Skydive Franz

Reviews

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Sarah Brunn

Ranking: 4/10

Jump was great - my instructor and the crew in the airport did a good job! But the handling of the bookings was really poor! Due to overbooking we had to wait almost 4 hours additionally. Booked on 2.30 and asked to come back "because of bad weather conditions" at 5 and then again at 6. - while other people were jumping the whole time. The woman at the booking counter was telling everybody different stories and times - thinking we were too stupid to check it, even we were sitting in one waiting area - really unprofessional! Later we bad to hear from the Crew the stories about the previous Jumps in the early afternoon.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Renoit Besnard

France

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome! Had to wait two days because of the bad weather but it was worth it. Friendly staff, professional, helpful, nice view. Awesome!!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nadja

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Good value if you like to do some more action stuff. Relaxed guys.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Laura Sturm

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

So scared and so excited that my husband could not speak (that does not happen often)!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Dan

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Nice view of the Glaciers and Mt Cook - best price in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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James Hennessy

Ranking: 10/10

One of the greatest experiences I've ever had and definitely the best thing I've done in New Zealand. Can't recommend enough, if you're even slightly considering it, just do it!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Calvin Becker

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Amazing nature, one of the most scenic skydives worldwide. Booked for a 10am but jumped at 4pm. Too long a waiting time and therefore bad weather in the afternoon.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Skydive Franz responds:

Hello, and thank you for your review. I am sorry that your jump time was moved to the afternoon, but weather conditions in the morning were not good enough to fly safely, therefore we cannot take customers up! The jump was rescheduled for the afternoon and you checked in for that at 1.30pm. We do ask that you allow 2.5 hours for the activity as sometimes the weather does delay us..especially at this time of year! Our customers are always given the option of re-booking at a convenient time or leaving with no charge if their given time is not possible. I am glad that you chose to wait and the weather cleared enough for us to jump with you. The scenery is spectacular and I hope you enjoyed it once we were able to get you up there! Again I apologise for the delay, but safety comes first!

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isabel Zander

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing experience and landscape, friendly people. But we could not jump at the booked time and had to wait several hours until we could start.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Skydive Franz responds:

Hello, and thank you for your review. I am sorry that your jump time was moved to the afternoon, but weather conditions in the morning were not good enough to fly safely, therefore we cannot take customers up! The jump was rescheduled for the afternoon and you checked in for that at 1.30pm. We do ask that you allow 2.5 hours for the activity as sometimes the weather does delay us..especially at this time of year! Our customers are always given the option of re-booking at a convenient time or leaving with no charge if their given time is not possible. I am glad that you chose to wait and the weather cleared enough for us to jump with you. The scenery is spectacular and I hope you enjoyed it once we were able to get you up there! Again I apologise for the delay, but safety comes first!

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Evelina Johansson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Loved it, it was amazing. Did the 18,000ft!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Skydive Franz responds:

Hello and Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your jump with us..Our 18,000ft is certainly an amazing experience!! I hope you enjoyed the gorgeous views and the adrenalin rush!!

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Charlotte Anderson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This was an amazing experience. You can compare it to nothing. Everyone was really professional and knew how to make one feel at ease. I was extremely nervous but my tandem partner was amazing. The whole team is awesome and this is something you should do.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Kama Gillbanks-Hetaraka

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

:) amazing and definitely most do while in nz!!!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Skydive Franz responds:

Hello and Thank you for your review! I am glad you enjoyed your jump with us and that we are an activity you would recommend! We take pride in knowing our customers have left with a new addiction!! Hopefully we will see you back again one day to refresh your memories ;)

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Madolyn Van Renswoude

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

I skydive yesterday from 12.000ft it was the most amazing en beautiful experience ever. I had a big smile on my face when I reach the ground and I said I want to do it again!!!
The instructor was very nice.
Love my jump and hopefully I can jump again on 18.000ft

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Thank you for jumping with us at Skydive Franz. I am glad you had an amazing experience and that it put a big smile on your face! We look forward to your return for the 18000ft!!

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kenken

Ranking: 10/10

thank you for a great skydive. I felt safe and very happy to see lovely mountains and the sea. this is the best place to do a skydive. Amazing!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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enjoy New Zealand

Singapore

Ranking: 9/10

My first time sky diving experience, Its very fun and really enjoy it. I got chance to drive my parachute as well.
The only room for improvement is regarding briefing for newbie, I suppose to sky dive at lake wanaka but cancel due to strong wind and bad weather. but they give me the good briefing using video which is very helpful.
And one more, it would be better if we got option to change the music for our video.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Thank you your review. I am glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your feed back..we have been looking into an instructional DVD, but are keen to keep the experience personal at the same time..hopefully we will reach a happy medium!
In regards to music, unfortunately due to licencing law we must use music that is bought for commercial purposes and copyright paid for..Therefore we can not offer to put personal music choices onto our DVD's. I hope you understand! Thanks again for jumping with us..I am glad you got to steer the parachute and hope your experience has stayed with you!

