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Indoor Skydiving in Queenstown, NZ by an 11-Year-Old

Indoor Skydiving in Queenstown, NZ by an 11-Year-Old

by Family Globetrotters

Known as the ‘Adventure Capital Of The World’, Queenstown, New Zealand Caters Not Only For The Extremists In Adults But Also For Kids Of All Ages. Here’s an Account of Indoor Skydiving by an 11-Year-Old Who Loved His New Experience.

My name is Lucas and I’m 11 years old.

Queenstown, New Zealand

My parents let me choose one thing I want to do during our holiday. I wanted to go indoor skydiving in Queenstown because I had never done it before and it looks really fun.

First we had to go into a classroom to learn what to do while inside the wind tunnel. We had to learn signals so that my instructor can tell me to straighten or bend my legs, put my chin up, or relax so that I am in the correct position.  The correct position is a banana shaped body. Your chin up as far as it goes, and your arms bent at eye level.

Before we went, I had to get dress in a jumpsuit and a helmet. And then before we went inside the wind tunnel, there were some technical difficulties so we had to wait 20 minutes, and I got double the time inside the time tunnel for waiting.

To get into the wind tunnel, I had to fall into it in the correct position. And then I started floating.  The wind in the tunnel was making dust particles hit my neck and chin, so I fixed it by pulling the balaclava in the helmet over my neck and chin. The top speed of the wind in the tunnel was 259kph but I only flew at 118kph.

It felt easy for me at first. As I learnt new things it got a little bit harder. I I accidentally put my body in a straight position, which resulted in me falling down once. But then I got up by making my body go back into the right position and flew back into the air. The two tricks that I did was turning left and right, and going up to the top of the chamber spinning round and round, and then go back down spinning round and round again.  I was in the tunnel for one and a half minutes each time and I went in 4 times.

I thought it was really fun and I would like to do it again when it comes to Melbourne this year.

Indoor Skydiving in Queenstown, NZ by an 11-Year-Old

Queenstown is located in the South Island of New Zealand and fortunately for us Australians, it is but a short flight to get to paradise. Sitting majestically on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the Southern Alps as its picture-perfect backdrop, Queenstown remains as one of the most beautiful places we have ever had the fortune of visiting.

The summer and winter months of Queenstown provide for very different experiences. Having done both seasons, we can categorically say that you really must do both. It is almost like visiting 2 different destinations.

Although it is known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown has plenty to do for those who are not adrenalin junkies. This was certainly the case for us when we took Hannah for the first time. This town is small and easy to navigate, and it is also the gateway to so many other incredible attractions such as horse riding in filming locations for Isengard, Lord of the Rings, cherry picking experiences where the cherries are as big as plums, gold rush towns and an incredible selection of wineries of the Central Otago region. Queenstown itself is filled with activities such as the luge, jet boating, white water rafting, steam boat trip across the lake, paragliding, just to name a few.

Queenstown is truly breathtaking, and we can use all the adjectives available in the dictionary to describe the beauty of this place and it still wouldn’t do it justice. The scenery stretches across the entire region with no pockets considered not stunning. If you love your road trips, Queenstown makes for an excellent base to start your adventure.


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Yukti Agrawal February 3, 2019 - 9:06 pm

I never knew about Indoor Skydiving but it looks fun and must do activity. As I have never done skydiving due to fear of heights, I think I should try this indoor one first to overcome my fear. I have Queenstown in my wish list and therefore including this activity too.

Family Globetrotters February 20, 2019 - 6:12 pm

I totally agree with you! I would never skydive for real! No way…. this would be a great alternative.

Annick February 2, 2019 - 2:47 pm

I’m ashamed to admit that I’m too scared to try indoor skydiving. It really sounds like Lucas had fun and if I ever try it I’ll remember to stay in a banana shape with my arms bent. But I do like a place that offers something for all ages and Queenstown sounds perfect in that way.

Family Globetrotters February 20, 2019 - 6:08 pm

Just said to another reader that I doubt I would be coordinated enough to maintain any form of balanace! LOL! Well, I would never sky dive for real so I reckon this would be a great alternative. Just so I can feel what its really like.

David February 2, 2019 - 8:52 am

I’ve always wanted to give that a try! It must feel quite strange at first especially trying to keep thar banana shaped body. Pretty cool flying at 118kmh though! I’ll need to try this some day

Family Globetrotters February 20, 2019 - 6:07 pm

Hope you get to do it one day! I doubt I’d be coordinated enough to maintain any form of balance!

Medha February 1, 2019 - 5:48 am

Its great that not only is Queenstown the adventure capital for extreme sports for adults but also kids. The indoor skydiving experience looks like a great way for the younger ones to experience a simulated skydive and enjoy the thrill. We have the same experience in Dubai as well but I’ve never tried it, I have only experienced the actual sky dive 😉

Family Globetrotters February 1, 2019 - 3:57 pm

Its so cool isn’t it? I guess its a great way for kids to experience this seeing they can’t sky dive yet. Would love to know how close the indoor experience is to the real thing.

Leah January 31, 2019 - 8:08 am

I love getting an 11 year old’s perspective! We travel as a family too, so kid recommendations are important to me! 🙂 I have always wanted to try indoor skydiving. I have skydived a few times, but never indoors, and it has always looked like fun. Thank you for sharing all of this helpful information!

Family Globetrotters February 1, 2019 - 3:52 pm

You welcome! Maybe you can get the kids to try this out someday. Looks like so much fun and I wonder how close it is to the real thing?

Daniel January 30, 2019 - 9:02 pm

I’d never know this thing exists if I didn’t read this article! With that being said, I’m glad I came across it. I would definitely love to try it out someday. Thank you for the recommendation and keep up the great work.

Family Globetrotters February 1, 2019 - 3:50 pm

Loos super fun doesn’t it? Well if an 11 year old can do it, so can we! What an adventurous boy!

Anita January 30, 2019 - 6:34 pm

I am surpriced this thing even exist! Looks like a so much fun, if they would also screen the views on the earth from above, underneeth the flying person. This is an interesting discovery for me, I would try it first before doing the real skydive.

Family Globetrotters February 1, 2019 - 3:49 pm

What a cool idea about having the earth below the flying person. Like a VR experience! Yup, great prelude to the real thing. I wonder if Lucas will do that when he’s an adult?

Jane Dempster-Smith January 30, 2019 - 6:59 am

I have never read anyone who has done indoor skydiving. It looks fun. Queenstown is such a beautiful place in New Zealand. There is so much to do and see. Thank you for sharing.

Family Globetrotters February 1, 2019 - 3:48 pm

Me neither and to think you can do it at the age of 11. Very cool. I love Queenstown too!


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