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Glider Flight - Christchurch Mountains and Plains

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Experience a breath-taking glider flight over the stunning 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 have 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 $485.00


  • 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.

    Passengers must be able to understand and speak English to board this flight.

    Trial flights are available for NZ permanent residents or citizens only.


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

  • Will the flight go ahead?

    If you do not hear from anyone on the day of your flight head on out to the airfield. The duty instructorwill only call you on the day of the flight if it needs to be cancelled or the time needs to be adjusted on that day. Decisions regardingflying or not flying are made on the day of the flight so there is no need to call us prior to this. Thank you

    If your flight does not proceed at the time and on the date you have booked we will refund your booking so that you can book again at another available time.

Available Bookings from 21 Jun to 4 Jul 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Per Person$290.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$290.00 Less than 6 at this price!

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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Jason Steward from New Zealand wrote on 04 July 2022

Canterbury Glider flight

Amazing experience Wonderful people, enthusiastic about what they do and happy to share their knowledge and passion. Such incredible views over the Canterbury plains and mountain ranges.

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Jason and good to meet you yesterday. A perfect day to experience our sport of gliding.

solomont from New Zealand wrote on 24 January 2023

Best day ever

Almost had to postpone due to the weather but glad the weather cleared enough because what a blast of a day. This club has the most tranquil and well-placed location for its operations. There's a friendly choc labrador to say hi to you when you arrive and my instructor John was ever the hospitable host. I got to explore everything that caught my curiosity, the tug plane, the control room, the glider shed, and of course the gliders. The club members were more than informative when I asked about things and were easy to talk to. You could easily tell there was a wealth of knowledge there that they loved sharing with others when asked. Not only did John my instructor give me the best comprehensive flight experience from A - Z, but he went above and beyond when I returned from my flight a bit earlier than planned and said "I think we need to go again and get your money's worth" So that's exactly what we did :D This is a man who put the customer first and understands why he does what he does, and because of that, I'll definitely be back for sure. (Hopefully with some friends to share the day with) Find memories forever will they be

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Sam Steele from New Zealand wrote on 13 December 2022


Amazing Would do it again without any hesitation

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jennyp9 from New Zealand wrote on 06 August 2022

Glider Flight

Would highly recommend. Absolutely amazing experience! Look forwards to doing it again.

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Graham Potts from United Kingdom wrote on 28 March 2019

Cancelled Due To High Winds


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