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Trial Instructional Glider flight - 30 minute flight -The Foothills and Mountains

Ever wanted to soar like a bird? Now is your chance and it’s available only 40 minutes from Christchurch International airport!


Canterbury Gliding Club is based at the foothills of the Southern Alps in a perfect location for soaring. We are also close to the Inland Scenic Route Highway 72, if you are heading off down south afterwards. Refer to Map.

One of our experienced instructors will take you on a trial instructional flight, during which time you will be soaring above local mountains, rivers and lakes.

Your instructor will also encourage you to take control and have a go yourself.

You will receive a full briefing about the glider, its controls and basic instruments before climbing on board and aero towing to the local mountains.

You also get to sit in the front seat to get an uninterrupted view.

Your instructor will tell you how we glider pilots search for lift to stay air borne.

You will get fantastic views of the Southern Alps and Canterbury foothills.

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.

Per Person $350.00


  • Allow approximately 1 hour duration for the whole experience

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.

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Hui from New Zealand wrote on 28 November 2017

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Amazing Experience

Did this as my boyfriends birthday surprise. Amazing flight. Thank you very much. ^ ^

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Ng.A from Hong Kong wrote on 21 February 2018

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Awesome Gliding Experience

Upon arrival, I was greeted by the friendly staff there who all had a great passion for gliding. The safety aspects and how the trial flight would be conducted were all explained to me in great detail and in a clear and simple way as well. My instructor was enthusiastic and thorough in teaching me the basic principles of flying the glider - I was allowed as much hands-on time as the conditions permitted. He also took time to highlight the beautiful scenery we saw airborne. Overall, an experience not to be missed for both the joy and freedom of gliding and the scenery!

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Steve G from Australia wrote on 17 January 2018

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Nestled in the foothills, CGC is a brilliant site for gliding. Professional and friendly members make the experience enjoyable and instructive. Thanks to all, we will return.WOW. Do IT.

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Stephen Gooch from New Zealand wrote on 05 January 2018

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One of the best things we have EVER done

THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND! This experience was awesome. I was totally speechless the whole flight (which has never happened before). The guys attention to detail and safety was first rate and this made us so relaxed about the whole adventure. We had to cancel once because of bad weather, but were immediately offered alternative dates. This has to be the ultimate way to experience the Southern Alps. Stupendous views, tranquility beyond description and the friendliest guys who ooze knowledge of gliding and a passion for making this experience one you will never forget.

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Janette West from New Zealand wrote on 21 May 2018

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Cancelled due to bad weather

But hoping to rebook very soon :-)

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