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Glider Flight - Christchurch Mountains and Plains

Experience a breath-taking glider flight over the stunning Christchurch Mountains and Plains!


  • Experience the thrill of flying a glider with a professional instructor by your side!
  • Incredible views over the Southern Alps and Canterbury foothills
  • Get an aero-tow to 4000 feet above ground

Located 40 minutes from Christchurch International Airport, Canterbury Gliding Club is based in the foothills of the Southern Alps, in a perfect location for soaring!

Soar above local mountains, rivers and lakes as your experienced instructor takes you on this trial instructional flight. Take control and gave a go at gliding by yourself, with the instructor there to encourage you!

This experience includes a full briefing about the glider, its controls and basic instruments before climbing on board and aero-towing to the local mountains. Learn how to search for lift to stay airborne and enjoy fantastic sights of the Southern Alps and Canterbury foothills with your seat up font with an uninterrupted view.

There may be on opportunity to extend the flight, depending on conditions, just talk to your instructor. It will be a truly unforgettable experience and our aim is to spark your interest in this amazing sport.

We have a great club and some very experienced pilots, several of whom hold current world and New Zealand records. You may have heard of Richie McCaw or seen the fabulous New Zealand movie Chasing Great with the stunning gliding clips and a bit of rugby in it also? Well Richie is a member of our club. We can’t promise he will be out there when you are, but you never know!

Also watch the video above, it is Richie’s cousin Alex McCaw doing what he loves!

“Fly with an instructor to try viewing the world from a gliding club perspective”


Per Person $395.00


  • Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience


  • Swamp Road, Springfield 7580


  • Maximum age is 75 years old - fit and healthy.

    The maximum weight of passengers for Trial Flights cannot exceed 105kg.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • No refunds are available for cancellations by the customer within 48hrs of the booked Trial Instructional Flight time.

Available Bookings from January 22 to January 28

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  • Per Person$395.00

  • Per Person$395.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Steve Wilson from New Zealand wrote on 14 March 2021

Glider Flight

This was a birthday present for our son, and what an amazing experience, well worth it. The team at the Canterbury Gliding Club looked after us very well. The knowledge, skill, passion and enthusiasm was evident from everyone. John, the pilot was great. Our family thoroughly recommend this experience.

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fionat5 from New Zealand wrote on 14 February 2021

Awesome flight

While it took a few attempts to get the flight due to weather it was worth the wait Fantastic views great set guys who take you up and give you the controls Would do again ?

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Gary Monk from New Zealand wrote on 26 July 2020

Gliding with stupendous Canterbury views

A great time experiencing my first glider flight with Warwick the instructor making it a safe and enjoyable experience.

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From Glider Flight - Christchurch Mountains and Plains

Gary hi Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we are very please you enjoyed the trial instructional flight with Warwick, Regards Neil Walker Canterbury Gliding Club

Walter from New Zealand wrote on 20 July 2020

The best birthday present ever!!!

The clouds opened up in time to give a glorious break for my trip up with the glider. John was a wonderful instructor and it was exhilarating and peaceful at the same time. The scenery was stunning, the gliding more than memorable and the cherry on top was the opportunity to try my hand at gliding under the watchful eyes of John McCaw. I highly recommend treating yourself to a gliding opportunity and if you're lucky you will get Jon as your instructor~! Jackie

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Walter hi Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we are very please you enjoyed the trial instructional flight with John, Regards Neil Walker Canterbury Gliding Club

Lubos from Czech Republic wrote on 15 March 2020


Very nice people in the club, old glider but lucky with the weather and enjoy the views, it needs to be longer next time:-)

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