Ok, but where’s the real ADVENTURE start…

OK after this mornings post, I’ve been accused by a few of pandering to baby boomers and having people question me by email if there is any real adventure sports to be had at all in the Nelson / Tasman region. Actually its kind of neat to hear your feedback so quick. So I thought I’d better react just as quick and decided that it was an opportune time to pass these on ….


Skydive Abel Tasman (formerly known as Skydive Nelson) is a tightknit New Zealand skydiving team that has set the standard for Tandem Skydiving and Skydive Training worldwide.

Since starting in 1991,  you’re in good hands with NZ’s most experienced skydivers Stuart Bean (15,000 jumps) and Anthony Oakly (14,000 jumps) and their friendly expert Kiwi team. There team have established a professional skydive operation, focusing on safety, dedicated expert multi-skilled staff, state-of-the-art parachuting equipment and warm and friendly customer service.

Skydive Abel Tasman offers Tandem Skydiving from 9,000ft to 13,000 for first time jumpers, Accelerated Freefall Training (AFF) for student jumpers and a very welcoming approach towards sport jumpers. SkydiveAbel Tasman also hosts the biggest annual skydive event in New Zealand – the Good Vibes Boogie, usually held in August.

For speedy and comfortable ascends to altitude, the company operates a turbine Fletcher Aircraft. Rankers liked this too – 94% rating.

Stunt Plane Flying

Pilot a stunt plane YOURSELF in the only open cockpit Pitts Special in New Zealand. Have a go at flying a Pitts Special, open cockpit Stunt plane, over the stunning Abel Tasman National Park coastline. No previous experience needed. Fly with an experienced instructor.

The operators say…”We cater to everyone from those who’ve never flown anything before, to fully qualified pilots, who just want to get their hands on a Pitts Special, and try some more “edge of the envelope” flying.”

This is more than fun! Check out this video about it on YouTube. Rankers also loved this one too, 99% rating.

Hang  Gliding

Hill launched Tandem Hang Gliding flights, Tasman Bay offers some of New Zealand’s best soaring sites with heights greater than 2,000ft (650 meters) above landing offered at Takaka Hill and Barnicote Range.

These flights offer the greatest opportunity for sustained soaring flight and maximum flying time as well as to gain tuition and development of soaring skills. Operated by Hang Gliding NZ. Flight Duration: Approximate time in the air is from 15 – 20 minutes. Soaring conditions will extend time aloft depending on time availibility and passenger comfort.

100km/hr Flying Fox

Only 15-20 minutes drive from downtown Nelson you can ride Skywire – the world’s longest flying-fox ride, soaring high above the forest at speeds up to 100km/h. Your ride lasts for 3.2km.  Check it out here at Youtube.

Para Gliding I – the closest to town adventure

I’ve actually just been watching these guys this afternoon, beautiful sunny early summer day in Nelson today, about 20-22 C but it felt just right. Cumulus Tandems operate the flights here, just behind my home.

Barnicoat is the gem in the crown of Nelson’s free flying scene. It is located 600m above Stoke with stunning views overlooking Nelson bays to the world famous Abel Tasman National Park.
The launch, a gently sloping six hectare, grass-clad hill provides us with a safe and beautiful backdrop for paragliding, hang gliding and your tandem flight.

When conditions allow, you will enter the lift and climb skyward towards the clouds and discover why birds sing. Average flights last from 20 minutes to 30 minutes. For the more adventurous, and at your request, we can increase your heart rate by adding some G’s to your flight for an unforgettable experience.

Para Gliding II

Nelson is one of the best paragliding regions in New Zealand, we’ve got 5 cross-country flying sites, excellent training hills and ideal flying conditions. Nelson Paragliding offers paragliding-training courses, from introduction days through to advanced qualifications, and tandem flights.

Students can experience both ridge soaring and thermal flying whilst training. The daily afternoon sea breeze creates a reliable training environment and optimises the airtime available to students and recreational pilots.

Nelson Paragliding offer training as a paraglider pilot or just enjoy the view in a tandem flight. Operation is 7 days a week, weather permitting. Again it’s off to Youtube for yet another sample.

And finish the day off with a bit of light entertainment. Now that should keep you busy for a couple of days.