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Henry's 5000th Skydive

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Congratulations to Henry who has done his 5000th skydive.
Henry is the Skydive Operations Manager here at Skydive Franz and after many years in the industry he says skydiving is still amazing.
"What's good about skydiving is that it has no end, there's always something new to learn," says Henry. "And they're skills that no one will ever completely master."
Henry 5000th skydive was extra special as he did it with his friends/co-workers.
"I'm lucky to work with such a great group of people with jump numbers ranging from 200 to 5000 and we love jumping together," says Henry. 

~ Congratulations on another milestone Henry 😊

Skydive Franz Farewells Julie

Thursday, March 08, 2018

We've bid a fond farewell to Julie who has been the main point of contact for customers and agents in our booking office for the past several years. Julie has been creating additions to her range of beautiful handmade jewellery and will be heading home to Scotland for some time with family and friends before embarking on her next line of work. Julie's been a big part of the Skydive Franz family and is sorely missed but we're stoked she's not leaving Franz Josef and she'll always be considered a part of the team.

~ Thanks for everything Julie and see you at the next SDF party!

Nine Year Old Skydiver

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Check out this mighty girl, only nine years old and lovin' her first skydive. She'll be able to take on the whole world now 🤘

Imagined Freefall Conversation

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Imagined Freefall Conversation:

Tandem Instructor: "Look, I"m pointing at Franz Josef Glacier."
Tandem Customer: "Wow, it's so ice-olated."
Both laugh and laugh and have the best day ever.

Valentine's Day Coming Up

Monday, February 12, 2018
Valentine's Day is coming up, an awesome day to do a skydive. No S.O though? No worries, we'll hold your hand.

Alex's 3000km Walk

Thursday, February 08, 2018

We live a long way from any major cities so it’s always nice when family visit, and it’s extra special when one of them has walked all the way here from the top of the North Island.

Tandem instructor JT’s cousin, Alex Winiata, is three months into his 3000km trek from Cape Reinga to Bluff and he took a bit of detour to visit JT and do a skydive.

While Alex has done one previous skydive in the North Island, this one was a little different.

“This skydive was easily ten times better,” says Alex. “You’ve got Mount Cook, the glaciers, the sea and it was fun with JT. We played paper, scissors, rock while in the air.”

Alex is walking the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail and raising funds and awareness along the way for prevention of teen suicide with 100% of the money he raises going to charity. Surprisingly the walking hasn’t been the hardest part of the journey.

“The walking’s not hard physically, it’s about 20km per day or five to six hours,” says Alex. “It’s the mental part, sometimes it sucks walking up a mountain and I’m not feeling enthused. But the upside is that I’ve seen something amazing every single day.”

It hasn’t all been plain sailing, Alex was run over near Picton while sleeping in his tent at a campground.

“I was totally asleep when a tourist in his car reversed over my tent,” says Alex. “I was lucky that I only got a sore shoulder and my sponsor replaced my damaged gear. The driver gave me a bottle of wine before driving off.”

Other memorable moments have included the beauty of the Nelson Lakes areas where Alex says he spent time alone viewing waterfalls and the clearest water in the world. The other thing that has struck him has been the welcoming from strangers.

“I’ve met so many people along the way and lots of people want to get involved,” says Alex. “I might be in some random town I’ve never been to before and within 20 minutes someone has offered me a place to stay or camp. A lot of people my age don’t have much money but help in other ways.”

You can check out Alex’s Walk For Life here:


~ All the best with your walk for life Alex, it was great having you here and thanks for skydiving with us

Skydive Franz Welcomes Lily to the Team

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Lily has recently moved to Franz Josef Glacier to work in the Skydive Franz office and join her boyfriend Matthis (who also works for Skydive Franz).

Lily has recently completed her degree in teaching while living in her hometown of Devonport, Auckland and is enjoying a break from teaching and city life.

“My job has so many exciting and challenging aspects. It's awesome to meet such a vast amount of diverse people everyday and to be able to give them the experience of skydiving,” says Lily. “My friends and family understand my sense of adventure very well and are happy for me to spend time with Matthis, whether it be a small town in New Zealand or anywhere in the world for that matter.”

Lily says she loves tandem skydiving and encourages others to give it a go.

“Being able to skydive in such a unique place in the world, with the most amazing team of skydivers is reason enough for anyone to do a skydive,” says Lily. “It really is an experience enjoyed by such a variety of people.”


~ Welcome to the team Lily, it’s awesome to have you on board J

Summer Sunrise

Saturday, January 20, 2018
The morning cloud has cleared into a beautiful day here at Franz Josef Glacier, perfect weather for skydiving. Who wants to jump out of a plane?

Skydive Franz Welcomes Joe to the Team

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Although born and bred in Christchurch, Joe is a true Coaster at heart. Moving to the West Coast has been like coming home for Joe who loves the lifestyle of hunting, fishing, motorbiking and generally being outdoors.

“I don’t miss Christchurch at all, the only thing a city is good for is fast food,” says Joe. “I had envy for my high school mates who were getting into skydiving, I really admire what they do and I wanted to get a piece of it.”

Joe works at Skydive Franz as a driver and ground crew. Going skydiving and seeing others skydive makes the job really enjoyable.

“I love just being a part of a once in a lifetime experience, I get super excited for the customers,” says Joe. “I haven’t done heaps of skydiving so I can appreciate how awesome it is for a first time skydiver. And to be doing their jump in the best skydiving spot in the world, you couldn’t get much better than that.”

See You Later 2017 and Bring on 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017
A big thank you to all our customers and supporters during 2017, we 💛you!