Experience the unparalleled thrill of freefall for 65 seconds before the parachute is deployed and you float smoothly back to ground, surrounded by snow-peaked mountains, lakes, and shimmering glaciers.
Where to go
Introducing Franz Josef
Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village, though the Maori names are different. The small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above. Within a short distance of the village are a number of options for taking in the natural attractions including a cycleway, walks of varying length, guided walks, kayaking, and action adventures like rafting or skydiving. You can take a visit to the white heron colony or the world’s rarest kiwi. Ten minutes’ drive north of the Franz Josef village on State Highway 6 is the beautiful Lake Mapourika, a great place for fishing, birdwatching, and kayaking.