WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT FOR SKYDIVING?
There is no age limit. We have had people as old as 90 and as young as seven skydive with us. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need a parent or guardian to sign the consent form on your behalf. Young children are assessed on a case-by-case basis. It will depend on whether or not they can fit properly into the harness.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear layers suitable to the weather, comfortable clothing and closed shoes are best (trainers rather than hiking boots). For the winter months we do have gloves available for your use.
WHAT IF I WEAR CONTACT LENSES OR GLASSES?
No problem - Contact lenses can be worn under your goggles and we have slightly larger goggles that fit snuggly over the top of glasses.
CAN I BRING SPECTATORS?
Absolutely. The beauty about our drop zone is that it all happens at the same place and so your friends and family will be able to see you board the aircraft and will then be able to watch you land. If you are availing of the free pick up options, we will try our best to fit your spectators in. However, spaces are limited so we can’t guarantee it. Sorry!
IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT?
Yes, for safety reasons we are unable to take anyone over 100kg. If you are unsure of your weight then feel free to come to the drop zone and weigh yourself on our scales.
WHAT ARE YOUR OPENING HOURS?
We are open 7 days a week except Christmas day (Dec 25th), Boxing day (Dec 26th) and New Years Day (Jan 1st). We skydive every other day from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. Our phones are manned from 7am til 9pm.
WHAT WEATHER CONDITIONS PREVENT ME FROM SKYDIVING?
Generally speaking we are unable to jump in low cloud, rain or high winds. Taupo has its own microclimate and it can change very quickly. Your safety is very important to us so we will make sure the conditions are perfect before you jump.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
If the weather is bad when you phone to confirm your jump we will re schedule you for another time later that day or the next day depending on your schedule. We will give you a choice of times that we have available and you can let us know which one suits you.
WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept credit card payments via Visa, MasterCard, Eftpos NZ and cash in NZ$. (Please note a 1.5% surcharge is applicable when paying by credit card). You will pay for your skydive once you have landed so you can pay however you wish.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are very easy to find at Taupo Airport. A map and detailed directions can be found on our location page.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
You need to allow 2 ½ to 3 hours from the time you arrive at the drop zone to complete your sky dive. The time we give you is your booking time and not the time you actually board the plane. We always aim to have customers on the plane as soon as possible, however sometimes we are delayed by factors out of control e.g. weather changes, restrictions with other aircraft in the area etc.
DO YOU HAVE A PICK UP SERVICE?
Yes, we have a free, courtesy Limo pick up and drop off service in Taupo and a free return shuttle to Rotorua. If you would like to bring spectators with you, we will try to fit them in.
However, spaces are limited so we can’t guarantee them a lift.
WHAT TIME DO WE HAVE TO BE AT THE DROP ZONE?
Please call 30 minutes before your booking time to confirm. Once confirmed, please arrive at your booking time and allow 2 ½ hours to complete your whole skydive experience.
I'M NOT SURE WHAT HEIGHT I WANT TO JUMP FROM?
Don’t worry; we go through all options with you when you arrive at the drop zone. We will explain the differences in the heights and will also show you an example of the different types of DVD that you can purchase. After you have had all the information you can decide which options you would like to take.
CAN I TAKE MY CAMERA IN THE PLANE WITH ME?
For safety reasons you are unable to take anything in the plane with you. Cameras can easily be dropped in freefall and could possibly land on a car travelling down the highway or another passenger already under canopy.
CAN I GO IN THE PLANE IF I’M NOT JUMPING?
For safety reasons the answer is no. Everyone in the plane has to have a parachute – and that includes the pilot. We have a spectator area on the ground where you can see all the action.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT BEFORE I JUMP?
Just eat normally – you shouldn’t feel sick.
CAN I JUMP WITH MY FRIENDS?
Wherever possible we try to keep you with your friends and family. The plane has a limited number of seats so we may have to separate you depending on numbers. We will discuss this with you further when you arrive for your jump.
HOW MUCH CAN I SEE?
Lots – especially if you jump from 15,000 feet. On a clear day you can see both sides of the North Island from Napier through to Mount Taranaki. Even from 12,000 feet the views are spectacular with breath taking views of the Tongariro National Park (including Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings) and Great Lake Taupo.
IS IT COLD?
In wintertime, it can be cold so we recommend wearing lots of layers. We provide you with gloves but if you have your own you are welcome to wear them.
HOW LONG IS THE FREEFALL?
That depends on what height you jump from:
12,000 feet – (3,650 metres) – 45 seconds
15,000 feet – (4,575 metres) – 60 seconds
We definitely recommend 15,000 feet.
WHAT ABOUT THE LANDING? WILL IT HURT?
Not at all it’s a very soft landing. Our parachutes are designed for tandems and so are very easy to steer and slow down ready for landing. Depending on the conditions you may slide into land on your bottom or you may land standing up. If you have knee of leg injuries, make sure you tell your instructor and they can adjust your landing accordingly.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE NOT TO JUMP?
It is very rare that people decide not to jump. We will make sure you feel 100% comfortable and talk you through everything that is going to happen. If you decide whilst still on the ground that you don’t wish to skydive you will not get charged.
CAN MY FRIEND AND ME BE FILMED AT THE SAME TIME?
Unfortunately, It’s impossible for our cameramen to film any more than one person at a time. You will leave the plane at 10-second intervals travelling at over 200 km/ph! However, we can film your friends on the ground before you jump.
WILL I BE SAFE?
Skydive Taupo has an excellent safety record. We have an experienced team whose mission is to make your experience with us as safe and memorable as possible. We are members of the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association regulatory body and certified by Civil Aviation Authority.