You won’t regret choosing Skydive Wanaka for your New Zealand tandem skydive… with us it’s all about YOUR skydiving experience.
Innovative and progressive, we’re dedicated to delivering a unique tandem skydive experience, with high standards of safety, comfort and personal service.
Our highly qualified and friendly tandem skydive team just love to skydive in one of the most spectacular locations in New Zealand. They live to share the freefall experience with people like you. And have fun doing it.
A little Tandem Skydive History
Skydive Lake Wanaka was started by Dave and Jools Hall in 1995… Since then we have empowered over 85,000 people to feel the rush of a 200kph freefall with the security of our unequalled safety standards.
Jools is still in charge and the small family run business still runs on the passion that propelled them when the operation consisted of a van, a couple of deck chairs, a patch of grass and a borrowed plane.
Many thousands of skydives… Tens of thousands of people leaving Wanaka Airport with a sense of achievement and a memory to treasure. Hundreds of thousands of smiles…
The freefall experience is a unique sensation we’re determined to share with everyone. We take dropping out of the sky seriously. But we’re also serious about people having fun while they challenge themselves to a tandem skydive. Laughter is a big part of a Skydive Lake Wanaka experience.
Skydive Wanaka is certified under Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand Part 115.
Our Beautiful Strangers!
Jools – Director / Sales and Marketing (300+ skydives)
Jools started Skydive Lake Wanaka in 1995 with Dave, and is passionate about skydiving and introducing everyone to the sport. The ‘energy tornado’ and Mum to Max and Maye.
Wendy – CEO / Operations Manager (20,000 + skydives!!)
Emmy award winner, World and Guinness record holder Wendy Smith from New Zealand was one the first three skydivers to jump from a record height of 9000m opening the skies above Mount Everest and the Himalaya’s. She made her first jump in 1985 in NZ and has 19800 + jumps today.
Wendy has competed at International Skydiving level since 1989 and has been a Freelance Commercial Cameraman during the last 18 years and has won multi awards and medals in different disciplines. Wendy has her AFF Instructor rating, CSO Chief Safety officer rating for sport parachuting and has a life time experience in commercial operations, events, remote location logistics and media delivery. She also holds both airplane and Helicopter Pilot licenses. www.wendysmithaerial.com
Eugen ‘Eugenius’ – Chief Instructor and Wacuum Cleaner Driver !! Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handicam / Packing Technician (20,400+ skydives)
Our Mr Fix it comes from Hungary and has worked at Skydive Wanaka for over 9 years. He is the fastest vacuum cleaner driver in the South – legends are made from this man! On his days off he is known as “The Captain” of Wanaka Parasailing .. check them out at www.wanakaparasailing.co.nz
Andrea – Mission Control – 28,000+ hrs of manifesting!!
Unflappable, organized, multi-tasks in her sleep and handles more phone calls than the New York Stock Exchange! Can answer 3 phones at the same time as well as running the dropzone for 11+ years!!! Smiles all day long! She “feels the need, the need for speed!.” See Andrea in Stars in Your Eyes Wanaka on You Tube
Kirsty – Dropzone operations co-ordinator / Frontline Sales / Manifest / Blogger / Social Media
The baby of our skydive family, our bubbly English Rose loves all things sweet and social. A sun worshipper who loooovvvess traveling and exploring new places, listening to music and going to the beach (or lake, as is the case in Wanaka!) Give her chocolate, sushi or lollies & she’ll love you forever!!
Lisa – Sales Manager (850+ skydives)
Lisa, the all-round sales superstar, joined the Skydive team is October 2013 and is LOVING spreading the orange love in Wanaka and beyond She is loud, bubbly and loves skydiving, hiking and the outdoors. She’s also great at buying everyone coffee, and we love her for it!!
Bella is the latest superstar to join the manifest team. Bright, bubbly and rarely seen without a smile on her face, she loves diamonds, hiking and spending time with her friends. She also loves going to the skydiving tunnel!!
Alex Pereira – Tandem Master/Cameraman (8,500 + skydives)
Mhaya’s father. Loves Freefly, Swooping, Jiu-Jitsu, Pink Floyd, Mac Computers, Parachute Rigging and and of corse Brazilian BBQ. When doing camera jumps no Tandem fly too fast for him. Always keen for a fun jump. Bit loud, but only because he always have his ear plugs on. Passionate for everything he does. His favorite expression: “Bring it on!
Alencar – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (4,000+ skydives)
Alencar is Skydive Wanaka’s very own Action Man! He heard how amazing Wanaka was, sold up all his companies and shifted here for the good life! Our paratrooper loves all things sporty, and coming from Brazil he has been showing all our Tandem Masters how football is supposed to be played!!!
Barni – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (2,500+ skydives)
Jerry – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (3,500+ skydives)
Jerry is possibly the only vegan skydiver in New Zealand and can jump all day long, running mostly on bananas. Skydiving since 2002 and still loving it, Jerry actually holds two degrees, but prefers this job where he can make people smile - every day!
