Queenstown, New Zealand is one of the adventure capitals of the world. Known for its breathing mountain range, the Southern Alps, and Lake Wakatipu, it is a diverse tourist attraction full of entertainment and adrenaline filled activities. It is a must see in New Zealand, no doubt. I would suggest everyone make a conscious effort to visit!
While in Queenstown for my semester break, I decided to take the risk and jump out of a plane 9,000 ft from the ground. My overall experience was that it was extremely well done and an opportunity I will remember for my lifetime.
I wanted to make a blog post outlining how I sky dove in New Zealand and provide my recommendations for those who want to do it too!
How did I find information?
A lot of the information I found about Queenstown and skydiving, as well as a lot of the information I find about everything in general, was found by researching the experiences of others. Blog posts, magazine articles, and newspaper spreads, I was able to find all the information I needed about skydiving in New Zealand. I recommend you do the same if you want other opinions aside from mine!
What skydiving association should you use?
After I compiled my tips, I decided the best company to use to sky dive in Queentown was Nzone. My package was $299 to jump from 9,000 ft. The other packages prices are as follows:
9,000ft = $299
12,000ft = $349
15,000ft = $449
I also chose to purchase the photo and video package with the handicam photos and video for $199. This package includes a custom GoPro video of the experience recorded by my tandem master. The video consists of footage on the ground before your dive, a personal interview, the flight into the sky, the aircraft exit, skydive free fall, parachute ride and landing. There was other packages to choose from and the prices are as follows:
Handicam Photos Video = $199
Freefall Photos Video = $289
The Ultimate Combo = $359
More information about these packages can be found here.
I found the handicam photo and video package to suffice the documentation of my overall experience. The footage was beautiful and the stills captured the intensity and immense beauty of my surroundings. I think it is perfect and not too budget breaking.
How it works
My friends and I purchased our tandem skydiving tickets online. We didn’t purchase the photo and video packages until we got to Nzone’s drop zone. We got to the Skydiving Center in the early morning to check in, register, and watch a brief safety video. After all of that was complete, we took a 20 minute bus ride provided by Nzone to their drop zone.
Once we arrived we were able to watch other skydivers fall from the sky! They provided lockers to store your belongings and souvenirs to purchase at the gift shop! Then we flew into the sky and I jumped from 9,000ft! Then the plane flew higher to drop the jumpers who were diving 12,000 and 15,000 feet!
I remember falling from the sky and watching the ground rush toward me. In that moment, I wasn’t scared or nervous… I didn’t have time to think of that… all I thought about and observed was the landscape below me. It was unreal. I’ve never seen anything like it. I think it also made me fall in love with our planet even more and recharged my motivation to work my hardest to contribute to saving it.
When the parachute was pulled and we glided through the sky, that was when I felt the “fight or flight” mechanism through my entire body. My tandem instructor asked me if I wanted to hold the parachute and I quickly refused out of fear for my safety! (yes, I know, I’m a wuss) I tried to relax myself and focus on the beauty around me, but it sure was difficult.
When we finally landed, I couldn’t believe I just did that!! The memory of the freefall kept playing over and over again. I reunited with my friends and we shared our time with each other!
I’m so thankful I got to experience skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand! I’m even more thankful to have gotten to experience it with my friends! It was the experience of a lifetime!
If you go to Queenstown, go skydiving! I can’t stress that enough!