If you’re torn like I was with choosing between skydiving over Fox Glacier or Franz Joseph Glacier, don’t worry, you can have the BEST of both worlds: skydive Fox Glacier and take a heli ride over Franz Joseph! Luckily, they’re only a 25-minute drive from each other.
How To Get Around…
Photo Credit: Juicy Rentals
To Fox from Queenstown, it’s a 4.5 hour drive, so it’s best to stay nearby, otherwise you’ll be waking up early to get there.
Renting A Car: This is a MUST while visiting New Zealand, as most of its sights are far apart. Be sure to rent/bring a GPS, especially if you won’t have wifi on your phone. For 2 weeks, we rented a car for about $600USD (around $40USD/day). Note: New Zealanders drive on the opposite side of the road as Americans, so be careful!
RV Rental: Many people rent a camper van/motor home and utilize that as both their transport and accommodation (we’ll be doing this next time!). Juicy Rentals is by far the most popular in town. A standard camper van will cost about $1470USD for 2 weeks (around $105USD/day). Don’t forget to factor in the cost of gas.
Where To Skydive:
With a backdrop of the Southern Alps, glaciers, rainforest and the ocean, it’s hard to imagine a better place to skydive and the BEST company is Skydive Fox. My tandem had performed over 2,000 jumps.
$249NZD(172USD) 9,000 feet 30 second free fall
$299NZD (200USD) 13,000 feet 50 second free fall (our choice)
$399NZD (275USD) 16,500 feet 65 second free fall
Freefall Photos: $95NZD ($65USD)
Freefall Video: $149NZD ($100USD)
Photo & Video Combo: $179NZD (123USD)
If this is your first time skydiving, you MUST spend the extra money to get the photos and video…it’s PRICELESS! A GoPro camera is worn by your tandem. You will receive a full refund if the dive is cancelled due to weather.
Where To Stay…
There are a lot of accommodations in both Franz Joseph and Fox, but we opted to stay in an Airbnb at the nearby beach town of Okarito, a 50 minute drive from Fox, which I’d highly recommend. It’s a quiet, small town (population 30!), right on a beautiful beach. Many people camp/park their RV’s there as well. The night sky is so dark and clear, it’s absolutely perfect for star gazing.
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Lake Matheson Motel:
Centrally located with great service. $95USD/night
More affordable and still centrally located. $66USD/night
Where To Eat…
Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon:
Located just across the street from Skydive Fox with delicious food. Be sure to order the sampler for two with calamari and ribs.
Great location facing the mountains, with great food!
The Last Kitchen:
Great food and staff.
My Feelings About Skydiving:
Honestly, I was scared out of my mind to sky dive, but once you’re inside the (tiny) plane and climbing altitude, all fear fades away as you’re totally taken by the breathtaking scenery. I felt super comfortable and confident with my tandem. Much to my amazement, I WAS IN LOVE with the whole experience and I’ve never felt more alive in my whole life! I can’t wait to do it again!