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Ray Y

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

I went with one of my best mates on our birthday to take the highest jump that we could with Skydive Franz. The staff are very friendly and calm which helped us settle our nerves. I did not get a chance to steer the parachute which would have made the experience even better.

Despite that, I really enjoyed the free fall experience. It is something I will always remember.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Cherlyn Chong

Singapore

Ranking: 5/10

I am probably the first person to give this rating, but this is my honest review. I read all the positive reviews and was very excited to go on this, trusting the professionals to give me an awesome epic first skydive experience.

I paid quite a sum for the 18,000ft skydive + video + photos, and they suited and strapped us up and told us how to get in position for the jump. But not once did they tell us what to expect nor any safety briefing nor anything that could potentially happen.

We were quickly interviewed and taken up. Once my skydive master jumped, I got such a shock. My ears hurt SO badly, and all the saliva in my mouth dried up due to the wind. Despite how happy I looked in my video (it's all for the camera), I was in such discomfort and surprise that I hardly noticed the scenery, all I remember seeing was a lot of greenery and clouds.

My friend and I brought this up to them, and it felt like the guys at the counter were just giving us excuses after excuses! The worst being that 1 in 100 people who jumped experienced pain, and that airlines do not tell their passengers to equalise their ears either. Almost everyone (6ppl) in our group experienced ear pain, and 3 of them got a better experience because I told them about mine. When you are freefalling THAT fast and you have NO CLUE at all if anything you do is safe, you just don't think to do much. Definitely not like in an aircraft where you are calm and can very easily get an air stewardess!

I have a feeling that people think that this experience is supposed to be so epic that they just don't bring this up or can't be bothered to. The Taiwanese girls I jumped with certainly wouldn't.

It's like this company just wants to hustle tourists in and out and get their money in as fast as possible without regard for their comfort or experience.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Thanks for your feedback. It is unfortunate that your experience was not as enjoyable as you expected.
We felt that we acknowledged your concerns on the day and informed you we would consider your feedback. Though we could not promise to implement any new procedures as you suggested without discussion or consideration. We have since amended our procedure to ensure it is now even more clear than it was before that customers that are aware they have sensitive ears must inform us of this prior to their jump. The valsalva manoeuvre is also now a included in our briefing for all customers.
All customers are briefed on what is expected of them during the skydive. The tandem passenger's role is intentionally kept simple. The main reason for this is because sensory-overload is common in skydiving. Giving too much information to an inexperienced tandem passenger actually increases the chance of disorientation. With this there is and increased chance of the customer doing something to put both themselves and their tandem master at risk. Over learning also reduces the customers chances of enjoying the scenery and the sensations associated with the activity. Keeping the passengers role simple means they can enjoy the ride, the scenery and the sensations knowing their highly experienced and qualified tandem master is in control of the descent and any circumstances that may occur.

While pressure build-up in the inner ear and sinus cavity is normal, and slight discomfort can occur, pain the next day and immediately after exit is not. It seems you may have unknowingly had an ear infection at the time. If your discomfort continued we suggest you visit a doctor to check it out.
We love what we do and are proud to offer this amazing experience to people from all over the world. We've been rated New Zealand's Best Skydive based on customers' reviews, so we take on board you comments and appreciate your feedback.
We hope you enjoy the remainder of your visit to New Zealand.

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harrisonhbg

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

...was not my first tandem skydive but the best. 18,000 is worth it, if it is not your first jump. otherwise, 12,000 ft is enough cause you will get flashed anyway.

great team, they make you feel comfortable and safe.

