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Classic Flights

Spitfire Lane | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
+64 3 4434043
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Ranked #4 of 48 activities in Wanaka
Owner description: Vintage Tiger Moth Scenic Flights with Classic Flights Wanaka, New Zealand. Have you ever dreamed of experiencing a piece of aviation history? To step... more » Owner description: Vintage Tiger Moth Scenic Flights with Classic Flights Wanaka, New Zealand. Have you ever dreamed of experiencing a piece of aviation history? To step back in time where Pilots were larger than life, and heroes to all those who lifted their eyes skyward to the sound of an old Tigermoth flying overhead? Then take a flightseeing trip around Wanaka and see breathtaking New Zealand scenery in a Vintage Aircraft. Experience the excitement of the early flyers and their flying machines; the smell of oil and aviation fuel, combined with the aroma of fresh leather. As you don the old-style leather flying helmet, complete with flying goggles and silk scarf, experience the anticipation of being taken back in time to the nostalgia of this by-gone era.The exhilaration of the open cockpit and the wind in your face - discover the freedom and romance of a vintage scenic flight from Wanaka, one of the most spectacular scenic locations in New Zealand. « less
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I decided to treat myself on our trip - wow, wow and wow! The staff were amazing, the aeroplanes just stunning! I love World War 2 history - I have now sat in the seat used by some of my heroes. I cannot emphasise how breathtaking it was...highly recommended!

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Thanks Phil. Its quite thought provoking isn't it when you sit in the seat of the Tigermoths and close your eyes and imagine just what life must have been like in this bygone era. Thanks for experiencing a piece of nostalgia with us and hope to see you again someday. More

Ottawa, Canada
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120 reviews 120 reviews
21 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I have spent 42 years of my life flying and 37 professionally. Last year I went out for the Barnstormer flight and enjoyed it so much I came back again for another flight. When you go through the front door of the office the first hing you notice is how clean the establishment is which speaks volumes of the professionalism... More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Bill, was so great to see you again and the fact you enjoyed it just as much the second time was such a compliment - by the sounds of it we may just be seeing you again in another few years too!! Thanks for the great comments about the business. We are truly passionate about what we do and when... More

Chongqing, China
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Tiger Moth biplane rides were an absolute blast! The planes were beautiful, weather perfect, the flight suits, jackets, helmet - all felt authentic for the occasion. The 20 minute ride over Lake Wanaka was spectacular and once in a lifetime. The two of us flew side-by-side, providing great photo ops. Even the grass landing strip was just right. The... More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments Peter. Getting 2 tiger moths out flying together is just an awesome experience. May they continue to grace our skies for many years to come yet! More

York, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I took the 30 minute "Ultimate Barnstormer" with Peter in February 2014 in a 1940s Tigermoth, which consisted of a flight over Lake Wanaka followed by some acrobatics: A roll, loop the loop and slow spin. I've never experienced anything like this before and can't recommend it enough! Calm, peaceful and beautiful, then utterly terrifying and exhilerating - only during... More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Simon, it was great to meet you and take you flying. I agree, going from an almost hypnotic state to a gentle roller coaster gives you the opportunity to experience a bit of everything. When you've had a flight in a tigermoth you really appreciate the true meaning of flight. No computer buttons to push on these old girls!! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

From the booking process to taking the flight in the Waco this was absolutely seamless and we could not find fault if we tried. The beauty of the landscape, the feeling of travelling back in time and Peter, our pilot, made this the highlight of our recent trip to New Zealand. When we return, we will be back, thank you!

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. The Waco is our "new baby". She is the only one of her kind in New Zealand and is just a stunning bi-plane. To sit together in this gorgeous aircraft from the 1930s AND over some of the most beautiful scenery in NZ ... it just doesn't get any better! More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

An absolutely brilliant experience. Pete, our pilot was excellent. Attentive in the preparations we had total faith in the safety side of things and the attention to other details - like taking a photo in the leather flying jacket beside the plane and ensuring we were comfortable and at ease. The actual flight was great and, unless like me you... More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Thanks guys. So pleased you not only enjoyed the flight, but the touches of history we have for our customers to enjoy in the hangar as well. One day, Peter will stop collecting (I live in hope!!) More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

Classic flight in a Tiger Moth with acrobatics.I would have happily done the whole thing again.Thanks a million

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

The tigers are addictive, thats for sure! So pleased you enjoyed your flight experience with us. The aerobatics are very graceful and so much fun for the adventurous at heart. More

Hamilton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

My husband decided on our honeymoon to do a tiger moth flight. The operators were very helpful. We rang the night before and Peter went out of his way to fit my husband in earlier for a flight as we had limited time. We were made very welcome and my husband loved the flight, and he was even given a... More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. So pleased you took the opportunity to pick up the phone and book to come flying with us. A tigermoth flight is hard to describe until you've actually done it. Peter is determined to still be flying these "old girls" when they are 100 years old in 2040. He'll be 80yrs old by then, so Im... More

Dunedin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

If you do nothing else in Wanaka, take the time to enjoy what Classic Flights has to offer. "The Ultimate Barnstormer" complete with some aerobatics above Wanaka's stunning scenery is a thrill not to be missed. From start to finish, complete with full period dress, an open cockpit educational, professional experience.

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review our Ultimate Barnstormer experience. We think from the air is the BEST way to see Wanaka. You don't seem much of the lake from the township but when you take to the skies you can see just how large (45km long) the lake actually is, and also just how beautiful. To fly in... More

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

travelled around New Zealand , two weeks in the North Island two weeks in the South Island the best was the classic flight in a vintage DH82 TIGER MOTH this is a must loved every min of the flight ,felt like the red barron there is nothing like open air flight its an experience of freedom and romance love it

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Terry. We enjoyed meeting both you and Alan - you left quite an impression on us yourselves… it was so much fun taking you flying!!! Hope to see you back one day. More

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