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Glide Omarama

Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
+64 3-438 9555
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Best hour of my life!

This is an amazing experience!! I did it with my dad instead of a skydive since I’ve already done... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alice H
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Great First Flight

The instructor was very informative and the staff were excellent. The experience was fantastic and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Simon H
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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. For nearly 30 years, as well as Trial Flights, we have introduced thousands of new-comers and pilots from all over the world to the art of Mountain Soaring in exotic high performance sailplanes among the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It's a mind-blowing experience! Try our Learn to Fly courses and become a glider pilot!
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Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
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+64 3-438 9555
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an amazing experience!! I did it with my dad instead of a skydive since I’ve already done that a couple months before he visited me in New Zealand. I definitely don’t regret the decision not to jump out of a plane but to...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The instructor was very informative and the staff were excellent. The experience was fantastic and to be able to be given the controls was super cool. Oh and the views were pretty special as well

Thank Simon H
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

I'm a skydiver and paraglider pilot myself so quite used to the dynamics of flying, but somehow this was completely different that everything I've experienced... Those gliders are amazing and super efficient... the crew and pilots have a lot of experience and love what they...More

Thank Vanessa M
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Its great how flying in a glider can bring the "free flight" experience to such a large range of people - not just other pilots and expert flyers. The gliders are comfortable, easy to take off and land and have a safety record second to...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

Nice people in the company bringing me one of the most fantastic experience in my life. People that love what they do. Thank you so much! I wish they can take lots of people feeling that we can fly by the wind, the nature energy...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Flying by the wind with natural energy is what we do! As you discovered we fly like eagles through the mountains and we love it!

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

we Wanted to do the helicopter scenic tour but the weather was too bad, but it was great for gliding. I highly recommend that you try this if you want to experience flying without noise, feel the exhilaration of rising quickly when you catch a...More

Thank Fonteyn M
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Thanks Fonteyn. As you noted the best soaring experiences can often be had by glider when its too stormy to the helicopters to operate around Mt Cook and the Glaciers. Glad you had so much fun

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

I wanted an adventure and this was definitely it! The flight was thrilling and peaceful at the same time. I learnt how gliders work as we circled in the mountains gaining height. We had wonderful views of Mt Cook, Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau. I...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Glad you had such a great time and thank you for your review. A touch of snow on the tops makes the views even better! I have passed on your compliments to Martin and Sabrina.

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

I spotted their sign on the side of the road as I was making my way to Queenstown. I thought, "What is this?" I stopped in and ask some questions. Everyone was very kind and friendly to me. I told them I had to be...More

Thank Gabriel G
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2018

You say you came away from our glider flight feeling as if you had been flying like a bird. That's great! If we still had eagles in New Zealand (The huge Haast eagle died out with the decline of the Moa ground hugging birds more...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

Breath taking experience! Staff were incredible and very attentive to my millions of questions. Couldn't have asked for a better pilot. All very confident in their jobs which makes the experience that much better! Favourite part was either the opportunity to take control of the...More

Thank leianah2017
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2018

Many thanks for your great review! Its great for our staff to know that they are appreciated! We all love to fly and to teach and show people around our extraordinary soaring environment. We are glad you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

My husband, Tim, and I both enjoyed our amazing glider sessions. We both had complete faith in our very experienced and skilled instructors (Phil and Sabrina) and were incredibly impressed by how hard they worked to achieve lift in very challenging glider conditions. We loved...More

Thank Kathy D
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2018

Thank you Kathy D for the great revue. We pride ourselves on being "Cross-country" pilots which means we love to fly like eagles through the mountains and around or above the clouds. And we love to take guests with us in order to share our...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

The staff is very accommodating and stayed over past closing to take Jenn for an hour flight. This location is supposed to be one of the best in the world for gliding. Jenn loved it. Give it a shot!!!

Thank MANSIONMAN
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2018

Thank you! Its always worth staying open to give someone the experience of soaring like an eagle through the mountains for an hour! Evening flights are often the most beautiful.

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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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P and E S
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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