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Glide Omarama

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Soar like an Eagle through the Mountains! Trial Flights are 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours long. For the Ultimate Experience you can fly for a whole day! No previous experience is required. Book Online. For nearly 30 years, as well as Trial Flights...more
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Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Amazing experience, even though I felt sick at the end, the pilot Daniel was very professional and I felt well taken care of a 100% of the time. Will recommend to everyone! Chur!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank montpellier2
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Glad you enjoyed the experience! Travel sickness tablets will often settle any tendency to feel air sick. We recommend them two hours prior if you are not sure. Thanks for the nice review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never flown in a glider before but this 30min flight with such amazing scenery was absolutely fantastic. Great instruction and opportunity to view Mt Cook in the distance and pretty cool to soar to around 2000ft with not to many thermals to catch. Highly recommended...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CobraDrive12
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Yep, we think flying Gliders is about as much fun that you can have in the air and keep you clothes on! Glad you enjoyed the flight. Come back next time and fly right up to, around and over Mount Cook - or even Learn...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic experience that I have had in the beautiful sky of NZ! Different from skydive, you can enjoy the stunning views up to the sky gracefully. Much appreciated that you can bring along with your own cameras while you are flying!!! (Just need to make...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lucilleleung
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The scenery from above Omarama and into the mountains is certainly stunning. Glad you enjoyed the opportunity to take in views and that you think "Gliding is the activity you cant miss in NZ!!!" Thanks for the nice review.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a non-current glider pilot from Canada. I haven't flown for 10 years or so and only ever flown in thermal conditions over flat land. I was very fortunate, with Glide Omarama's cooperation, to be able to choose a day with possible wave conditions...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Stuart M
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Stuart, Omarama is Gliding's Mecca, perhaps the best place for flying gliders in the mountains anywhere in the world. The weather is good enough to operate 6 out of 7 days a week, the mountains spectacular, the air so clear and the soaring conditions,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I each went for a flight and it was amazing! The most fun, and definitely a special treat for us! Gliding is something you must experience and these guys are top notch! Great pilots and friendly service! Highly recommend! A hidden gem...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AlaskaChick77
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We do our best to give everybody a great flight whatever the weather conditions (except of course when its unsafe to fly) and our glider instructors are highly skilled at this. So every one has fun! Glad you had such a great time and thanks...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As part of my aviation adventure vacation in NZ, I was strongly advised to visit Omarama and have a mountain gliding trial flight. I had experience of flying aircrafts with engines but I have never tried a glider before. It's one thing that you have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gabriella G
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I agree with you, glider pilots do have very special flying skills. Glider pilots have learned to read and react to the weather in a way that enables them to extract energy from the atmosphere and to fly to many beautiful and sometimes far away...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you don't glide this is an experience you should not pass up. It is a very professional set up and the scenery is amazing. You do need some level of mobility to get in and out of the glider and there are weight...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ParcyWiltshire
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glide Omarama has been operating at Omarama for 21 years. We have 11 gliders and 12 pilots and we teach folk to fly as well as take lots of visitors on Trial Flights. Touch wood, we have never had a Trial Flight accident. So yes,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went gliding today for over an hour. Beautiful views and well located for catching the thermal winds .Highly recommend.Excellent cafe in the grounds .We also saw them accommodate a gentleman who was disabled but familiar with flying.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank collette d
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Collette, The gentleman you mentioned said that his glider Flight was the greatest experience of his life since being disabled by a motor bike accident 35 years ago! Such is the wonder of free flight! Glad you also enjoyed our unique Omarama experience.

Reviewed February 7, 2019

Do not make the mistake of not enjoying a glider flight at Omarama .The experience is something to remember for a lifetime.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Julie S
GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2019

Thanks Julie, Today I flew to Mount Cook and back (again). You are right! After a lifetime of such flights a glider flight is still something to remember even for me!

Reviewed February 6, 2019 via mobile

I had a fantastic flight with Norbert. We saw many beautiful mountains, lakes, and valleys. I felt safe. And I learned a lot about gliding (I never did it before). I’d recommend it!More

Date of experience: February 2019
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2019

Hi Ben, Did you know that Norbert is one of the top glider pilots in the World? Last year he was sixth in the World Championships! Glad you enjoyed our mountains. The Southern Alps certainly is the most beautiful place to fly in a Glider...More

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Chris W
January 13, 2017|
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Response from GavinWills | Property representative |
Hi Garth, We can lift your wife into the glider no problem and can arrange two gliders to fly at the same time. It a good idea to stay a couple of nights in Omarama to pick the best soaring conditions. To book please go... More
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happytraveller523
August 28, 2016|
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Response from GavinWills | Property representative |
Yes it gets full in the summer as we only fly between 10 and 20 people each day. Book your flight in advance and then ring us a day or two ahead to check the weather. We do juggle bookings around the weather at the last... More
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PandENZ
June 20, 2016|
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Good Question. Flight times are approximately the time in the air which does include the towing time. A typical flight will have 3 to 6 minutes on tow and the total time maybe plus or minus 10% depending on the soaring... More
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