WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT FOR SKYDIVING?

There is no age limit. We have had people as old as 90 and as young as 7 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 they can fit properly into the harness.

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wear comfortable clothes that are suitable for the weather. The temperature in winter can be very cold so a few layers are a good idea. Closed toe, lace up shoes are recommended (trainers rather than hiking boots). We’ll give you a jumpsuit to go over your clothes, plus a hat, goggles and gloves during winter.

 

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 dropzone 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’re using one of our free pick up options, we will try our best to fit your spectators in. However, spaces are limited so we can’t guarantee them a lift.

 

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 dropzone and weigh yourself on our scales.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR OPENING HOURS?

We are open 7 days a week and we skydive from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. Our phones are manned from 7am until 9pm.

WE CLOSE:

-       25th December

-       26th December

-       1st January

 

WHAT WEATHER CONDITIONS PREVENT ME FROM SKYDIVING?

For safety reasons, we are unable to jump in complete cloud cover, 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 ideal 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 NZD. (Please note a 1.5% surcharge is applicable when paying by credit card). We do not take any payment until your jump is completed.

 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are located at Taupo Airport, 7 minutes south of Taupo township. Once you’re on the main airport road, take the first right turn and you will see our hangar, it’s black with a pink sculpture of our plane on the front.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

You need to allow 2 ½ to 3 hours from the time you arrive at the dropzone to complete your skydive. The time we give you is your booking time and not the time you will be boarding 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 such as weather changes, restrictions with other aircraft in the area etc.

 

HOW LONG ARE WE IN THE PLANE FOR?

The flight to 15,000ft takes about 20 minutes. 

 

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

Your first skydive experience goes by very quickly so we always advise our customers to go as high as they can.

 

HOW LONG IS THE RIDE WITH THE PARACHUTE OPEN?

After the parachute opens you’ll have about 5 minutes before safe-landing.

 

DO YOU HAVE A PICK UP SERVICE?

Yes, we have a free limo pick up and drop off service in Taupo and a free return shuttle to and from 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 NEED TO ARRIVE FOR OUR JUMP?

Please call us 30 minutes before your booking time to confirm your jump. Once confirmed, please arrive at your booking time and allow 2 ½ to 3 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 dropzone. We will explain the differences in the heights and will also explain all our video and photo options. 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 reasons of safety we don’t allow our passengers to bring any personal belongings in the plane (medical items such as inhalers can be carried by your Instructor). Small items can get easily lost and bigger items can come out during freefall, potentially causing damage to anything that they happen to land on.

 

CAN I GO IN THE PLANE IF I’M NOT JUMPING?

Unfortunately, due to safety regulations, we can’t allow spectators in the plane. Everyone in the plane must 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 (16 people total) 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 (in NZ we say ‘heaps’!) – especially if you jump from 15,000ft. On a clear day, you may even be able to see both coasts of the North Island, Mount Taranaki to the southwest, Napier to the east and the Rotorua Lakes to the north. Even from 12,000 feet the views are spectacular, with breathtaking 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.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE LANDING? WILL IT HURT?

Your landing will be slow, gentle and won’t hurt at all. 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 or 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 not to jump before you board the plane, you won’t get charged for your jump.

 

CAN MY FRIEND AND ME BE FILMED AT THE SAME TIME?

Unfortunately, it’s not easy for our cameramen to film more than one person at a time. You will be leaving the plane in roughly 10-second intervals, falling at 200km/h! We can do our best to film you and your friends during the flight and on the ground before and after your jump.

 

WILL I BE SAFE?

Skydive Taupo has an excellent safety record and we follow very strict safety standards. 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 (NZPIA) regulatory body and our operation is certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).