The best places to go skydiving in New Zealand’s North Island

Discover the best skydive spots in New Zealand.

There's no denying that New Zealand boasts some of the world's most spectacular scenery. While it's great viewing such beauty from down below, sometimes it's best from new heights – quite literally.

Skydiving is the ultimate bucket list activity and one that provides unbeatable views of New Zealand's incredible landscapes. Thankfully, there are an array of places in New Zealand to give adrenaline junkies the opportunity to do so.

Here are some of the best spots in New Zealand's North Island to skydive.

Soar through the skies in Taupo

On ground level, the large sparkling lake and lush national park that comprises the Taupo region is beautiful in its own right. However, from heights of 12,000 or 15,000ft, the area welcomes a whole new perspective that can't be missed.

Skydive Taupo is the team that makes this possible. Alongside their team of tandem instructors, make the 20-minute scenic flight above Lake Taupo and get ready to free fall at speeds of 200km/hr – complete with parachute and accompanying instructor, of course! 

This skydive option is a must-do for any Middle-earth fan. Brave guests will be rewarded with mesmerising views of Mount Ngauruhoe – Mount Doom – from the Lord of the Rings films. Sightings of New Zealand's most famous mountains don't stop there. Skydivers can also soar above Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki.

There are plenty of packages to choose from, including those with video, interviews and images. 

Soak in the beauty of the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is the place to go if you want to soak up the summer sun on golden stretches of sand. Its sub-tropical coastal landscapes are just one reason why so many visitors choose to skydive in the area. In fact, Skydive Bay of Islands has conducted more than 100,000 tandem skydives in the region!

Willing visitors can choose from four skydive heights – 9,000ft, 12,000ft, 16,000ft and 20,000ft . No matter your choice, you'll be rewarded with stunning scenic shots of the 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands.

If you're feeling daring and want to experience one of the highest skydives in the North Island, opt for the 20,000ft option. This takes you higher than Mount Kilimanjaro (yes, this is 19,340ft!) and provides 85 seconds of free fall action.

Be sure to capture this once-in-a-lifetime experience by grabbing a handycam package.

Travel to impressive heights in Tauranga

If your North Island road trip has lead you to the beachy region of Tauranga, satisfy your hunger for adventure by taking to the skies with Skydive Tauranga. The 12,000ft flight into the skies provides guests with unbeatable views of the beautiful Bay of Plenty region, Mount Ruapehu, East Cape and the sweeping Coromandel Peninsula! The onboard instructors are more than happy to point out the must-spot sights down below, giving guests a valuable insight into this part of New Zealand. When it's time to disembark the plane, take one last look above before descending into blue skies at speeds of 200km/hr! 

With so many epic places to skydive, make sure you have the best means of travel to get there. This is where the team at East Coast Car Rentals come in. Our Auckland branch has a great range of hire cars to help make sure your New Zealand road trip gets off to the best start possible. Get in touch to see how we can help you today.

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Chester is a foodie and loves to explore the great land of Australia. He is currently blogging for East Coast Car Rentals.

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