ONE OF A KIND
EXPERIENCE

Watch the world’s first hot air balloon night glow on the beach at stunning Kaiteriteri, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, and witness a New Zealand-record skydive at Motueka Airport.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20
DAY 1

GOOD VIBES IN THE SKY
MOTUEKA AIRPORT
GATES OPEN 3PM
FREE ENTRY

SKYDIVING | FLIGHTS | AIRCRAFT VIEWING | HOT AIR BALLOON | NIGHT GLOW | FIREWORKS | FOOD & DRINK | LIVE MUSIC

Turn your eyes to the sky to witness incredible sports skydiving formations and a New Zealand record “HALO jump” from 25,000 feet. Enjoy scenic flights, trial flights (where you get to fly the plane), and aircraft viewings at the airport.

The balloon night glow spectacle kicks off at 8pm, followed by a fireworks display presented by Skydive Abel Tasman. End the night on the right note with live music and dancing with an on-site bar.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY

Lift Off Abel Tasman is giving back to the community by donating 100% of profits from the event to local groups and projects. By joining in the festivities, you’ll also be contributing to a better Motueka and Nelson Tasman region.

SUNDAY  OCTOBER 21
DAY 2

BALLOONS ON THE BEACH
KAITERITERI
GATES OPEN 3PM
FREE ENTRY

HOT AIR BALLOON | NIGHT GLOW | SKYDIVING | SUNSET ISLAND CRUISES | FOOD & DRINK | ARTS & CRAFTS | LIVE MUSIC | BEACH PARTY

The second day of Lift Off Abel Tasman is all about the beach. From 4pm, skydivers will land on the golden sands of Kaiteriteri, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. There will be live music, food stalls and a craft market

Fully-catered sunset boat cruises to Adele Island wildlife sanctuary can be booked in advance. These cruises will culminate in the bay in time to watch the world’s first balloon night glow on the beach. The festival will close with live music and dancing on one of New Zealand’s most picturesque coastlines.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please do not drive to Kaiteriteri. There will be carparking spaces available in Riwaka and Marahau with regular shuttle buses to Kaiteriteri. Pre-bookings will be essential, more information to follow.

THE LIFT OFF STORY


Lift Off Abel Tasman
is an exciting new event for the top of the South Island that celebrates the stunning scenery and adventurous spirit of the Nelson-Tasman region. The event was founded by local entrepreneur Carsten Buschkuhle, who has extensive experience with large-scale balloon events in Germany. Lift Off Abel Tasman is about bringing the community together for a weekend of family-friendly fun, festivities, and aerial action. It also marks the start of the visitor season and positions Motueka as an adventure aviation hub of New Zealand. We want to establish Lift Off Abel Tasman as an annual Labour Weekend event that attracts domestic and international visitors to the region to experience the many wonders it has to offer. The event has strong support from local businesses, tourism operators, and the community. We’re excited to deliver a world-class aviation and balloon festival that will be unlike any other in New Zealand.

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Thank you to all of the businesses that are helping to make Lift Off Abel Tasman possible.

We are extremely grateful for your support.

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