While New Zealand can be quite a long flight for anyone coming from North America, that definitely shouldn’t put you off from visiting. People who have been to New Zealand all seem to fall in love with the place instantly. New Zealand simply has something special to offer. It’s just the right level of modernism, mixed with an equally perfect level of country. The green fields stretch as far as the eye can see in some areas, but you have all the amenities close by that you would expect of any modern city.
New Zealand makes an awesome destination for tourism, although if you’re into skydiving, or have even a passing interest in giving it a try, then you should definitely consider New Zealand for a skydiving trip. If you think the landscapes of New Zealand are stunning from the ground, then just imagine how it all looks from 12,000 feet up above. Most people have never seen something as breathtaking as New Zealand’s terrain from high up above.
With more and more convenient connecting flights popping up all the time, it doesn’t even have to be a tiring trip. There are many places halfway between here and there that would make for a great layover for a day or two, meaning you won’t ever have to be on the plane for all that long. On the other hand, people who have been to New Zealand before usually enjoy it so much, they wouldn’t want to waste time anywhere else on the way to their final destination.
Most flights will fly into Auckland, and even though there are great things to see all over the country, if you’re only in the country for a few days and want to try skydiving, Auckland will meet all of your needs perfectly.
Sky dive as a beginner in New Zealand
For people who are planning a trip to go skydiving, one of the most common questions they have is how to prepare for the experience. Many people believe that they’ll need to some sort of training in their home country before going to New Zealand to go skydiving. The reality is, you don’t need to do any training before you go. You don’t even need to prepare in the slightest. All you need to do is show up at the drop zone in Aukland and be ready to learn.
This might seem dangerous to someone who has never been skydiving before, but any drop zone will be fully equipped to get you ready for your first jump in just a few hours. You can show up in the morning, and be up in the air and in free fall by the afternoon. It’s a perfectly safe system, and one drop zones all over the world have been using for decades.
When you show up at the drop zone in the morning, the first thing that will happen is you’ll undergo a training session. Some drop zones will prefer to show you a training video, which you should pay close attention to. Other drop zones will have an instructor walking you through all of the procedures that are contained in the training video.
The point of this training session, is to help you understand all the basics of skydiving and also to prepare you in case there’s an emergency. They will explain all the basic functions and essentials of everything that’s going to happen, as well as walk you through emergency procedures. There’s a 99.99% chance that you won’t need to ever use the information they’re going to be telling you in case of an emergency, but in case an emergency does arise, you’ll be glad they spent the time to do so.
The only emergency that would cause you to need that sort of information, is if your jumpmaster were to lose consciousness during free fall. This is an almost unheard scenario, as nothing during the free fall is known to cause people to lose consciousness. The only reason something like that would happen, is if the jumpmaster had some sort of medical, and it picked the very instant you were in free fall to affect their consciousness. Still, most jumpmasters wouldn’t get certified if they had the type of condition that would cause them to lose consciousness.
If that were to happen though, they will want you to understand exactly how to do things like pull your parachute, and glide yourself down to safety. This is not something you’ll actually have to do during free fall, although your jumpmaster might allow you to pull the parachute if you request to do so.
After they go over the emergency safety features, they’ll run you through your equipment. They will show you how to put it on and how to make sure everything fits correctly. Keep in mind, that skydiving gear is notoriously uncomfortable and you should wear comfortable clothes underneath to make the situation a little easier on yourself. They won’t allow you to simply wear the equipment more loosely, as that wouldn’t be safe. The whole point of the gear is to keep you safe, so you need to wear it properly even if it makes you uncomfortable.
Once you’ve gone through all the safety information and learned how to put on your equipment, you’ll be all ready to board the small plane and head up in the sky for your first jump.
How your first jump in Auckland will go
If it’s your first time skydiving, then it’s very likely you’ll be doing what is called a tandem jump with a jumpmaster. A jumpmaster is a certified skydiver who has over 500 jumps on their record. A jumpmaster with only 500 jumps would be a brand new jumpmaster though, as the large majority of them have over 1,000. Since they perform several jumps per day, it doesn’t take them very long to rack up a whole bunch of jumps.
Once you reach the correct altitude, you’ll both put on your equipment and the jumpmaster will strap themselves to your back. It won’t be a very comfortable position for as long as you’re standing there strapped to each other, but as soon as you’re in free fall, you’ll be essentially weightless so you won’t notice it anymore.
When people start looking out the open door of the airplane, they often begin to have second thoughts about actually jumping. It’s perfectly understandable – jumping out of a moving airplane takes a whole lot of nerve. Different people have different reactions at this point. Some people are super brave, and have no problem leading their jumpmasters out the door of the plane. Other people are so scared, that they absolutely refuse to go any further and want to be taken down to the safety of the ground. Keep in mind though, that if you don’t jump, you still have to pay full price for the skydiving. The costs are mostly in the form of the airplane and the jumpmaster’s time, both of which will still be used. The jump itself is essentially free outside of those things. For some nervous people, losing their money and not getting the experience won’t matter much, while others don’t want to lose out on the money and choose to jump anyway.
