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Guts & Glory
Double the action, double the fun! Why not complete your Abel Tasman adventure with a 16.500ft skydive over paradise??
If you seriously think that an exciting full day of jumping, sliding, abseiling and ziplining your way down the pristine Torrent River canyon in the Abel Tasman National Park is not enough action for one day then you are hereby challenged to board a plane, head up to 16,500ft, and leap out of it!
This ultimate combo is every self respecting adrenaline junkies’ dream.
WARNING: HIGH CHANCE OF OVERDOSING ON ADRENALIN AND FUN. ADRENALIN JUNKIES ONLY.
Location: Abel Tasman National Park – Start at Marahau
Access: Water taxi
Meet: Aqua Taxi base in Marahau
Free pick up: Motueka, Riwaka, Kaiteriteri, Marahau
Nelson transport: $25 pp one way
duration: One or two days
Skydive: After your canyoning trip you will either drive or get driven from Marahau to Skydive Abel Tasman in Motueka for a 16,500ft skydive. Note: depending on the time of year and / or conditions, your skydive might be scheduled for another day.
Included: Professional guides, gear, delicious lunch, snacks and drinks, Torrent River canyoning trip, photos and videos of your canyoning adventure, two-way water taxi fare between Marahau and Anchorage, transport and a 16,500ft skydive.
Minimum age: 12
MAX weight for skydiving: 100 Kg
You need: Swimwear, towel and closed toed shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, light weight clothes for water taxi, walk in and canyoning trip. Comfortable clothes and shoes that don’t fall off for skydiving.
Season: 1 October – 30 April
Torrent River Canyon rating
Two-way water taxi
Delicious lunch, snacks and drinks
Free photos and videos of your canyoning trip
From Marahau you’ll join us on an exhilarating water taxi ride through the Astrolabe Roadstead into Anchorage. You then leave the golden sand beaches of the coast for a stunning 1.5 hour walk up and further into the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way the guides will keep you entertained with endless amounts of stories about the history, culture, flora and fauna of the park. Delicious lunch is served before the action starts. At the top of the canyon you’ll jump into your rubber suit, crank your harness tight and pop your helmet on. After a clear safety briefing by the guides you enter the truly remote environment of the canyon. You’ll be jumping, sliding, abseiling, scrambling, floating and ziplining through this canyon for about 3.5 hours. The trip finishes with a royal slide into Cleopetras Pool…From the pool it is a 30 minute stroll along the river and the beach back to Anchorage where your water taxi awaits to zip you back to Marahau.
Jumping from 16,500ft you will enjoy a 20 min scenic flight, up to 70 seconds of freefall and then 3-5 min under the parachute.
The freefall begins as you exit the plane. You will experience the rush of leaving the aircraft in flight and feel the wind as you travel at speeds of 200kph (120mph) until your parachute opens. Hanging under the canopy you’ll experience the contrasting quietness of the parachute flight and the sheer joy of floating over paradise as you take in the views over both islands, turquoise seas, beaches and mountains of three national parks. Professional instructors bring you safely and lightly to the ground right in front of the drop zone – you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face all day!
Read all about it: Our very own Kirsty took one for the team to find out if it possible to overdose on adrenaline by combining canyoning in the Abel Tasman with an epic skydive.
Sit back and watch the video
“Torrent River Awesomeness!”
Definitely an amazing, must-do activity in NZ! Witnessing Abel Tasman wilderness during an action-packed and exciting descent down a beautiful canyon, along with wonderful guides, tonnes of adrenalin and adventure along the way… highly recommend it!