Skydiving picture
Michael Napoleon/Flickr

Details

Recreation, Sports Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

To fully grasp the beauty of Queenstown's landscape, head 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet up and jump out of a plane. Though it'll take some guts to follow through with a skydiving excursion, as you freefall, you'll see jaw-dropping views of Queenstown, The Remarkables' snow-capped peaks, Lake Wakatipu and the South Island's rolling green hills.

Since skydiving is one of Queenstown's most popular outdoor activities and local operators offer a limited number of jumps each day, recent travelers recommended reserving your excursion at least a few days in advance. Also consider planning your skydiving trip toward the beginning of your stay in Queenstown. High winds or poor visibility can result in skydiving cancellations, so you'll want plenty of time to reschedule your jump should you come across weather issues.

Two skydiving operators are available in Queenstown: NZONE Skydive and Skydive Paradise. Both companies offer jumps from 12,000 and 15,000 feet. A 9,000-foot jump is also available through NZONE Skydive. Skydiving prices start at NZ$299 (around $201) for a 9,000-foot jump. Photography and videography services can be added to any jump for an additional fee. Skydive Paradise schedules three jumps a day between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., while NZONE Skydive offers jumps daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). Complimentary shuttle services to jump sites are provided from central Queenstown's Shotover Street. Allow three to four hours for all skydiving excursions.

See all Hotels in Queenstown »

More Best Things To Do in Queenstown

Skyline Queenstown1 of 9
The Remarkables2 of 9
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Skyline Queenstown

For some of the best mountain vistas, climb aboard a Skyline Queenstown gondola. After ascending nearly 1,500 feet, you'll end up at an observation deck atop Bob's Peak, where views of central Queenstown, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak await you. You'll also find a restaurant, a bar and various mountain bike trails at the top.

However, for the most thrills, check out the attraction's luge tracks, which are accessible via a chairlift that picks up by the gondola. Previous travelers said that you'll not only enjoy fantastic views, but also a hair-raising, yet kid-friendly experience.

Read more
Daniel Pietzsch/Flickr
See full list of Best Things To Do in Queenstown »

Explore More of Queenstown

When purchasing from our site, we may earn commissions. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

22 Top Sonoma Wineries to Visit

Sip world-class wines while enjoying vineyard and mountain views.

Gwen PratesiAugust 19, 2019

30 Amazing Caribbean Islands to Visit

It's time to plan your next tropical getaway.

Holly JohnsonAugust 8, 2019

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2019-20

See which airline and hotel loyalty programs come out on top.

Erin ShieldsAugust 6, 2019

20 Surprising Ways to Earn Loyalty Program Points or Miles

Branch out beyond hotel stays and flights to maximize your earnings.

Christine SmithAugust 6, 2019

The 12 Best Cancun Tours

These excursions will show you what lies beyond the city's bright beaches.

Lyn MettlerJuly 26, 2019

Traveling With Toddlers: 16 Tips to Make Your Vacation Go Smoothly

These expert travel hacks guarantee a happy trip for the whole family.

Kyle McCarthyJuly 25, 2019

The 11 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours

Hear chilling tales of the city's paranormal activity on one of these guided tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 25, 2019

The 10 Best Seattle Boat Tours

Take in the Emerald City's top sights from the water.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 24, 2019

The 6 Best Maui Helicopter Tours

Combine sightseeing with a breathtaking adventure on one of these flights.

Gwen PratesiJuly 23, 2019

The 7 Best San Francisco Boat Tours

Take in the city's major sights by water with one of these excursions.

Holly JohnsonJuly 22, 2019