This was a fun day with Skydive Auckland. Skydive Auckland is based at Parakai, so there are marvellous vistas while skydiving. There are Muriwai Beach, Woodhill Forest and Kaipara Harbour on Auckland’s west coast, as well as the river which snakes through Helensville, expansive farm land, and the landmarks of Auckland city in the distance.
We had a 1pm booking for skydiving with Skydive Auckland who are based at Parakai in the north-west of the greater Auckland region. Skydive Auckland gets people to call them 1 hour before the set time to check the weather and that it is not too windy. We had previously planned this trip in September but that particular day was far too stormy and windy for skydiving.
October 7 turned out to be a cloudy day but there was minimal wind so we drove about 45 minutes to Skydive Auckland’s premises. After signing in, the group were shown a pre-jump video, outlining what to expect as well as some safety considerations. Then it was time to meet the crew who were going to tandem jump with them. They instructed my group on what they needed to do before and during the tandem jump.
After that, there was only a short walk over the gravel road to the small aerodrome where the four people who were going to jump and the crew from Skydive Auckland got into the small plane in the order in which they were going to skydive.
The plane took off and banked higher and higher into the sky until it was only a small dot in the sky. Skydivers have a choice of jumping from 9,000 feet (30 seconds freefall), 13,000 feet (45 seconds freefall) or 16,500 feet (75 seconds freefall) so those jumping from 9,000 go first and those jumping from 16,500 go last.
After an exciting and fun time jumping out of the plane, freefalling and then drifting down more gently after the parachute opened, Skydivers get to take in the spectacular views over Muriwai Beach, Kaipara Harbour, Woodhill Forest and the rural area all around.
The skydivers landed on the field outside Skydive Auckland’s premises, exactly where they were intended to touch down.
A short time later, they were given the videos and photos to check and we headed back to Auckland city, arriving about 3.30pm.