Country’s first indoor skydiving facility opens its doors in Queenstown

If you've always wanted to feel the rush of skydiving, but can't face jumping out of a plane, you might just find what you're looking for in Queenstown.

The Otago resort town is home to the country's first indoor skydiving facility, iFLY Indoor Skydiving, which opened its doors this morning.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving director and former skydiving world champion Gary Beyer said, "I've done about 20,000 skydives over a 30-year period, and in all honesty, if you close your eyes inside the tunnel, you can't tell any difference".

The vertical wind tunnel is the latest piece of adventure tourism to hit Queenstown - a market which continues to grow as almost one million visitors trial some sort of adrenaline rush in the region every year.

iFLY's Emma Beyer said, "It's an absolute no-brainer to put this in Queenstown. Queenstown has so many fantastic operators who are doing some amazing soft adventure and hardcore adrenaline tourism attractions".

Not only is it a bit of fun, the activity is also being recognised as a sport in its own right.

"It's becoming a thing, and with a little bit of luck, we may even be in with a show for the Olympics," Mr Beyer said.

If you want to feel the rush of skydiving but don’t want to jump out of a plane this may be for you. Source: 1 NEWS