Your Epic Day With Us
Here is what you can expect when you choose to tandem skydive over the South Island of New Zealand with Skydive Abel Tasman.
Weather on the Day
If we anticipate any weather issues, we will call you at least an hour prior to your pickup or booking on the day of your skydive if not before. Don’t sweat the weather though – we can re-book you on the spot or issue a full refund if you can’t do another day.
Free Shuttle Pickup
If you have organised a shuttle, we’ll pick you up at your location of choice and bring you to our dropzone at Motueka Airport. The fun begins…
Welcome to the Dropzone!
We’ll be stoked to see you and very excited for you! First, we will introduce you to our friendly staff and get you to fill out a small form. You are now in skydiver mode!
View Our Intro Video
We will take you into our theatre and show you a video to give you a taste of tandem skydiving and our camera production. Then we will explain everything that will happen next, and answer any questions you may have.
Wait for your call
Chill time! Just relax and enjoy our free WIFI internet and enjoy parachute spotting from the ground!
Get Geared Up
When your turn comes (excitement mounts), you will get geared up into your jumpsuit, harness, hat and goggles. Super cool.
Meet Your Master
Now you meet your Tandem Master! It’s instruction time for your exit and freefall. It’s all very simple and straightforward. If you have a dedicated cameraperson, they will have a quick interview with you on the ground. Yes…it’s really happening!
Board the Plane
In the plane – the camaraderie really kicks in and any nerves soon turn to excitement. Enjoy the amazing view as your Tandem Master points out the incredible scenery you’re surrounded by. Your cameraperson will also be capturing photos in the plane. You’ll feel like a star! You are!
Once the door of the plane opens, you will feel and hear the rush of the wind. You will see other people exit the plane and your Tandem Master will move you to the door, all connected, and in a few seconds – you’ll be stepping off into an epic freefall experience! You won’t feel your tandem master on your back, you will feel as light as a feather – but rest assured he is there!
Freefall at 200kph!
Freefalling is amazing! You will experience a huge rush leaving the aircraft – but just as quickly notice that the sensation of the roaring wind below you actually cushions you as you travel speeds of 200kph (120mph). During freefall your cameraperson will be able to come close to you, possibly even hold your hands and capture your facial expressions as you freefall through one of the most beautiful skies on earth.
Float Through Paradise
Then wow – the rush turns to extraordinary peace when at approximately 5,000ft, your parachute opens, and you gently drift over the Abel Tasman with breathtakingly beautiful views of the mountains, rivers, and the ocean. At this point, you’ll either be stunned to silence or screaming for joy! It’s an indescribable feeling that you will never forget!
The Foolproof Landing
The awesome finale – a soft landing, and an immediate desire to get up there and do it all over again! At this point, what we really love is seeing people unable to wipe the smiles off their faces! This can last for a few days. If you have your cameraperson with you, they will be on the ground to film your landing as we return. Congratulate yourself! You’ve done it!
Write a message on your hands for your friends and family to show on camera. Great photo opportunity!
When it comes to deciding to throw yourself out of a perfectly good plane - it's only natural to have questions! Have a browse through our most frequently asked questions and it your question doesn't feature, drop us a line by clicking here.
IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT?
Yes, there is a weight limit of 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone for every tandem passenger.
WHAT IS OUR REFUND POLICY?
We are lucky to be in one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand. Don’t worry about the weather. We will make a weather call an hour prior to your booking and if we cancel due to weather you will get a FULL REFUND if you are not able to reschedule your jump.
Please choose carefully, as we do not refund if you change your mind. If the goods are faulty we will meet our obligations under the Consumer Guarantees Act to provide a remedy.
You must notify us at least 12 hours prior to your booking time to be eligible for a refund.
- Please purchase carefully, the purchase of a voucher signifies that a contract has been entered into by both parties to provide the service or product stated on the voucher only up until and including the expiry date stated on the voucher.
- Vouchers are transferable but are not refundable except with prior notification for an acceptable valid reason.
- Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash.
- Valid reasons for cancellation and refund include:
- Medical disablement
- Compassionate circumstances
- Skydive Abel Tasman discretion on safety grounds
Note: To qualify for a medical or compassionate refund the candidate must advise Skydive Abel Tasman Limited by email, email@example.com of the reasons for wanting a refund prior to the voucher expiry date
HOW LONG WILL THE EXPERIENCE TAKE?
We suggest allowing 1.5‐3 hours for the experience however sometimes it can take longer. This can depend on our busy summer season, large groups and the weather. If you are on a schedule, please let us know and we can advise you.
CAN I BRING PEOPLE WITH ME?
Absolutely! We love people‐the more the merrier. We have seating and tables available and you are welcome to bring snacks or lunch. If this is a special occasion, please let us know. For our courtesy shuttle, please check on availability as we have a limited number of seats.
CAN I TAKE A GOPRO WITH ME?
Unfortunately at this stage it is not possible for tandem passenger to take a GoPro or any other recording devices on a tandem skydive. It is a company safety policy that is incorporated in our exposition that is required by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
Parental or guardian consent is required for anyone under 18. Children under 12 should be evaluated on an individual basis. We encourage people of all ages.
WHAT IF I WEAR CONTACTS OR GLASSES OR HAVE FALSE TEETH?
You will be fine keeping your contacts and glasses on. We let you determine whether or not to remove false teeth. People do scream for joy a lot.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Comfortable clothing for the season and shoes that won’t fall off.
CAN I EAT BEFOREHAND?
In general, it is better to have something in your stomach and eat beforehand. However some people may be susceptible to stomach upset and/or motion sickness from all the excitement.
WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?
We'll make a weather call an hour before the event and notify you of any delays or cancellations. We may delay due to wind altitude, wind on the ground, heavy cloud or rain.
CAN I USE YOUR SHUTTLE SERVICE?
Absolutely! Our free courtesy van is available from Nelson through to Kaiteriteri and Marahau according to booking times. Please check with us for pick‐up times and locations.
WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE?
Just arrive at your booking time.
WHERE DO WE LAND?
You will land in front of our building. The landings are generally very soft.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO SKYDIVE?
It is always a good time to skydive! The light is different in the morning and afternoon or evening - but it's all good. We are open every day of the year except Christmas Day, weather permitting.
WILL I DIE?
Yes one day you will. But not up here. There is as much chance of that as being run over by 3 buses in a row. Our 5 star record for safety is the highest around.