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10 Best Flight Experiences in New Zealand

By now, you probably already realise that New Zealand is a land of diverse natural beauty. You don’t need us to tell you that the brilliant blue lakes, snow-capped peaks, giant glaciers, golden sand beaches and awe-inspiring volcanoes are monumental to even the most seasoned traveller. And, because you’re here, you probably don’t need us…

Skydive Sensory Overload!

March 2020 Dariya was on holiday touring the West Coast and chose Skydive Franz for an adventure of a lifetime – jumping out of an aeroplane at 16500ft over the Southern Alps! Skydive Franz is one the most beautiful Dropzones in the world. Dariya could not stop smiling from take off until she returned to planet earth. Her flight to altitude took about 20 minutes. There was a moment just before exit where she felt as though time had stopped and then she was flying! Freefall was a mad rush of sound and wind. “It was incredibly intense,” said Dariya. “Then there was a big jerk followed by peaceful quietness.” Dariya said she had absolute trust in her tandem master, Robbie. He made it possible for her to just relax and enjoy the whole experience. Her highlight was when he…

Adrenaline with a side of scenery

Of all the places to skydive, why Skydive Franz? The answer is simple – Skydive Franz is one of the most insane, exciting and beautiful drop zones in the world. Where else can you skydive over the Southern Alps, rainforests, two age old glaciers, lakes and a never ending coast line? It’s a one-stop-shot, an…

We’re excited to welcome our new Pacific Aerospace 750 XL to our team!

We’re thrilled to confirm the purchase of a PAC 750 XL aircraft. The PAC 750 is designed and manufactured by Pacific Aerospace in Hamilton and is the first plane in the world purpose-built for skydiving. With a load of up to 17 passengers the aircraft will enable us to double our daily capacity along New Zealand’s West Coast, with Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier businesses. Until now, INFLITE has used the Pilatus Porter PC-6 for skydiving. The addition of the PAC 750 will enable this aircraft to return home as the third Ski Plane at Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters. INFLITE Group acquired Skydive Franz Josef in 2018 and the business has performed strongly since then leading to a rapid expansion of skydive operations – initially with the purchase of Skydive Abel Tasman, then the establishment of Skydive…

Making Trax

Skydivefranz is excited to announce a partnership recently made with Making Trax!, this travel company is especially accommodating to persons with disabilities within the realm of adventure and tourism. Adventure Tourism is an extremely rewarding and rapidly changing industry, striving to meet a wide range of people of different cultures and abilities. Skydivefranz is fully embracing the education, information and adaptation around the opportunities Making Trax provide. This tourism company provides the link between the client and their adventurous desires! Making dreams come true everyday. When making a booking through this company for a Skydive with us, we will be happy to be informed of all necessary information and communicate this with our team to make our clients experience safe, fun and provide the Skydive of a lifetime! We had the pleasure of meeting with Ross Ormsby and Laurane Dufour, before their skydive with us. Ross has had the…

Free fallin’: The story of Stuart Bean, jumpmaster, pilot, family man, Skydive Abel Tasman founder

It was March 25, 1979, when Stuart Bean first threw himself out of an aeroplane at 3000 feet. The parachute on his back was known as a “cheapo” – a big, round, cumbersome piece of material that was deployed via a cord attached to the plane. Stuart was just 19. Skydiving was a relatively new…

5 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Skydive in New Zealand

When’s the best time to skydive in New Zealand? Anytime, of course. Skydiving is often seen as a summer activity, but every season – yes, even the middle of winter – offers a unique experience. Summer is the peak tourism season in the Nelson-Tasman region, so that’s generally the busiest time for Skydive Abel Tasman….

7 Best Places to Eat in Motueka After your Abel Tasman Skydive

Skydiving over the Abel Tasman is a feast for the senses. Spectacular sights of snow-capped mountains, golden beaches, and three national parks. The sound of the wind as you free-fall from 16,000 feet. The feeling of weightlessness as your parachute opens. The taste of adventure as you launch yourself into the unknown. All of the…

Our Epic Labour Weekend with Lift Off Abel Tasman!

Skydiving Abel Tasman had an epic Labour Weekend, hosting over 40 sports skydivers from around the world for the inaugural Lift Off Abel Tasman Festival. Over 10,000 people came along to Lift Off Abel Tasman which was hosted across two days, Saturday at the Motueka Aerodrome and Sunday at Kaiteriteri Beach where crowds were entertained with skydiving…

The World’s Most Exciting Job: A Day in the life of a Skydive Abel Tasman Tandem Master

Skydiving in New Zealand is something that everyone should do at least once. It’s an experience like no other, an unforgettable combination of fear, excitement, and accomplishment. But what drives someone to skydive for a job? To throw themselves out of planes and free fall 16,500 feet back down to earth over and over again?…

New Zealand Skydiving Bucket List Experience with Will

Whilst cruising around New Zealand with the awesome Flying Kiwi Tours, Will and Chantelle Tang did something that they never thought was on the cards for their kiwi adventure, they jumped out of a plane with us at 13,000 ft! “I’m totally afraid of heights, so I’m not sure how this is going to go…” Will expressed pre-jump. Skydiving was not on Chantelle’s bucket-list who put all her faith in her husband to plan their dream New Zealand trip. “I knew NZ was the adventure capital but no, I did not think I would be skydiving… I didn’t plan the trip,” Chantelle says laughing with Will. It wasn’t hard for to Chantelle to leave the planning to Will as he is a fairly seasoned traveller with an inspiring blog Going Awesome Places showcasing his epic adventures. Upon landing, Will & Chantelle were over…

72 Hours in the Abel Tasman

So you’re planning to visit the Abel Tasman, but you only have a few days up your sleeve? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with the local’s guide to making the most of your time in and around Abel Tasman National Park, the crown jewel of the Nelson-Tasman region. In 72 hours, you can…