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Skydive Abel Tasman

Average Rating: 4.85
4.85 out of 5 based on 79 user reviews

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Motueka Airport (NZMK)
Lat: -41.123
Lng: 172.993

Hangar One, 16 College street
Motueka, 7120
New Zealand

03 528 4091 or 0800 422 899
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Last Updated: 2013-11-07
Pilatus Porter (10 skydivers) & a Walter Fletcher turbine (6 skydivers)

Training: AFF, Tandem

AAD: Required

Hook Turns: Forbidden

USPA Membership: Not Required

AFF: 2585 NZD
Tandem: 399 NZD
Video: 199 NZD
Jump Ticket: 45 NZD to 16500 ft


DZ situated in the north of South Island with awesome weather pattern, breathtaking views; snow capped mountains, golden beaches, turquoise oceans...Paradise! All sports jumpers and students are warmly welcomed. Home of Good Vibes, NZ's largest annual skydiving boogie!


  • Gear Rentals
  • Rigging Services
  • Covered Packing Area
  • Creeping Area
  • Team Rooms
  • Video Rooms
  • Coaches
  • Accuracy Tuffet
  • Restaurant
  • Shop

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Skydive Abel Tasman Rated 5 by: captainhansen on 2014-07-29

Pros: Friendly & helpful staff, sportie friendly DZ, amazing views!
Cons: No cons

A great dropzone with friendly staff, great plane, good facilities and stunning views at the top of the South Island.

Would recommend it to anyone for tandems, AFF or sporties - Skydive Abel Tasman is great.

(Review ID:8603)

A well tuned dropzone that is super welcoming to sporties.

Skydive Abel Tasman Rated 4 by: starcruza on 2013-01-29

Pros: Friendly, welcoming staff. Amazing views, sporty friendly
Cons: No cafe.

While holidaying in New Zealand I went on a bit of a dropzone crawl across the country. It's a real shame that many of the places that I went to have taken the direction of deterring sports jumpers from visiting. Skydive Abel Tasman is NOT one of those dropzones. From the moment I arrived I was made super welcome and got straight into checking out the amazing scenery from 15,000ft. The only negatives I could point out are that there is no camping area for visitors (but thats because they cant have one near the airfield) and that there isn't a cafe (I believe one is planned for construction some time soon)..
Thanks for having me guys, Blues skies!

(Review ID:7796)

Great DZ, nice relaxed vibe, professional staff with tons of experience, lovely location

Skydive Abel Tasman Rated 5 by: ZipZaq on 2013-01-04

Pros: Friendly and professional team, great vibe, pros happy to give newbies a hand, really good weather
Cons: I don't live close enough :(

I had a great bunch of jumps at Skydive Abel Tasman right before New Year. Thanks a ton and I'm looking forward to coming back!

Skydive Abel Tasman has a great vibe about it. It's relaxed but totally professional. Their systems work like a well oiled machine - you know your load well in advance and the Pilatus Porter has quick turn arounds.

The crew there are absolutely awesome and really accommodating to newer sport jumpers such as myself. Everyone was looked after really well. Did some coached FS jumps and lots of 2 ways plus a couple of solos. A variety of sport jumpers kept turning up, and there were the usual lot of tandems too. The pros were helpful with plenty of tips right from load organizing, dirt dives, free fall, canopy flight and help with packing too.

Motueka, where the DZ is located, is a really cool little town. There are some nice cafes and pubs, plenty of accommodation options, and the stunning Abel Tasman park right next door. It's fairly easy to get to the DZ from Nelson (nearest airport). The drive is about 45 mins and there are buses and shuttles around. As a bonus, the weather is generally pretty good.

Do I recommend Skydive Abel Tasman - oh yes, 100%+ :)

(Review ID:7768)

Great Drop Zone on the S Island for Sport Jumps

Skydive Abel Tasman Rated 5 by: bonkers351 on 2012-12-30

Pros: Landing Area, Aircraft, The Staff and People
Cons: none

Sport jumpers are made to feel welcome and at home. Like all DZ's tandems pay the bills, but here they have a small population of local sport jumpers, the staff take time for fun jumps, and it has the vibe of a cool place to hang out when the turbine stops. This is a must visit DZ for any sport jumper touring S. Island.
(Review ID:7763)

Excellent dropzone with stunning views

Skydive Abel Tasman Rated 5 by: kirk_theo1986 on 2012-10-07

Pros: Awesome porter, Kick ass staff and a 60" TV to watch your jump/s!!
Cons: Liza #2 left.. :( oh and Good Vibes has to come to an end :(

Staff are very accommodating from your first tandem to AFF students and every sport jump afterwards.
As a sporty your made to feel welcome rather than a inconvenience to the tandem operation you get at other 'organisations'. cheap as jump tickets to ride in the porter to altitude in no time!

Facilities are sweet as, clean, tidy and professional (I hate messy packing mats!!) with plenty of space outside for family an friends to chill out an watch the canopy's land right outside the base on the lush grass landing area.
As I mentioned above the MASSIVE TV to watch back your jumps for debriefing is ridiculously cool! B)

Stu Bean is a LEGEND for opening his DZ to sportys for Good Vibes and Lisa is an absolute ANGEL for organising the whole thing, one of the best weeks of my skydiving career so far!

Cheers guys for an all round awesome place to feed my addiction, Look forward to many more jumps at Skydive Abel Tasmen.. :)

(Review ID:7659)

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