Kim – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (3,000+ skydives)
Kimbo was born and raised in a skydiving club in Denmark and was skydiving solo by age 16 ! He tells us that he is World Famous in Denmark for playing bass in a couple of touring bands – we look forward to hearing the proof! Don’t lend him your iphone, chances are he’ll take it swimming.
Chris – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (2,100+ skydives)
Chris has been hooked on skydiving and NZ right from his very first exit! Holidaying from the UK he tried his first skydive here in NZ – and his life has never been so much fun since !! Becoming an instructor and shifting to NZ he really is living the dream that many of our customers contemplate after their first incredible skydive !! Loves Italian food, mixed martial arts, football and all things NZ.
Robbie – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (9,000+ skydives)
Originally from Serbia, Robbie is a family man who loves spending time with his three children and has been skydiving here in NZ for over 13 years. He also loves getting out on the lake and going windsurfing, making things out of carbon fibre and in a past life he worked as a tattoo artist !!
Anthony – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (7,000+ skydives)
Coming to us from Namibia, Anthony became a skydiver totally by chance back in May 1995 when his friend booked him in for a static line jump without him knowing – and he hasn’t stopped smiling, or jumping, since !! With a love of sun, good company, live music, and good red wine – Wanaka is shaping up to be one of his favourite places !!
Lovemore is rumoured to be decended from the illegitimate son of King George the 3rd. A UK medialist/competitor for Freefly, Freestyle and Skysurf camera he has 7000+ jumps under his belt. Along with flying the worlds biggest flag (8000sq ft) weighing 125kg Lovemore has lots of good tales to tell.
Boris – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (5,000+ skydives)
Boris left us after nearly two years, but missed us SO much, he decided to come back and jump with us again YAY!! He likes relaxing (when he gets a chance to) and has a strange, but quite endearing, obsession with sniffing people’s hair..! Apparently he is also a semi-professional bodybuilder??
Marius – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (10,000+ skydives)
Marius, from South Africa, is your typical skydiver – he loves all extreme sports and anything that gets his pulse racing!! Skydiving, base jumping, working out – you name it, he does it!! And he will do ANYTHING for liquorice
Pip is a bit of a quirky character, but then again, aren’t most skydivers?! Before moving to New Zealand a few months ago, Pip travelled extensively in Australia, South East Asia, America and Canada. He also once spent three months sailing across the Atlantic from Cape Town to West Mexico.
“I have the BEST office in the world – 9 years at Skydive Wanaka, 15,000+ trips to altitude and I have still not had enough of those views!”
Ivan – Pilot (3,700+ Flying hours – 2,000 of which have been upside down!!!)
Ivan was practically born in as plane, and hasn’t stopped flying since! He gained his private pilot licence aged 19, and started flying aerobatics in his Midget Mustang when he was 20 years old. He is now a commercial aerobatic pilot (and 2x national aerobatic champion) with his own flight school, also based at Wanaka airport. He’s promised us he will fly ROK the right way up, every time!!!!
Jeremy – Chief Parachute Packer and Compliance Encyclopedia (32,000+ pack jobs)
Jeremy has OFFICIALLY done TWICE as many parachute packs than he has had hot dinners !! – so that has to be a good sign. Probably the MOST experienced parachute packer in New Zealand he has NEVER had a bad day ( phewf ) even though he spends a lot of time wearing out his knees!
Allan – Packer / Editor / Haggis Catcher
From Paisley, Scotland 33yrs old. Former Haggis catcher in the Highlands, Likes- football, women, kilts, bagpipes, ginger hair, whisky, Irn Bru and tossing the caber – not all at the same time!
Hannah – Manifest / Editor / Driver
Hannah, originally from Auckland, loves Wanaka so much she wants to stay forever!! This creative cookie, who has just finished her uni degree in textile design, likes biking, learning new things and anything cool & quirky!
Phoebe – Manifest / Driver
Phoebe, a Wanaka gal born & bred, has joined us for summer to save some cash before she heads off travelling in July – lucky girl!! This active chick loves team sports, including touch, netball and basketball, and hanging out with her beautiful pooch Ella.
Max Hall – Trainee Meteorologist (4 skydives!)
Max (age 12) is currently studying the art of the “head out of the window” weather check technique and lets us know every day that it’s a great day to go skydiving. Max did his first tandem skydive with Dad Dave & described it as “the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!”.
Max has just done his FOURTH skydive – I think he might be hooked !
Maye Florence Hall – Drop Zone Entertainment Manager (2 skydives!)
Maye Florence (age 10 ) is responsible for adding a smile to the drop zone and being cute. She runs a busy schedule, keeps the boys on their toes and can often be found on her iPod! Maye did her first tandem with Dad Dave for his 10,000th skydive – a very special moment for them both ! Her first words on touchdown “when can I go again?!”
New Zealand Parachute Industry Association
Skydive Lake Wanaka is affiliated to the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association and uses state-of-the-art skydiving systems. We operate from Wanaka Airport, with a purpose-built hangar, a New Zealand built X-Stol aircraft and inbuilt sense of fun and adventure. Come join the fun!