Launched as Skydive Lake Wanaka in 1995, the company started humbly with a van, a patch of grass with a few deck chairs on it, and a borrowed plane.
Since it was bought over in 2013 and renamed Skydive Wanaka, the company has garnered multiple awards with more than 120,000 tandem skydives completed.
Concept Skydive Wanaka is often rated as one of the top skydive locations in Australasia. It is set in stunning and dramatic scenery where you can see up to six lakes, Mt Cook and the Clutha, South Island’s longest river.
The company has a team of more than 35 ‘Beautiful Strangers’ passengers can strap themselves to, for the tandem jump off an orange plane. All the guides are experienced, with many clocking more than 15,000 skydives each.
MICE application This is a unique and rewarding incentive experience especially when the group gets to bond over nerves.
The plane takes 18 people at a time, or up to nine passengers doing tandem dives. Each skydive takes about 30 minutes from getting suited to landing. It’s also weather dependent, so dives are best planned for the late morning in winter to avoid the fog, or early mornings in summer to avoid strong afternoon winds.
The company has three drop zones, which means there’s flexibility should the weather not comply.
But this means corporates need to have flexibility in the itinerary to accommodate weather changes.
Service Skydiving in New Zealand is one of those experiences I’ll be talking about for a long time. They say the hardest part of a skydive is jumping off a perfectly good plane, but I found the initial freefall from 15,000 feet more challenging.
Who can complain flying above a stunning location against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and some of the most beautiful lakes in the country? During the jump, my tandem guide made me feel safe and I felt that he was a great videographer who helped me to document the experience.
Tel: (64 3) 443-7207; (64) 274-796-877