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Papawai Taster - Immersive Glider Flight Programme!

Take to the skies and experience the exhilaration of flying a glider, with an expert instructor on-board!

Take to the skies and experience the exhilaration of flying a glider, with an expert instructor on-board!


  • Jump in a glider plane with an expert, personal, instructor and take to the skies!
  • Our state of the art Skylaunch winch reaches 2000ft in about a minute!
  • Up to 20 minutes of flight time, or 2 launches!
  • Soar over beautiful countryside and experience flying yourself, as you take over the controls

Ever wanted to fly a plane?? It's time to turn your dreams into a reality at the Wellington Wairarapa Gliding Club!

No experience? No problem! Introduce yourself, your friends, and your family to the epic sport of gliding, as you take to the skies via a state-of-the-art winch, with your expert instructor.

You'll be fully prepared and briefed before even jumping into the plane. Our safety-conscious team of experts, will show you the airfield and give you the entire rundown - including a full instructional briefing about the glider, its controls, and basic instruments!

Once you feel comfortable and prepared, you'll be launched into the sky with your instructor - reaching an amazing 2,000ft in only a minute or so! As your instructor soars the winch, you'll soak up unobstructed views of the beautiful countryside below from your front-row seat. When you're ready, your instructor will let you take the controls and experience the thrill of flying the plane yourself! You will receive One flight with an average flight time of 10mins.

Per Person $190.00

What's included

  • One flight with an average flight time of 10mins
  • Expert pilot on-board
  • Full instructional safety briefing
  • Flight Certificate and training record


  • Allow approximately 3 hours 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.



  • 14 years and over. A weight limit minimum of 45kg and a maximum of 110 kg applies per person. Please note for safety reasons this is not suitable for those with Epilepsy.

    Location: Greytown Soaring Centre, 76 Tilsons Road, Papawai, Greytown.

Available Bookings from 14 Jun to 27 Jun 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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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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David Savage from New Zealand wrote on 19 January 2024

an interesting experience

Very easy to book online, everyone was very helpful, enjoyed the experience

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James Webb from New Zealand wrote on 03 January 2024

Very Friendly

Really nice atmosphere at the gliding club, made my wife feel very welcome. Enjoyable day, thank you very much.

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reghardtr from New Zealand wrote on 12 December 2022


It was a surprise for my wife and she absolutely enjoyed it. It was two day's ago and she is still talking about it. Highly recommend. Everbody there including the instructors are awsome. The day was beautiful. Even the clouds gave us a display.Had a blast.

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Thanks very much for your review, we're glad she had a good time!

Charlene Elliott from New Zealand wrote on 11 April 2021

Amazing experience

An amazing bunch of people operating this. My father and 10 year old daughter gave it a go and loved it. Will definitely go back for another round.

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duncanj from Australia wrote on 05 February 2020

An absolute thrill with an amazing team

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Greytown Soaring Centre doing my instructional gliding experience and would strongly recommend this to anyone. It was simply fantastic. The team were amazing in every way and they all made it such a memorable experience. My instructor James was great and I will probably do it again sometime in the future. So much fun!!

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