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Skydive Wānaka celebrates 25 years

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 12 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Skydive Wānaka (the second-largest skydive company in New Zealand) celebrates its 25th anniversary, after having weathered Covid-19 and coming out the other side.

Meeting the COVID challenge head-on, Skydive Wānaka was committed to keeping the doors open and retaining as many staff as possible.

 Skydive Wānaka manager Derek Melnick said Covid-19 had undoubtedly been the primary challenge of the past 25 years, not only for the business but for most tourism operators.

“Specifically for businesses like ours that have been more heavily dependent on international markets,” he said.  “So that has been a definite low.”

But a high has been 25 years of developing the second largest skydiving operation in New Zealand.

“What has made Skydive Wānaka so popular?  Probably the location as one of the most scenic on the planet. We have some of the most dramatic landscapes.  Look from 15,000 feet above Wānaka. Lush greens and blues with the aerial views of the mountain backdrop. You can see Mt Cook. An incredible place to jump from that perspective.”

Respect should be paid to the efforts of the founders, Dave and Jules Hall, Melnick said. “They had great vision when they started the business.”

“The longevity of the business can be put down to the popularity of New Zealand as a visitor destination, and particularly the Southern Lakes region, and the incredible work that organisations like NZ Tourism and Lake Wānaka Tourism do to promote businesses like ours,” he said. 

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