a great sight to see from above too! Check out Skydive Taupo to start your planning the adrenaline jump of a lifetime.

Transport between the drop zone and your Taupo hostel is included in the price.

Skydive Taupo

3. Franz Josef

“A once in a lifetime experience” has never been so true considering the view of the Franz Josef Glacier is ever changing with its rapid retreat. Why not combine this unique sight with jumping out of a plane? Plus, at 19,000ft, this is the highest tandem skydive in the Southern Hemisphere! Check out Skydive Franz for more information and find more awesome activities in Glacier Country – Guide for Backpackers.

Transport between your Franz Josef accommodation and drop zone is included.


4. Queenstown

NZOne will take you high above The Remarkables mountains and Lake Wakatipu. If you look really closely, which can be hard to do when hurtling through the sky, you might even be able to see New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook. A fun fact: this skydive was New Zealand’s first tandem skydive operation. See more adrenaline-pumping activities in Queenstown – Guide for Backpackers.

Transport between the drop zone and the centre of Queenstown is included in the price.


5. Abel Tasman

The magnificent national park is known for its golden beaches, pristine waters and luxuriant rainforest. What about jumping from a plane above it? Abel Tasman Skydive allows you to jump from 16,500ft for maximum thrills! Find out more in Abel Tasman National Park – Guide for Backpackers.

Abel Tasman Skydive operates from Motueka, South Island.

Skydive Abel Tasman

6. Auckland

The highest skydive in the North Island is in Auckland at 16,500ft. Get an epic view of New Zealand’s largest city and multiple offshore islands from the sky. As Auckland is often your arrival city, what is better to start your trip on a high than jumping from a plane above New Zealand’s biggest city?

Transport between the drop zone and Auckland city is included in the price.

Skydive Auckland

7. Wanaka

Wanaka doesn’t seem quite like your relaxing Otago town as you’re hurtling towards the earth! Take in the bird’s-eye-view of Lake Wanaka and beyond to Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring with Skydive Wanaka. See what else there is to do in Wanaka in Wanaka – Guide for Backpackers.

Transport between Wanaka or Queenstown and the drop zone is included.


8. Glenorchy

Another awesome Queenstown area skydiving option. Jump into Middle-earth, as Glenorchy is full of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit scenery. No cities, no fuss: just uninterrupted views!

Transport between Queenstown centre and the drop zone is included.

Skydive Paradise

9. Whangarei

The crew at Skydive Ballistic Blondes – yes, you read that correctly – will take you high above Northland and land on one of two stunning beaches in Whangarei: Ruakaka Beach or Ocean’s Beach. More action can be found in Whangarei – Guide for Backpackers.

Transport between Whangarei centre and the drop zone is included.

Ballistic Blondes Skydive

10. Fox Glacier

The Skydive Fox Glacier flight is especially scenic with Westland Tai Poutini National Park: rainforests, lakes, rivers, sea, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and, of course, Fox Glacier.

Complimentary transport between Franz Josef and drop zone.

Skydive Fox

11. Tauranga

See Mt Ruapehu, the Bay of Plenty, East Cape and the Coromandel Peninsula on the flight to 12000ft. This would be an awesome way to treat yourself if working in this popular backpacker job area. More information can be found in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui – Guide for Backpackers.

Tauranga Tandem Skydiving

12. Methven

[Update: this dropzone is no longer operating] Skydive near Mt Hutt’s nearest village of Methven. Get epic mountain views so close to the Pacific Ocean! This is a unique way to see this scenic part of the Canterbury region.

The drop zone is just outside Ashburton. You will have to organise your own transport.





More adrenalin kicks in New Zealand.

Skydiving is one of many crazy adrenalin activities you can do in New Zealand. We’ve listed the best of the rest in Adrenalin Activities in New Zealand. Also, take a look at:

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