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