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About Us

Our Story

Skydive Franz was founded back in 2010 by Craig Clark, James Meldrum and Alex Miller. Three Kiwi guys with a passion for The West Coast and also enthusiastic aviators. The growth of the business has been rapid as the word of mouth reputation for excellent service, incredible scenery and an outstanding safety culture has spread around the globe.

In 2018, Skydive Franz was purchased by INFLITE and is now part of the group that also encompases INFLITE Charters, INFLITE Experiences and Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters.

Skydive Franz offers skydiving from 13,000 feet, 16,500 feet and 18,000 feet.

We are fully certified New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority ‘Adventure Aviation’ operators. And we have a 100% safety record.

Our Tandem Masters are world class, fun, vibrant and pride themselves on their professionalism. Our aircraft is maintained to an incredibly high standard, and our pilots are commercially rated mountain pilots who know the local weather conditions inside-out.

Skydive Franz Josef Glacier

If you are considering skydiving in New Zealand then Skydive Franz is a fantastic option.

We are the only skydiving operation located in and operating from Franz Josef Glacier. We have a booking office right in the middle of town, and our trips depart from there. The airfield is only 5 minutes drive from town, and generally your trip will take around 2 – 3 hours total.

Tandem Skydiving

Tandem skydiving is the fastest, easiest and safest way for an inexperienced skydiver to enjoy the thrill of jumping out of a plane, free falling through the sky at 200kph/120mph and floating safely to the ground under a parachute. The system includes a harness and parachute system for both the passenger and the instructor to share, so you can simply enjoy the thrill of the experience knowing your instructor has everything under control.

At Skydive Franz we pride ourselves on professionalism and our instructors are world class skydiving athletes, each with many thousands of skydives.

Our Micro Sigma tandem parachute systems are the latest, most advanced, safest, and most comfortable available. With our parachute systems, instructors and gravity doing all the work for you, you can relax and enjoy your experience knowing you are in safe hands.

Tandem skydiving is unequaled for thrill seekers and adventurers alike, no other experience will give you the fulfillment of a skydive, and with the advent of tandem skydiving, access to this thrill has never been easier. Tandem Skydiving with Skydive Franz provides you with all this while enjoying the best views possible of Franz Josef Glacier. Take the challenge, live life and enjoy.

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