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29 October 2020

Skydive Tauranga has reached new heights in tourism by launching a new 15,000-foot skydive. Thrill-seeking customers will jump from the business’ new plane for “one of the highest skydives over the South Pacific Ocean,” claimed Skydive Tauranga co-owner Tristan Webb. The business has invested in the new plane despite the impacts of COVID-19 and is gearing up for a busy summer season ahead. 

“We’re thrilled to deliver this amazing new experience on behalf of New Zealand’s tourism industry. Kiwis are known for ingenuity and delivering world-class visitor experiences and we embrace those values at Skydive Tauranga,” said Webb. 

The purchase of the new plane allows the business to take customers to an altitude of 15,000 feet, an accomplishment few other skydiving operations in the South Pacific have achieved.  

“COVID-19 has brought tough times to so many New Zealand businesses, but with the support of Kiwis getting out and exploring their backyard, we decided to invest anyway,” said Webb. 

Tourism Bay of Plenty Head of Destination Marketing, Kath Low, said that she applauded Skydive Tauranga’s new venture. 

“We’re delighted to have this unique and outstanding attraction in the Coastal Bay of Plenty. Skydive Tauranga and so many tourism businesses have shown such grit and innovation in the face of COVID-19,” said Low. 

The first jump at the 15,000-foot altitude was made by the company’s four owners on Wednesday 14 October 2020. The Tauranga Airport Fire crew christened the plane with its water cannons before it took off for its first flight. Skydive Tauranga co-owners Donnie Banez, Gui Calmelet, Jen Culblaith and Tristan Webb jumped in unison and linked up in the air to celebrate. 

To offset some of the carbon emissions produced by the business flying customers into the air, Skydive Tauranga donates proceeds from every booking towards native tree plantings in the Bay of Plenty through conservation programme Trees that Count. 

“Not only do the Skydive Tauranga team deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience for manuhiri, our visitors, but their commitment to give back to the environment is an example of regenerative tourism. We applaud tourism operators that are committed to ensuring we protect and regenerate what makes our region so special – our natural environment,” said Low. 

The Trees That Count partnership was formed over a year ago as a step towards Skydive Tauranga’s ambitious commitment for the business to become carbon-neutral by 2025. Skydive Tauranga customers are also given the option to contribute further to offsetting their carbon emissions by donating towards Trees That Count when booking. This donation is then also matched by Skydive Tauranga. 

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