Overall: Great Experience!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Harrison,
Thanks for the review! You're right, it is so worth going to 18,000ft. I think even for your first jump the 18,000ft is perfect. The first maybe 30 seconds of free fall is like sensory overload with so many new and unfamiliar things happening and your adrenaline is pumping so that when you land and you are asked, 'Did you enjoy your jump?!!' you say, 'Yeh! It was amazing, I loved it! But it's a bit of a blur!' When you go to the higher altitudes, you get more free-fall so you have a chance to get over the initial rush and relax into the experience of free-falling. This gives you a chance to appreciate the sensation of free fall and also to take in the epic scenery that surrounds you during you skydive. (Your flight to altitude is longer too!) Obviously budget does come into it and any skydive here is going to be amazing, but I would always encourage everyone to go as high as they can as you did, kudos to you my friend! :)
Thanks again for the wicked review Harrison and thanks for jumping with us.
Clare & all the Team @ Skydive Franz

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Green UK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

They did everything possible to make you feel that you were having a once in a lifetime experience - and it is that!!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there! Skydiving is a once in a lifetime experience for lots of people and we are so happy to be able to share it with them!
Thanks for jumping with us, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand!
Clare & all the team @ Skydive Franz

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Laura vanGool

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing views, professional and friendly staff, felt 100% safe at all times. Video and photo pack great quality and definitely worth the money.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

Skydive Franz responds:

Hey Laura, cheers for the feedback! The guys really put you at ease during your jump, they are so professional and a super fun team!
It's great that you got the photos & video so you can re-live your experience and share it with all your friends and family.
Thanks, Clare & all the team @ Skydive Franz

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beckip

Ranking: 10/10

The most amzing thing ever!!! Did my first ever jump from 19,000ft over the snow capped southern alps on a beautiful clear winters day, epicly breathtaking!
The team are all total legends and will make you feel totally at ease if you're a bit nervous and the camera footage is brill, definitely worth paying the extra for.
Cheers guys you rock =D

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hey Beckip! Thanks for the fab review. We're glad you enjoyed your first skydive and that you got to do the 19,000ft with us!
You're a legend for jumping with Skydive Franz
Clare & all the team @ Skydive Franz

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dirkkurbs

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

Simply and literally, the most breath taking experience i have had so far! If you get the chance, just DO it, that is it, DO IT! no maybes. Do not let this oportunity pass! Churrrrr Skydive Franz team! YOU ROCKK!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Churrrr to you Dirk! Thanks for jumping with us.
You had a perrrrfect day too - Clear Blue Skies :)
Clare & all the team @ Skydive Franz

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agent75

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome jump with the best view on the way up that i can imagine anywhere in the world. Mount Cook out one window and the ocean out the other. Great team of people too with a friendly attitude. A must.. If you're going to jump, do it here!

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there,
The views here are hard to beat, especially at 19,000ft! On a clear day you see all the way over to the Pacific Ocean on the other side of the country!!
Thanks for you awesome review! We'll hopefully see you again for another jump.
Clare & all the team @ Skydive Franz

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michelebane

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was the highlight of our NZ vacation!! Two friends (Jade and Scratch) and I had a great time with you. None of us had skydived before, but everyone had such a great attitude that they made us laugh and forget our fears (mostly.) Crusher was my tandem instructor and he was awesome - thanks so much to Skydive Franz! We jumped from 18,000 feet and have been bragging ever since!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there, I am glad you had such an amazing time jumping with us. 18,000ft- Highest in the world! and I bet the view was breathtaking!
Amber & The Skydive Franz Crew.

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hilal

India

Ranking: 10/10

Without doubt, one of the best experiences in my whole life. And i don't think anything else will replace it.
The crew were so chilled out and professional.
The view from 15000ft is simply breath taking. The professional manner in which Pauly carried out his business helped me relax.
The pictures were amazing and proof for my bragging rights.
Can't wait to get back up there again and will try drag my friends along.
Hilal

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Hilal, Thanks for the review. I am glad that you had such an awesome time jumping with Skydive Franz. We pride ourselves on our high quality and professionalism. We hope to see you again one day!
Amber & The Skydive Franz Crew.

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anNick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!!!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Churrr!

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Rodica

United States

Ranking: 10/10

The night before I'm praying for good weather so that i can skydive the next day at 7 am.
The next day is already here and I can still see some stars which is a good sign - we will be skydiving :)))

Michael from Franz Skydive is already putting the harness on me. I feel totally relaxed as my gut feeling is telling me I'm in good hands (this is my first skydive ever)

We're in the plane, reaching 15,000 feet already - the sunrise is gorgeous and Mt. Cook and the glaciers are stunning to look at, but we are sliding closer to the door as we must jump soon...

3..2..1..I'm in the air - AMAZING!!!!

Thank you Michael and Pauly for making this one of the most memorable experiences!!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Rodica, Thanks for an awesome review. I am glad you had such a memorable Skydiving experience!
Skydive Franz Crew.

