During the tour we have a very wide range of optional activities to choose from, we asked around our guides to pick their top 5 adrenaline activities on offer and here’s what they came up with!
With 4 different locations to choose from on our ‘Ultimate Explorer Tour’ it is a fairly common question on where the best place is to skydive in New Zealand. The locations that we offer are; Taupo - Central North Island, Queenstown - bottom of the South Island, Fox Glacier - Glacier Country, West Coast and Abel Tasman - Top of the South Island. Below we have listed what makes each location unique to their own and might help you in deciding where you would like to jump out of a plane from!
Taupo Tandem Skydive – Located in the central North Island and surrounded by active volcanoes, need I say more? With the jump zone located on the Northern-East edge of Lake Taupo, the views from the ground are already incredible. Take about a 20-30min flight soaring above Lake Taupo taking in views of the Lake, surrounding farmland, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngaruahoe as your back drop at the Southern end of the Lake. Height choices of 9,000ft, 12,000ft or 15,000ft are available and you’ll even get picked up in their customized bright yellow Hummer Limo!
NZONE Queenstown – Queenstown, being the adrenaline capital of THE WORLD! Not only New Zealand, makes you think, why the hell not!? Surrounded by nothing but New Zealand’s longest lake, National Parks and mountains for days you can just imagine what the views must be like from 15,000ft. Your plane ride will give you a nice close up view of the favoured mountain range ‘The Remarkables’ before dropping you out of the plane right over the top of Lake Wakatipu.
Skydive Fox Glacier – A new location for us this coming season, but just from visiting this area from the ground you can’t say no to seeing it from the sky! With a backdrop of the Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Glaciers, Rain Forest and the Ocean, it pretty much sells itself!
Skydive Abel Tasman – Your last chance on tour to give a big tick off on the bucket list! Located in the sunniest area of the country, you are almost guaranteed 100% all go on the weather front. The jump zone is located in the small fruit farming town of Motueka, Tasman Bay, one valley over from the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Including the park in your view you will also get glimpses of fruit orchards, Tasman bay coast line, The North Island, and if you’re lucky, on a clear day you might even get to see Mt Taranaki, A single Volcano on the western side of the North Island.
So, where is the best place to Skydive? I’ll leave that up to you to decide ;)
The Nevis Bungy
With Bungy Jumping being invented in New Zealand it is a 100% must do, and if you’re gonna do it, you might as well do the big one! The Nevis Bungy, the highest bungy jump in New Zealand. Hanging at 134m in the Nevis valley this jump is sure to give you all the feels! The jump is scary enough as it is but get this, you have to take a little cable cart out across the valley to meet the jump platform that’s suspended by cable wires right in the centre! And just in case you were trying to be one of the brave, the floor is made out of glass! Are you ready to take the plunge?
Skippers Jet Boat
Skipper’s jet boat is awesome! Not only do you get to go screaming down Shotover River where in places the water is only 5 inches deep, getting so close to the canyon walls that if you stuck your arm out you probably wouldn’t have it any more AND doing 360 degree spins throughout your journey, you also get to drive down one of the Top 10 most dangerous roads in the world! Now if that doesn’t kick start your adrenaline then I don’t think anything will. Travelling at speeds of up to 80kmph through some of the narrower canyons on the Shotover River you will also get the chance to see a Lord of The Rings film location and learn a bit about NZs gold mining history.
Canyoning is an epic series of abseiling, cliff jumps, natural rock slides and zip lines to make your way through a canyon that is completely inaccessible without an expert guide, the ropes, harnesses and wetsuits needed to get to the bottom. A full on day including walking, swimming, dunking under waterfalls and conquering fears! This amazing activity is located right in the middle of Abel Tasman National Park and you will definitely not be disappointed by the views and your stoke levels!
White Water Rafting
A great mixture of team work, adrenaline, fun and terrifying all at the same time! Choose your level from 3 – 5, no experience necessary, and work your way down, what usually in NZ, is a glacial feed river. Your expert guide will give you all the instructions you need, so as long as you listen to him/her it should run pretty smoothly. Don’t get me wrong though, it definitely is a work out! You’ll come out on the other end, wet, excited, pumped up and ready for more!