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Sunny Weather Today

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
It's a beautiful day here in Franz Josef Glacier today. It's time to seize the day and go skydiving 🤘👊

Posing in Freefall Like a Boss

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Have you got your freefall pose sorted out yet? You may be too overwhelmed to make it happen but if you practice beforehand you may be composed enough to pull it off. Awesome effort in this picture, we love it. Can you spot Franz Josef Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook in the background? 

Bird of the Year

Monday, October 16, 2017

We've voted for the Kea of course for Bird of the Year, you should too 

What many people don’t know is that most of New Zealand's unique native birds are in trouble. A third are at risk of becoming extinct if nothing is done to protect them. Their habitats have been destroyed and introduced mammalian predators such as stoats, possums, and rats kill their eggs, young, birds, and even adults.

Lend your voice to help New Zealand birds by supporting Bird of the Year - with your vote, your voice, or a donation.

Voting closes on Monday 23 October at 5pm.

The winning bird will be announced on Radio NZ's morning report on Tuesday 24 October at 9am.


Click here to vote: https://www.birdoftheyear.org.nz/

Where is Skydive Franz?

Friday, October 13, 2017


Just in case you weren't sure where we're located, he's a quick explanation.

Our office is located on the main street of the Franz Josef Glacier township and our dropzone is at the airport, five minutes drive away. Franz Josef Glacier is the biggest town in the Glacier region of the West Coast of the South Island and is at the base of New Zealand’s biggest mountains (including the highest Aoraki/Mt Cook). It’s only about 15 kilometres (9miles) from the town/mountains to the ocean and the airport is in between. The mountains and glaciers are highlighted in white in this photo. This location, with the mountains, glaciers and ocean so close, makes it the best place in the world to skydive.

What Did You Like The Most?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Here's a quick video about what customers liked the most about their skydive experience.

What Should You Write on Your Hands?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Have you got something meaningful to write on your hands for your skydive? Or maybe something to shout before jumping out? We love this list of epic movie quotes to shout before jumping out of a plane. It includes one liners and quotes from movies such as Snakes on a Plane, Die Hard, Top Gun, Team America and a few other more obscure films. 

Check out the list of badass things to say by clicking here

Thinking About Skydiving as a Job? Advice From a Skydive Franz Tandem Master

Friday, September 29, 2017


Tandem master Jordan van den Berg has one main piece of advice for anyone thinking about starting a skydiving job.

“Do it,” says Jordan. “I love to give our customers the experience of what I felt the first time I went skydiving – excited, nervous, terrified but safe. I still remember that feeling of falling, it’s pretty awesome to create that feeling for other people.”

Jordan nearly didn’t do his first skydive in Methven five years ago. His girlfriend at the time was given a tandem skydive voucher for her birthday and Jordan decided to go too. But after it was cancelled four times due to bad weather they just about gave up.

“But it would’ve been a waste of a voucher so we finally went and did it,” says Jordan. “The tandem master asked if I wanted to do flips and we did and I was scared as, holding the harness not looking around, freaking out. But the feeling of falling was great.”

Jordan says he wouldn’t have thought of going skydiving if it wasn’t for his girlfriend’s voucher and it was an eye opener into an alternative career. He started learning to skydive and at age 19 his main goal was to become a tandem master before turning 21. He skydived in Franz Josef and USA and with industriousness achieved his goal. He’s now done more than 2000 skydives.

“It’s hard work, you are going to live like a bum but you have to persevere and do all the shit jobs first,” says Jordan. “I learnt to listen to everyone. Everyone has an opinion but don’t take it all on, your own opinion is the one that matters.”

Jordan’s family have been a strong influence in his life, especially his grandfather and Dad Pieter who has become a skydiver too. Some of his first skydiving friends remain as motivators and have taught him to live life it and love it. Jordan’s current motivation is having fun while working and enjoying living in Franz Josef.

“I love flying here, the scenery is amazing and it’s a super chilled place to live,” says Jordan. “When it’s raining I go kayaking and when it’s sunny I go skydiving.”

People often ask questions about skydiving as a job but there is one other commonly asked question – why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Jordan’s response is simple:

“Who said it was a perfectly good airplane?” 😜

New 9000ft Skydive Height on Offer

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
We now offer 9000ft tandem skydives in addition to our regular 13,000, 16,500 and 19,000ft skydives.
It takes less than ten minutes for the flight to altitude and the 9000ft has a freefall of about 20+ seconds. 
Once the parachute opens at 5000ft you'll have about 4-7 minutes flying around until you land.
You'll still need to allow 2-3 hours for the whole activity from the office check-in until we drive you back to town.
Perfect!

Skydiving Makes You Happy

Monday, September 25, 2017
Skydiving makes you happy, it's just a simple fact.
The forecast is showing Wednesday and Thursday as the best days this week for skydiving but as the spring weather is changeable get in touch with our team for updates. 
Book now for your dose of happiness 😊

Happy Hobbit Day

Friday, September 22, 2017
It's Hobbit Day today and fans of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies may recognise these mountains which featured in the lighting of the beacons between Gondor and Rohan scene. Happy Hobbit Day everyone, we won't be lighting any beacons but we may celebrate by going barefoot all day and eating seven meals....as well as skydiving as it's a perfect day out there :)