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franzjosef

Chile

Ranking: 10/10

Definately one of the BEST experiences I've ever had!
The view is amazing! Tasman sea in one side, Franz Josef Glacier in the other and in the middle you have the rivers and rain forest! you start going up and your heart just beats faster as the excitement and rush kicks in! then the doors open and when you jumps is just the best feeling ever!!!!! you have to experience it to know what it feels likes cuz is just a different thing, and once your down you just wanna DO IT AGAIN!!! true story! ;D

Thanks a lot to the skydiving time for everything it was AWESOME!!! =)

Anais

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there Anais! Thanks for the awesome review, great to hear you enjoyed your jump & the scenery, we all think this is one of the most beautiful places in the world :)
Gracias, esperamos que el resto de su viaje es épico y increíble
Clare y todo el equipo de Skydive Franz

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petra163

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

awesome experience!!! did the 15oooft jump so glad i did it, cheers to the team at skydive franz :)

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there Petra,
We're glad you did it too! Since you're a Kiwi there's no excuse not to come back and visit us for a jump again. Hopefully see you sometime in the future down at the Dropzone!
Clare & all the Team @ Skydive Franz

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rob123

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

LOVED my skydive. Great team, supurb scenery and they made me feel safe. Do the 18,000ft if you can afford the pounds.Highly recommended

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Rob, glad to hear you loved your jump - we aim to please :) It sure is worth the extra dollars to get yourself to 18000ft isn't it! Those extra seconds in free fall really do take it to the 'Next Level'.

Nice one Rob, we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
Clare & all the Team @ Skydive Franz

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jimbp79

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I did a 12000ft jump with these guys on Boxing Day 2011. They made us feel very calm and relaxed and they were a great bunch to hang out with before (and during!) the skydive. Our only regret was not going for the 18000ft one. Next time we're in Franz Josef, we'll definitely look them up again and I urge anyone else to as well!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hey Jim, What an amazing thing to do on Boxing Day hey!? It was a scorcher of a day too with blue bird skies. Doesn't get much better! So many people say they wished they had gone higher, you'll have to come again and do the 18000ft - NZ's highest :)

Thanks for the review Jim & Happy New Year,

Clare & all the team at Skydive Franz

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MiNa

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

"Ready-Set-Go
Spread my wings, time to fly
One step out, all it takes for me to touch the sky
So amazing, so liberating
12000 feet, agl, so breathtaking
Belly down, boxman now
4 minutes of pleasure, without, any spark of distraction around
State of mind euphoria, wish it could last forever
from this day on, nothing can stop us from getting back together

Everytime you wanna feel freedom in your life, just go, skydiving baby, go skydiving, yeah"

Awesome Team, Amazing Spot, Incredible Experience. Must try before you die.
Thx to all the team for making it the best experience ever ;)

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there Mina, It took me a second to realise that those were the words to our skydive song! haha, it pretty much sums up the experience doesn't it!? - "Everytime you want to feel freedom in your life, just go skydiving baby!" - So true - A wicked tune too.
What an amazing way to start the new year :)
Thanks for the review,
Clare, Leigh & the rest of the team at Skydive Franz

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AnnL

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Skydive here it is awesome. I did 18,000 feet and was so glad I did. Very friendly and professional staff. I was realy nervous but they were great. The veiw was absolutly awesome with the Tasman Sea on one side and Mount Cook on the other and seeing both the Glaciers below you. The best thing I have done in New Zealand. I would love to do it again. I loved the whole experience,
If you are thinking about doing a Skydive do it here.
Thanks guys especially Liegh who was fantastic.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hey Ann! Thanks for taking the time to write this primo review :) You were a bit of a legend on your jump day, quite nervous but you were determined that you could do it... and you certainly stepped up to the challenge! We'll hopefully see you again in the winter for the 19000ft jump if you make it back to NZ.
Cheers again,
Clare, Leigh & the rest of the Team at Skydive Franz.

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CCalcott

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely top class experience., very professional and friendly, make sure you do it.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hey Sidez...

Stoked you came bro, was terrific jumping with you guys... more where that came from.

Chur!

Rhyso and the crew...

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Sophie

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

If you want to try skydiving, this is the place to be!
Due to bad weather, my jump was cancelled but they managed to rearrange it the next morning.
I was sure I wanted to jump but when I arrived there I started to feel nervous. The crew has been amazing and helps relaxing a lot! Then when you're up there, it's just breathtaking. The views of the mountains and the Tasman sea are just surreal.
This is by far the highlight of my journey in New Zealand.
My only advice would be to go at least for the 15000 ft. I did the 12000 which is already amazing, but if I could do it again I would go higher ;-) And don't forget to ask at least the dvd to make it unforgettable. Thanks guys for the experience of a lifetime :)

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there Sophie,
Thanks for the lovely review! So many people say they wished they had gone higher, next time hey!?
New Zealand weather can be very unpredictable but we always do our best to work with it to get people jumping. It's great you were able to be flexible with your days, always handy when skydiving in NZ. The weather is just another thing that makes NZ the amazing, dramatic country that it is.

