Lake Wanaka has forever been a popular New Zealand destination for skydiving – mostly because of the views on offer! Lake Wanaka is a tiny little town located in New Zealand’s south island not far from Queenstown and made famous for its immense ski season.
The town itself is stunning, surrounded by natural beauty, vast lakes and towering mountains. The drive into Wanaka will blow your mind! I have always had Skydiving on the top of my bucket list – and I’m glad that I was lucky enough to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity with Skydive Wanaka. It was definitely one of the best things I’ve done since being in New Zealand and one thing I’d gladly do again and again.
The day began with a pick up and a chance to meet the Skydive Wanaka crew. The staff at Skydive Wanaka were amazing. They all made me feel welcome and valued from the word go. Nothing about the activity was dull or boring. We had to watch a video guide at the beginning which was informative and helpful.
My nerves were starting to take hold! The staff could tell that I was nervous and excited (I’m sure that they have seen their fair share of nervous travellers), and tried to keep me calm by asking about my travels and what my plans were for New Zealand.
Soon enough we entered the “gear up” room where I met my guide Borris – my jump buddy. Boris was super friendly and definitely made me feel more at ease as he strapped me in and suited me up.
Soon we boarded the plane and we pretty much talked the entire way through the journey, asking each other questions and having a laugh. He made me feel completely safe and when it came down to the jump which was at 15.000ft I had no worries that I would not get down safe.
The plane ride by itself is worth the money. Seriously the scenery alone seals this plane ride. On an awesome day the views extend as far as Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook and the passage direct to the delectable Queenstown.
A voice then informed me that we “had reached 15000ft.” Aghhhhhh!!!! The door opened as I watch the divers before me disappear into oblivion. I was pumping with adrenalin! Borris carefully pushed us towards the plane door and my feet were soon dangling over the edge. Arms and head back, we fell.
It’s really hard to put the experience into words but I think skydiving must be the closest thing to flying. The rush is absolutely insane and the free feeling as you fall can be compared to nothing else! The build up to the jump was a lot more terrifying than the jump itself. A once in a lifetime experience that I would happily do over and over again, there’s a very good reason that skydiving in Wanaka is Number 1 in our Top 10 places to skydive in Australia / New Zealand.