The 8 best places to skydive in New Zealand

It is an adrenaline junkie's paradise, after all

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New Zealand isn't just one of the most beautiful places on the planet (as if that weren't enough of a reason to visit). It's also a thrill seeker's paradise, so it's hardly surprising that it's hugely popular with backpackers seeking some gap year adventure.

Yup - there's an adrenaline fuelled activity around every corner in NZ, from sand-boarding in Ahipara to jumping off an actual building in the centre of Auckland (that one takes some serious gonads).

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And then, of course, there's the ultimate in high octane pursuits: the skydive.

With its stunning scenery, plentiful jump zones, and stringent safety, there really is no better place to hurl yourself out of a plane than New Zealand. Here's the 8 best places to do just that (we won't tell your mum if you don't).

8. QUEENSTOWN

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Queenstown is the site of NZ's first ever tandem skydive operation, and it's still going strong. Not really surprising, considering your view on the way down includes the country's highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook, and Lake Wakatipu.

Book your Queenstown dive with NZone Skydive right here

7. GLENORCHY

Also close to the backpacker haven of Queenstown is Glenorchy - and a skydive here is like a jump into Middle Earth, with Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit vibes everywhere you look (note to self: make sure you open your eyes on the way down). Basically, if Frodo did a skydive, he'd do it here.

Book your Glenorchy dive with Skydive Paradise right here

6. ABEL TASMAN

Want to maximise that free fall experience? Abel Tasman Skydive lets you jump from a whopping 16500ft, right over the glorious national park that includes miles of protected coastline featuring golden beaches, lush rainforest and bluer than blue ocean. Dreamy.

Book your Abel Tasman dive right here

5. AUCKLAND

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Take on the highest skydive New Zealand's largest city. Yup, in Auckland you can hurl yoruself outta that plane at 16500ft for an unbeatable view of the urban landscape and surrounding islands from the air.

Book your Auckland dive right here

4. TAUPO

A must-dive location for LOTR / The Hobbit fans, thanks to the fact that you'll get a bird's eye view of Mount Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe IRL) on the way down. Oh, and the biggest lake in New Zealand too, nbd.

Book your Taupo dive right here

3. FOX GLACIER

It doesn't get much more scenic than jumping over the Westland Tai Poutini National Park: featuring the incredible Fox Glacier - part of the largest glaciers and snow fields in the Southern Alps. Cool. Literally.

Book your Fox Glacier dive right here

2. FRANZ JOSEF

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At 19000ft, this is the highest tandem skydive in the Southern Hemisphere - so if you're a bit of a wimp this probs isn't the one for you. However, for those with nerves of steel - this is one view you will literally never forget. 

Book your Franz Josef dive right here

1. BAY OF ISLANDS

The clue is in the name - Bay of Islands consists of 140 subtropical islands scattered across the ocean - and you can gaze down upon them as you free fall for over a minute after jumping at 16,000ft. 

Book your Bay of Islands dive right here

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself to New Zealand with STA Travel , who offer a 24-day New Zealand Encompassed package from £2229 per person including activities, accommodation, meals, a local guide and all transport between destinations and to/from activities. 

Add on return economy flights from London Heathrow from just £575 per person. The tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Wellington. 

Book now and travel between 07 November and 08 December 2016. To book please visit www.statravel.com, call 0800 988 0390 or visit one of the STA Travel stores.

You should also visit newzealand.com for loooooooads more info and inspiration. 

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