We hope you had a wicked time during the rest of your trip.
All the team at Skydive Franz :)

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CBG

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

IF YOU'RE GONNA JUMP, DO IT HERE ! Bad weather blew out my skydive in Queenstown but fate intervened and I found myself at Franz Josef. Guys, your brochure does not do you justice. Breathtaking views, not just of snow-capped mountains but the Tasman Sea, beach, lakes and the land below, rounded off by a picture postcard sunset. My eternal gratitude to your crew and especially to Reece for a truly amazing experience.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hey CBG,
Thank you, we love hearing from people who have had a blast jumping with us! You're so right, the scenery here is mind blowing, we love it. We've just re-vamped our brochure to show all of the awesome scenery we have here :)
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip as much as you did your skydive.

All the team at Skydive Franz

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walby

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Super dive!
Super scenery!
Super Crew!

Much better than Toupo.

Keep it up.

And if you have doubts go for the 18000ft.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi there Walby,
Thanks for the lovely review. It is pretty super here at Skydive Franz & we think you are super too!
Good advice about the 18000ft, it simply is just the best, no question!
We hope the rest of your trip is epic & awesome.
All the Team at Skydive Franz

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Amy_NolanF

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

I had the most amazing experience with sky dive franz! I was very nervous going in to do the sky dive. The team made me feel at ease throughout the whole experience. I did the 12,000ft sky dive and it was by far the best thing I have ever done. Money well spent! Congrats to the whole team at sky dive franz. They made the experience very special for me

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Amy,
We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your skydive with us. So many people have said it was the best thing they have ever done, we reckon it should be on eveyones bucket list!
Thanks again, we hope you do many more skydives and enjoy them as much as you enjoyed jumping with us.

All the Team at Skydive Franz

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aoifeoh

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

absolutely unbelievable experience...couldnt have been put more at ease..the nerves and fear just dissolved! literally one of the most incredible things iv ever done! thanks so much guys!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Cesar

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing day!
Probably the best thing I've ever done. Loved my skydive. Super friendly staff. Excellent DVD and photo package. The tandem masters and camera guys are good fun and help to relax any nerves! Thanks Guys, I had a fantastic time 10 out of 10.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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clipi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The best experience i've ever made...Perfect day, perfect jump and perfect team :)...I will recommend it to everyone i meet :)...I felt very welcoming and safe...Nowhere else you will get such breathtaking views...The flight and jump is each penny worth...I would do it again, again and again with skydive franz josef :)...best regards to paul (my instructor) and leon for the amazing movie and pics :)...

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kiwi_debstar

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

10+++++ Absolutely brilliant. No other words to describe the whole experience! Franz was my 2nd jump, first being in Auckland and I recommend not wasting your $$ anywhere other than Franz purely for the views and amazing crew! Also felt very safe knowing that my instructor had 7500 jumps under her belt! Awesome experience.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Nick12

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome experience. This was my second jump, and was by far the better of the two. 19K ft, the highest in the world. How good is that! The views are without doubt the best you will ever see. The team at Skydive Franz were fantastic. A great bunch of dudes and a dudette, with a very safe and professional set up that makes you feel about as relaxed as you can, when bailing out of a plane at 19K ft! A must do for sure! Also make sure you get the video package. It is well worth it. Do IT!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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RoryZFulcher

England

Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome first skydive!!!! Bigfoot was great!
Thanks guys!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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jillmarie

United States

Ranking: 10/10

The team at Skydive Franz is really world class. I have been skydiving in Italy and Australia, and my experience in New Zealand with the Skydive Franz team surpasses those other jumps in a huge way. Not only was the staff approachable, friendly, straightforward and very safety conscious, they did something for me that I doubt any other skydiving company would do. After having an amazing first jump with my two friends, we all returned to their office the next day to pick up our pictures and DVDs. Unfortunately, there had been some sort of technical problem with mine and no pictures or movies had been saved from my experience. I already had some pictures and a video of me skydiving previously, so I was not so disappointed. But, to my extreme surprise the Skydive Franz team offered to let me jump again FREE OF CHARGE because they felt so bad that I had not received my pictures. I could not believe it! The generosity and commitment to really giving the customer the perfect experience found with the Franz Joseph team is something really unique and rare in the myriad of adventure travel companies out there. I cannot thank them enough for giving me not one, but TWO amazing, breathtaking, unforgettable experiences that I will hold dear to my heart for the rest of my life. Like I said, the Franz Joseph team is World Class. Don't even think about skydiving anywhere else in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world for that matter! The combination of the mountains, the glacier, the ocean and the Franz Joseph team make this skydive experience one of the BEST IN THE WORLD. Just do it! You won't regret it!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2010

