Take to the skies and enjoy the unique environment of the Southern Alps of New Zealand with Glide Omarama, who offer personalised soaring adventures and gliding courses. Experience crystal clear air and stunning vistas as we introduce you to the sport of gliding with a trial flight in a modern high performance sailplane with a fully qualified instructor. Also offering courses for beginner, intermediate and experienced pilots who wish to extend their mountain cross country flying or who wish to improve their skills.
The ’30 Minute Trial Flight’ (the Valley Explorer) is a spectacular introduction to the sport of gliding and no experience is necessary. Suitable for ages 12 years and above this is a learning experience as you climb aboard and aero tow to the nearby mountains. Once you are released from the tow plane you are flying free as you soar around the stunning mountains and lakes of the Mackenzie country as well as Aoraki/Mount Cook and the great lakes and you are encouraged to take the controls and have a go. Suitable for both those who are looking for a smooth and gentle ride and for the more adventurous who can have the opportunity to include aerobatics. $355 NZ per person.
The ‘One Hour Trial Flight’ ( the Mountain Adventurer) is also a spectacular introduction to the sport of soaring gliders and is great value for money. Soar into the mountains that surround the Omarama basin and see for yourself why this fascinating alpine environment attracts gliders from around the world, take the controls and have a go experiencing the cross country potential of these extraordinary high performance sailplanes.$445 NZ per person.
‘Long Flights’ are more adventurous and can be made deep into the Southern Alps where you may fly north to Mount Cook and back, west past Lake Wanaka to Mount Aspiring and back or out to the east coast along the Kakanui Mountains encountering spectacular scenery with hands on instruction. On windy days flights over 500 km long and 20,000 feet n height can be made in Omarama’s extraordinary and famous atmospheric waves. $675 NZ per person for two hours and $240 NZ pro rata for each additional hour.