Most people will fall somewhere in between though, and will be afraid to jump but will still genuinely want to do so. Jumpmasters have seen this scenario hundreds of times before, and are very good at gauging people’s reactions. If they can see that you really want to jump, but you’re just scared then they can give you that extra push you need to actually follow through. Many people want to do it but simply can’t bring themselves to actually make that leap. A jumpmaster can be great for helping to literally push you over the edge.
On the other hand, if the jumpmaster can see that you’re truly terrified, and really don’t want to jump, they won’t be cruel enough to push you out of the plane. They may still jump themselves and let you ride the plane back to the ground, or they may ride with you back to the ground as well.
If you do end up jumping, as soon as you hit free fall, all your fears should be immediately gone. The feeling of free fall is so indescribable that it’s hard to stay scared. You are observing the world from 12,00 feet above and you feel completely weightless. Seeing the beautiful New Zealand landscape below is enough to bring some people to tears, although some of them can’t really tell, since the wind blows their tears away so quickly.
The best part is all you have to do is enjoy the free fall. You literally don’t have to do anything but fall, which is pretty much impossible not to do once you’ve exited the plane. Your jumpmaster will take care of absolutely everything for you. Once you reach the correct altitude, you jumpmaster will pull the parachute and your descent will begin to slow. At that point they will start to guide you down to the earth.
While many people love the feeling of free fall, as it’s so exhilarating, they also really love the feeling of gliding down with the parachute open. It lets them slowly take in everything below them and it’s truly relaxing. For many people, they hit the ground and immediately want to do it all over again. Depending on the drop zone and what time it is, you might just be able to get back up in the plane and do it all over again.
What if I don’t want a jumpmaster strapped to my back?
If it’s your first time skydiving, then no drop zone in the world would ever allow you to do a solo jump, completely on your own. That would be downright dangerous, and while you might make it back down to the ground safely, your first actual test of whether or not you knew what you were doing would happen during your first free fall. Definitely not advisable.
If you really want to get the feeling of a solo jump on your first jump though, there is still an option. Many drop zones will allow you to do what is known as a static line jump. With this type of jump, you won’t have a jumpmaster strapped to your back, although you will be jumping at the same time as your jumpmaster. Instead of being directly attached to you, they will be tethered to you by a long and very strong rope.
You will jump and enjoy your free fall all on your own, and then be responsible for deploying your own parachute. It will be up to you to know when the exact right time is to pull it. If for some reason you panic, or you can’t figure out how to pull your parachute though, you’ll still be OK. Your jumpmaster will be able to pull their parachute, and the rope your tethered to will cause you to slow your descent to match theirs. You should still plan on pulling your own parachute and not depend on your jumpmaster, but they are there just in case you need them.
Once your parachute has been deployed, you will need to guide yourself back down to the ground. Most drop zones will have you linked up via a walkie talkie to a jumpmaster on the ground, who can direct you on how to guide yourself back down to the ground. Doing this correctly can be a little disorienting at first, but they are usually able to give you proper directions from the ground.
If you’re planning on doing a static line jump, then you will have to go through a much longer training period. You’ll be taking in a whole lot more information in order to teach you how to pull your own parachute and allow you to jump without the help of your jumpmaster. It is also usually more expensive due to the longer training and the fact that you’ll be working with two jumpmasters instead of one.
Where to go skydiving in Auckland
Hopefully by now, we’ve been able to convince you to give skydiving a try while you’re in Auckland. If so, you’re probably wondering if we have any suggestions on the best places to go for skydiving are. We do, but before we get to that, we just want to address one thing.
While it is highly unlikely that there are any unsafe skydiving operators in Auckland, you should still do your homework before choosing one. If a skydiving operator had even one accident, it would cause them to immediately loose their license and they would no longer be open for business. Still, that doesn’t mean you should choose an operator blindly.
We recommend calling the operators beforehand and asking them about their safety records and procedures. And legit operator will be more than happy to answer your questions. Don’t worry if you think your question is stupid, they’ve heard all sorts of questions before and are more than happy to answer them. Once you feel perfectly comfortable with the level of safety an operator can provide, pick the one you’ll go with and get to diving. Our top pick is:
Blue Skies Skydiving
Phone: 0800 727252
76 Green rd,
While we could think of several reasons why a person would want to pack up and head to New Zealand, skydiving there is one of the biggest ones. The views from above need to be seen to be believed and you’ll be completely blown away once you see them. So if you’re thinking about heading to New Zealand and have been meaning to give skydiving, then why not kill two birds with one stone?