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MeganJane_85

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Sky Dived for the first Time with Skydive Franz in May this year. Would and will be recommending to everyone! Great team and they made everyone feel at ease and made the experience so much more enjoyable! Would recommend getting the complete photo package you will not regret it! I jumped at 15, 000 feet and being scared of heights I was pretty calm and would go 18, 000 next time! Thanks guys for such amazing experience! Loved every second!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Helen and Graham

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A fantastic first time skydive over some awesome glacial scenery. Terrific company.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Shikane

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Truely the most amazing experience I have ever had.
I felt completly safe from the time we climbed aboard to the time we made our perfectly smooth and graceful landing. The view is better than world class. The media package was sharp and professional. Go the extra distance and jump from 18,000ft. You will not regret it. I want to do it again.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Vanina

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

Hi! This was the best experience I ever lived! And the Skydive Franz´s team was awesome, really cool to give me the maximum in this adventure, thanks to all an special Mark...

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Karen_Tang

China

Ranking: 10/10

Hey Franz Skydive team,

Just come back to work from the fantastic New Zealand trip. During the past 15 days, the most exciting moment was my first skydive in Franz Josef. It's really amazing! It's really cool!

Three Chinese girls planned their first skydive in New Zealand. From Queenstown to Wanaka, we almost flied but finally canceled by wind problem. We keep trying our next stop - Franz Josef. Thank you all friends, adding an earlist shif at 7:30am on Apr. 27 to help us catch our schedule.

The last is the best. Thank you Mike for telling me just to enjoy and jump with me. Thank you Paul for taking video for me so that I can recall the experience again and again. I really enjoy the beautify scene, South ALPS, Mt. Cook, Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Tasman sea, lake, forest... This time is 15,000. I'll try 18,000 if I come to NZ next time, and hope to jump with your excellent team again!

On behalf of Iris and Grace, sending their greetings to your team! Keep in touch.

Karen from China Shanghai

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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aclooney

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Hey Skydive Franz Team
I done my first skydive in November 2010. Sorry for the late review, I finished my travels in January this yr, and after 3 months of travelling this was one experience I will not forget:) The team were amazing, Leigh, Ryes,Michael & Craig brought me and 2 friends for the experience of a lifetime putting us all at ease making it a truly amazing unforgettable dive. We were the last dive of the day and our bus was leaving at 7.30am the next morning, the team got my dvd completed and hand delivered by Rhys the next morning so I wouldnt have to leave without it, now thats customer service:) Thankyou so much to all the team, I would highly recommend this fantastic company to anyone going to NZ 100%. Its nearly six months on and I still rave about it, memories to last a life time:):):)
Take Care
Aoife from Ireland

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in November 2010

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traveljunkie

Ranking: 10/10

I went to Franz Josef to see the glacier, bit found myself being talked into doing a skydive, my friend said it would be the most amazing experience I would ever have....AND IT WAS!!! I was scared out of my brain but Rhys made me feel 100% safe and comfortable! I just wish I had gone higher that 12,000 feet! Everyone at Skydive Franz are wonderful! I will be telling ALL MY FRIENDS!! If I can do it, anyone can do it!!! - DOOOOOOOOOOO ITTTTTTTT!!!!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Philli

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I JUMPED OUT OF A PLANE FROM 18,000ft!!!!! I still cant believe it!!! What an AMAZING experience!!!! Everyone at SKYDIVE Franz are super friendly and super professional! I am SO glad I did the highest jump! and even more glad I decided to get a DVD! My only piece of advice is jump as high as you can and get some sort of footage!! AMAZING!!!!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Edwards

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent, lady instructor, very relaxed. best views in NZ, highest jump in NZ 18,000ft.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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martin964

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

WOW! what an amazing experience. I jumped from 18,000ft Twice in one day. Rhys, leigh nd the team were absolutely spot on, and I will definately go back for another jump if I get back to New Zealand.

The guys (and girls) make me feel very at ease and really looked after me for the day as I had never jumped before.

also, the scenery was just unbelieveable. we could see the lakes on the eastern side of mount cook just before we jumped!

