West Coast & Franz Josef Weather Event - March 2019

All the latest regarding the Weather Event we're experiencing in March/April 2019

The West Coast of NZ is experiencing an unusual weather event, with heavy rainfall. Below is all the information you need to help you.

If your, or someone else’s life is in danger, call 111. 

Our Skydive Operations are Currently: Re-opening on Wednesday 17th April! We look forward to skydiving with you then.

(Last updated Friday 12th of April)

Latest Weather Update

Significant rain has fallen in the Westland district after flooding washed away Waiho Bridge.

Some parts of Westland had up to 800 mm of rain during the downpour and the town of Haast is experiencing a one-in-100-year flood. To put this into context, on average, London experiences 583.6 millimetres of rain annually.

The weather event is moving north across the region.

With the opening of the State Highway network all travellers who were delayed in Fox Glacier, Haast or Franz Joseph have now made their way out of the affected areas

If you’re driving, please drive to the conditions and check for updates. Our thoughts are with all effected by the catastrophic weather.
If you need advice, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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Rescheduling, Refunds & Cancellations

If your travel plans will change due to the weather, please contact us and we’ll be able to help.

We can help with rescheduling to a later date or transferring to one of our other locations – including Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters and Mount Cook Glacier Guiding or one of our partner dropzones, including Skydive Abel Tasman or Skydiving Kiwis.

We can also help with arranging travel, and provide the latest road conditions and weather reports.

Contact our team and let us help.

Need Picking Up?

Our fleet of 8 helicopters and fixed wing planes are available to help if required.

If you need air transport around the South Island, please contact our National Office 24/7 on +64 9 377 4406

We can assist with relocation’s or evacuations for people, plant or stock.

Our team and pilots are on standby and willing to help.


West Coast Skydiving

If you’ve booked on any West Coast Skydive and you’re unable to access them due to the road closures, talk to us! We’ll be able to help.