Skydiving in New Zealand

Skydiving over the Abel Tasman National Park Photo taken by: Amy Penketh (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

Skydiving in New Zealand

Skydiving is an amazing, unique, adventure activity. More and more people are taking up the challenge and finding it a very addictive thrill!

Its one of those once in a lifetime opportunities with a guaranteed buzz that is hard to match. Once you have felt the feeling of freefall you will know what I mean!!! We understand it's pretty hard to comprehend jumping out of a plane but if it's on your bucket list, New Zealand is definitely the place to do it!

You can skydive from a variety of heights but generally when getting started you can go from 9,000, 12,000 or even 16,000 ft. The higher you go the longer the freefall and the more time to fly and take in the views! There are options to jump with a static line (which opens when you jump) or attached to an instructor - both work well and the safety procedures are extremely thorough.

If you want to take it to the next level, there's always the option to do an AFF Course. This nine stage instruction programme allows you to develop your skills and work towards gaining the internationally recognised NZPIA A-licence, allowing you to skydive solo anywhere in the world.

There are a range of companies offering skydive options throughout New Zealand but our tried and tested favourites have been in Lake Taupo (gliding down above New Zealand's largest lake with mountains in the background), the Abel Tasman (float your way down over golden bays and turquoise waters with glimpses of the North and South islands on a good day) and of course Queenstown (where every adrenalin fix can be seen to!).

Costs from $249