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The World’s First Skydive on Google Streetview


Skydive Abel Tasman has taken part in the world’s first skydiving street view, with the help of photographer Alex Mather.

Skydive Abel Tasman received a call from a London based Google Street View Photographer on holiday in New Zealand. He proposed creating the world’s first Skydive Experience on Google Street View. A quick phone call to Skydive Abel Tasman CEO Stuart Bean on holiday in NYC and we were good to go. We bought him a plane ticket and it was game on.

Upon arrival we went through the motions of a standard business Google Street View shoot, taking you all the way through the experience before the REAL experience.

Take a look inside our drop zone HERE

Next came the fun part, mounting a 1.5kg- 6 GoPro pano ball to the top of our Operations and Safety Manager Kevin’s Camera helmet. Our Front of House Manager Natacha popped in for the day while on maternity leave to help us fit the camera and model for this sweet picture.

Then it was go time. Kevin put on the helmet climbed in the plane.

We jumped the rig on a head mount and the results are amazing. If you have google cardboard or another VR viewer try it on that!

We decided to try a different angle by bolting two GoPro chest mounts together, one upside down, and attached the rig like a full safety harness.

If you want to see what it’s like to look and jump out of the door of our plane, check out the finished Skydive Street View experience link HERE. You can double tap out the door of the plane and actually get to experience the EPIC views we get everyday at Skydive Abel Tasman.

After the week of filming ended the week of editing began, with a launch date of January 1st. Some long nights in the edit room and it was a wrap. We prepared the press kit and published. If you want to see more check out this video about the project.

Skydive Abel Tasman would like to thank Alex Mather, Bare Kiwi, GoPro and of course Google Streetview!

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