Restrictions


USPA membership Not Required
AADs Required
Hook turns Not Allowed

What it costs


AFF courses available at 2585 NZD
Tandem jumps from 399 NZD
Jump tickets at 45 NZDto 16500ft
Video available at 199 NZD

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! Owner

Aircraft


Pilatus Porter (10 skydivers) & a Walter Fletcher turbine (6 skydivers)

Facilities


Gear Rentals
Rigging
Packing Area
Creeping Area
Team Rooms
Video Rooms
Coaches
Accuracy
Restaurant
Shops

Where we jump


Motueka Airport
LAT: -41.123
LNG: 172.993

Contact Us


Hangar One, 16 College street, Motueka, 7120, New Zealand
03 528 4091 or 0800 422 899
03 528 4092 (FAX)
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chrishines

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Wow! This has to be the most accommodating DZ we have ever visited! We are traveling New Zealand (and the world), sadly without rigs and the only Skydiving-related stuff we have is a couple of pull-ups! We dropped by these guys in the hope they could help us out and just do a couple of jumps to take in the view from freefall. They were very welcoming and with swift but thorough check of our experience level we were ready to jump. They had a good choice of gear-for-hire to suit all tastes and within about 20 mins we were on the first load. The views are excellent, mountains, sea, river estuary and good NZ-greenery.... Thanks Skydive Abel Tasman! Good on you for supporting sport skydivers in NZ too! There are plenty of Tandem factories here but you are the only people we have found who were prepared to help a couple of strung-out experienced jumpers! We'll be back....

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AJWILSON

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Having been crusing about the South Island trying to jump at "Tandem Factories" it was very refreashing to turn up here and be told I was very welcome and they would try to get me in the air as soon as possible. And they did, pairing me up for a 2-way sit jump with one of the other sport jumpers hanging about, then a 3-way very soon after. Very cool place, some of the most chill and friendly tamdem masters I have ever met and a good fun vibe around the whole dropzone. Just be warned they do hold the 'first' beer rule very seriously and appaerntly the beer bought must start with the letter 'M'. go there, jump and have fun!!

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miyuki

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The best sporty dropzone in NZ, The scenery of ABEL TASMAN from the sky is awesome! People at the Dropzone is nice. Very friendly to not only locals, but also foreigners! Don't miss it! Don't!

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Close to 100 Kiwi skydivers thoroughly enjoyed the second and even better "Good Vibes" Boogie, run by Skydive Abel Tasman in sunny Motueka over 15-17 August 2003.

The forecast was for nationwide clag that weekend; but not in Motueka! From midday Friday to end Sunday blue skies and low winds dominated, with just a couple of short weather holds.
This allowed everyone to jump their hearts out over the 3 days with close to 100 loads from the Skydive Abel Tasman turbine Fletcher and - visiting from Skydive Auckland - the Pilatus Porter!

Both jump ships took 8 jumpers to 13,000 feet for a flat rate of NZ$35 each, though the Fletcher was a bit faster to altitude than the Porter. Excellent scenery over the hills, beaches and oceans, and it wasn't that cold- at least, not all the time. Suffice to say the skydivers from small Cessna-dependent DZs were thoroughly spoiled, and several larger RW and freefly loads were attempted. These included many successful formation 4, 8 and 16-ways.

Among the funniest jumps caught on camera was the 'Superman', by guys all wearing the required red undies, and a couple of formation 'Rodeo' dives. Several tube jumps were made by the freeflyers, and a tracking chase with smoke and flour trails provided spectacular visuals. Special mention must be made of the very successful training camp subsidised by the NZPF, offering RW and Freefly coaching skydives - with video - at the bargain rate of just $10 extra per slot. Thanks to the NZ 4-Way and Freefly Champion coaches and camera-flyers who freely dedicated their time to these jumps.

A lot of locals lined the airfield fence to watch jumping over the weekend, and were treated to the sight of several swoop landings....and some not quite so good. Excellent safety during the boogie however; one malfunction, no injuries and no close calls.

Big thanks must go to Skydive Abel Tasman for their great efforts in organising the event and all the registration extras - including t-shirts, BBQs, prize draws and copious free supplies of Mac's lager at the end of the boogie!
NZ Aerosports and Cloud 9 Skydiving were both offering demo flights on their respective canopy ranges, and kindly sponsored goodies for jumpers.

So if you weren't there - you missed out – big time! If you were there, see you again next year!

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BrettParker

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This DZ has a great vibe, really friendly for sport skydivers. I was at 'Skydive Nelson' for their first Green Rush Boogie over 16-18 August 2002. Over 30 active Kiwi jumpers participated, and we all had a great time! The DZ now operates a real honey of a jumpship - a converted Fletcher ag-plane with a Walter turbine engine (Czech copy of a PT6), fitted with windows, excellent internal sliding door, exit handles and step, carpeted and powder coated inside...takes 11 minutes to 12,000 feet with 8 jumpers on board, say no more!
Sport rates are NZ$35 each to at least 12,000 feet.

The DZ facilities are great, with indoor packing, full rigging on site, TV lounge, a great kitchen, deck and picnic tables. No accommodation on site for visiting jumpers, but there are plenty of backpacker motels in Motueka so that's no problem.

The view from altitude is great, with the small square of Motueka aerodrome surrounded by orchards and vineyards, the town itself bordered by hill ranges and the Pacific Ocean.

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