I can't recommend these guys highly enough.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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damian98

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I did an 18.000 ft. skydive with this company a few days ago.
They're really professional and concerned about safety and tell you everything you have to know for a safe jump and landing.

As they are a smaller company they're more personal than others (I did an other skydive at lake taupo, so I can compare it) and "faster": no useless waiting for ages between pick-up in town and going in the air!

Good organisation and friendly staff make it a 10/10 experience. Great jump!
And everyone knows the glaciers make a great background for a jump out of an airplane!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Liv

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an experience! I definitely give these guys a 10/10. They were professional and safety conscious, but at the same time were really friendly & made sure that I was having fun before, during and after the jump. The views on the way up and the way down were amazing, and at 18,000 feet, seeing the top of the tallest mountain in NZ was really something! I definitely recommend getting the photo/film package - they're both really high quality and are a great way to show off your experience.

Thanks so much to everyone at Skydive Franz for turning me into an adrenaline junkie! :D

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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jollyholli

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Izzy and i were the worlds first to do this jump and it was EPIC!!!! Never to be forgotten and the staff were awesome. DO IT!!!! OR PAY FOR ME TO DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!! Thanks guys, you were spot on!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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foycie

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

fantastic professional and fun company. what an amazing and gorgeous experience. i wanted to head straight back up again. we had a small bit of cloud cover which i was worried would affect the pictures but it didn't at all, in fact i think it made the pictures even better. the visibility of the glaciers was incredible you could even see the tears of the avalanche maiden! I went for the 18,000ft jump and got free fall photographer and dvd and was so impressed. definitely worth the money. The quality was unreal.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jenna1209

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Skydiving with the team from Skydive Franz was truly the most amazing experience of my life! The team was so friendly and professional and took great care of me and my two friends. For two of us, it was our first time jumping, and Rhys and Leigh and Rebecca made us feel completely safe, totally comfortable and ecstatic! I defintely recommend the video and photo package. The scenery is breathtaking, and Skydive Franz's photographer captures every minute of your experience, just how you want to remember it! This jump was particularly meaningful to me and my friends and the entire team at Skydive Franz left an impression on us we will never forget. Thank you to you all! It was incredible! We all hope to see our friends form Skydive Franz again!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2010

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jamcox

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

To skydive with "Skydive Franz" was truly a magical experience. The friendliness and professionalism of the crew helped ease me into the experience quickly and safely. After a brief chat about how and what to do it was chocks away as we climbed to 12 thousand feet. Having already skydived in Maui I never thought it would be possible to recreate the view of that stunning island. That was until you take the scenic 25 minute flight right over Mount Cook. WOW! The rest as they say is history and given the chance and money I wouldn't hesitate to jump with Skydive Franz again. Well done to the team for a wonderful experience. Keep up the good work 10/10!!! 5*****

PS: Thanks to LEIGH!!!!!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Spark74

France

Ranking: 10/10

I think I don't need to write a long comment to describe this experience. It was just AWESOME, AMAZING, WONDERFUL, FORMIDABLE!
There is not enough words to describe the 18,000 feet skydiving!

Im so happy to have been the third person to have done this new 18,000 feet!
The team is very friendly! Thank you to all of them for this amazing day...

Damien

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Wendy5nz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This has to be the most exciting thing I have ever done, and the team at Skydive Franz were the nicest people ever, they made me feel totally at ease from the moment I emailed them about the jump until picking up my DVD after the jump. You ROCK guys and I totally recommend you to the world. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Wendy Moyes

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Wendy,

It was a pleasure taking you, You really did score a very nice day, the mountains looked so nice that day.

Who said Kiwis can't fly?

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we look forward to seeng you in the future sometime.

take care,

Rhys

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kieron147

England

Ranking: 10/10

The guys at skydive franz were amazing! I arrived in Franz on the 12th October and within a couple of hours was strapped to Leigh and heading up to 12000ft. The flight up was worth the money and the skydive was INCREDIBLE. The views were out ofthis world! In 15months travelling the world its my No1 experience. The whole team were amazing, and Leigh especially was fantastic. At 6ft tall I was a bit nervous being strapped to a lass of about 5ft (!) but any fears were unfounded, she made sure the whole experience was incredible.
The phots and dvd were awesome, really hard not to just watch the dvd back constantly.
I'll defo be back to tackle 18000ft!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in October 2010

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Kieron!

Your kind words are very nice.

You did really well and we look forward to taking you to 18000' the next level, it really is something else.

I got a 85 second freefall today from 18k and we could see right over to the pacific ocean, and the lakes on the other side of Mount Cook.

Thank you so much for the friendly review, we all appreciate your feedback.

take care

Leigh

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lisaeadie

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

NIKE!!! Just do it! Best experience of my life, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I have been raving about it for the past 3 weeks and encouraging as many people as possible to jump on the bandwagon and do a skydive!
Absolutely awesome
oh and the video is great! now i have proof!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Lisa,

Sounds like you are really raving about it, we a very happy you had such a great time.

The video really does help bring the memory back.

If it is the best experience of your life, you should consider skydiving on your own... Australia has a very strong sport skydiving fraternity... something to consider.

See you next time,

Skydive Franz

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Klyster

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! Reece and Lee were awesome, the pilot knew his stuff, I was so scared initially but the confidence and expertise of these guys overcame my fear and all I had to deal with was the adrenaline! The video and photos were superb, and the location was supreme!!!
Thanks team for an awesome experience.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi,

Thanks for taking your time to review Skydive Franz. I could tell you were a bit scared but you did a great job. I'm glad you liked your photos and video. Come back and visit us next time you are on the West Coast.

Take care,

Skydive Franz

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jennawaz

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I had heard that THE place to skydive is Franz Josef... and combined with the excellence and expertise of Skydive Franz... it was an experience that blew my socks off!!!! We (myself and 2 travel buddies) had such a special time with the whole crew (thanks Rhys and Leigh and everyone!!!). I felt so calm and taken care of. The professionalism of this company is present from the very beginning to the very end! I definitely recommend getting the photos and the video, as my WHOLE family and friends continuously watch it and get to experience one of the BEST moments of my life. Thanks again Franz Josef!!!! I will ABSOLUTELY recommend you to everyone I know!!!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Jenna,

We had a great time taking you girls up there. I think we might see you back as skydivers? You girls were great fun and we love the photos you put on facebook. You will have to come back and jump from 18,000ft next time you are in NZ.

Also thanks for the lovely card you guys wrote.

See you back here sometime.

Skydive Franz

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Marilyn

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A special thanks to the crew for making it such a personal feling experience. It was my first time, and the guys at Skydive Franz made me feel excited but not freak out. I'll be back again! ;) Brilliant!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Marilyn,

Thanks for your great review. Well done on your first skydive and I will look forward to seeing you when you come to the west coast sometime.

Ka kite anō

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Jana

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Hands down the best experience in New Zealand (and there was tough competition). The people were amazing (thanks Leigh, Rhys and the rest of the staff!) and the scenery was breathtaking (can't imaging a better place to jump out of a plane then Franz Josef). I highly, highly recommend jumping with Skydive Franz! I also highly recommend purchasing the video and pictures. Our friends and family love watching the video and the pictures were amazing (they even took the time to take photographs of the mountains and scenery during the plane ride up). Wouldn't change a single thing. Makes me want to jump our of planes all day, every day.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Jana,

Thanks for taking your time to review Skydive Franz. Nice to meet you, sounds like you had a great time in New Zealand. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed watching your dvd. You can always learn how to jump and be a skydiver yourself if you really enjoyed it..

Thanks again,

Skydive Franz

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jorge keops

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Rhys Kempen and Leigh Ainsworth are the best,My jump was very exciting and fun, very very very funny, and they are a fantastic jumpers.From Spain I send you a hug . See you my friends!!
Sorry for my bad English!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Jorge,

Thanks for your review. Your english in fine. We enjoyed meeting you and taking you for a skydive. We may come to visit you in Spain some day. Spain must be a great place because you guys always seem to have a great time. We are doing our 18,000 feet jumps now so next time you are around we can take you to the next level...

¡Hasta la próxima

Skydive Franz

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Mathias

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Accessible and personal - felt safe.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi Mathias,

Thanks for taking your time to review Skydive Franz. We are a new and exciting place to skydive in New Zealand so your nice review means alot to us.

Thanks again
Skydive Franz

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mcrush

Norway

Ranking: 10/10

This was awesome! I have done a couple of Skydives in New Zealand and this one is the best by far!!! The others were in Queenstown and Taupo. The staff were soo frendily and profisional. And the secenry was amazing!!! And they told me that in a few weeks they will be going up to 18,000ft. Not like it maters because I had a super time on my jump from 12,000ft.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Skydive Franz responds:

Hi,

Thanks for being our first customer to review us on rankers. We do believe this is the best place to jump. We have worked at a lot of other places and focus our energy on being a friendly professional dropzone. We are now are doing the 15,000 ft and 18,000 ft skydives we were discussiong with you, making us the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand. We look forward to meeting you again in the future.

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