The Classic New Zealand Adrenaline Rush!
How can you overload your senses in a matter of seconds, while free falling at 200kph/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.
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 Taupo Tandem Skydiving on Viator and Tripadvisor to start your planning the adrenaline jump of a lifetime.
2. 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 20,000ft, this is the highest tandem skydive in the Southern Hemisphere! Check out Skydive Franz for more information and find more awesome activities in the 10 Epic Things to Do in Franz Josef.
Transport between your Franz Josef accommodation and drop zone is included.
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. Find out more about Nzone on Viator and Tripadvisor. See more adrenaline-pumping activities in 10 Things to Do in Queenstown.
Transport between the drop zone and the centre of Queenstown is included in the price.
4. 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 20,000ft, also the highest skydive in the country, for maximum thrills! Check out Viator and Tripadvisor for more information on Abel Tasman Skydive. Plus, check out more activities in the area on the 10 Amazing Things to Do in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Abel Tasman Skydive operates from Motueka, South Island.
The highest skydive in the North Island is in Auckland at 20,000ft. 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? Book your skydive with Skydive Auckland on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Transport between the drop zone and Auckland city is included in the price.
Wanaka doesn’t seem quite like your relaxing Otago town as you’re hurtling towards the earth! Take in the birds-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 the 10 Things to Do in Wanaka. Book your skydive with Skydive Wanaka on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Transport between Wanaka or Queenstown and the drop zone is included.
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! Book your skydive with Skydive Southern Alps on Viator or Tripadvisor.
Transport between Queenstown centre and the drop zone is included.
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 10 Best Things to Do in Whangarei.
Transport between Whangareicentre and the drop zone is included.
9. 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. Check out more awesome attractions in the area on the 6 Epic Things to Do in Fox Glacier.
Complimentary transport between Franz Josef and drop zone.
10. Mt Cook
Skydive over the milky blue waters of Lake Pukaki with the view of New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook, in the distance! Take the leap from either a 9,000ft, 13,000ft or 15,000ft with Skydive Mt. Cook. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor. Additionally, plan more epic things to do in the area in The Complete Guide to Mt Cook.
11. Bay of Islands
Have 20,000ft 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). Check them out on Viator and Tripadvisor. Additionally, find out what else there is to do in the Bay of Islands in 10 Best Things to Do in the Bay of Islands.
Transport around the Bay of Islands to the drop zone is included.
See Mt Ruapehu, the Bay of Plenty, East Cape and the Coromandel Peninsula on the flight to 15,000ft. Book your trip with Skydive Tauranga on Viator or Tripadvisor. More information can be found in 10 Best Things to Do in Tauranga.
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: