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Taupo Tandem Skydiving

Average Rating: 4.33
4.33 out of 5 based on 9 user reviews

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Taupo (NZAP)
Lat: -38.74191
Lng: 176.08202

Taupo Airport
Taupo, 2730
New Zealand

+64 - 7 - 3770428
+64 - 7 - 3780468 (fax)  (8316 Hits)

Last Updated: 2016-11-04
Turbine PAC 750XL, Twin Turbine Nomad

Training: AFF, Tandem

AAD: Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Not Required

Tandem: 249 NZD
Video: 139 NZD
Jump Ticket: 45 NZD to 15000 ft


Tandem based drop zone also open to sports jumping. New Zealand's original tandem drop zone.


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  • Rigging Services
  • Covered Packing Area
  • Creeping Area
  • Video Rooms
  • Coaches
  • Load Organizers
  • Restaurant
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Not Worth the Time/Costs as a Sport Jumper

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Rated 3 by: Mel5 on 2018-11-24

Pros: Scenery
Cons: Hassle to jump from a different country, fees, tandems, etc.

Went to the dz after reading several reviews from, brought gear half-way around the world, and made a special trip out to Taupo to find out that regulations in New Zealand apparently have changed. The government CAA agency has taken over all skydiving operations and regulations. The CAA controls plane loading so much so that you do not load based on exit order, but rather weight/balance order and will have to move upon exit order groups. There are two dz's on this same airport. This one allows fun jumpers and Skydive Taupo is a tandem only operation. From how it was explained at this dz before you go know that you have to pay a $50 fee to convert your USPA membership or foreign license to the New Zealand equivalent and it will take a good 2.5 hours to complete all of the paperwork, watch safety videos, etc. Each dz then charges a $75 use fee to jump at each location. The jumps cost $50-$55 NZD per jump. If you only have a day or two to skydive it ends up not being worth your time or money.
(Review ID:9569)

Great friendly DZ mainly tandem oriented

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Rated 5 by: AntoH on 2017-11-29

Pros: Amazing views, 15,000ft loads
Cons: mainly tandem oriented and no wingsuiting

Although the DZ is mainly tandem oriented they are very welcome to fun jumpers. 15k loads with amazing scenery is a big attraction with spectacular views during freefall.

Definitely recommended if you're passing through NZ.

(Review ID:9427)

2nd best scenic drop zone next to Hawaii!

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Rated 5 by: Skydive305 on 2015-12-12

Pros: Very safe, professional, and friendly.
Cons: Unable to jump with camera due to requiring snag free mount.

Geoff, the head instructor was the most knowledgable and professional skydive instructor I have meet in my 7 years of skydiving across the US. My wife and I loved every part of our time at the DZ. We did 2 jumps and got on every load we wanted. We could have done 2 more that day but we had other plans. Geoff also helped us get our high altitude certification in order to jump at 16000 MSL. If you want to jump with a camera make sure you have a snag free mount. The standard GoPro mount will not be allowed. If you plan to come to New Zealand from the states be understanding because New Zealand Aviation regulations are a lot stricter on skydivers.
(Review ID:8962)

Great place, dece amount of tandems.

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Rated 5 by: DrRead on 2015-01-29

Pros: Nice Scenery, Geoff's Help
Cons: Tandems

Geoff really helped me get going here. Took a bit to get all set up being a visitor from Canada. Once we got sorted everything went quite smoothly. People seemed nice, good facilities and nice views. Rental gear was good too.

(Review ID:8722)

Very helpfull staff, they took the time to brief about the DZ. Geoff helped me with applying for my

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Rated 5 by: Esther1982 on 2012-01-03

Pros: Very professional.
Cons: Lot of tandems, less sporties

My first time skydiving in NZ! Geoff took the time to brief about the DZ and to help me applying for my NZ liscence on line. Very nice views, nice airplane, good maintained hire-equipment. Very professional!
(Review ID:6972)

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