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“Up up and away ”
Review of Glide Omarama

Glide Omarama
Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Omarama
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An International Gliding School with Trial Flights - 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours long, and Learn-to-Fly courses. We teach new-comers and pilots from all over the world the art of Mountain Soaring in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

This was awesome! Really liked the fact they let you have a go at flying it! This was a once in a lifetime experience for me and enjoyed every minute, at least until my stomach couldn't handle any more loop the loops! Luckily that was right at the end of the hour! Recommend this to anyone to give it a go

Thank Charlene B
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

A must do on your bucket list, awesome experience, fully experienced staff, good value and the best views.

Thank jan_evans
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

I went for over an hour. What a trip! From being towed to gliding. From excitement to absolutel tranquillity. Searching for thermals. My pilot Mike Till was terrific. He kept me informed as to what was happening. Like "We are just going over there by that cloud and see if we can get a thermal lift". We went up to 8500 feet. The view of course of the mountains including Mt Cook and the lakes was out of this world. No wonder Omarama is considered to be amongst the best gliding in the world. Would absolutely go again.

Thank TerrySenior
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Glide Omarama (aka Southern Soaring on tripadvisor) is a Mecca for glider pilots and a very professional operation for the rest of us wanting to experience a "Trial Instructional Flight" over some of the world's most spectacular scenery. Here's my holiday/vacation suggestion: Get a flight to Queenstown, hire a car, stop at the New World Supermarket across the road from the airport to stock up on provisions, drive 2 hours on a very easy (and very scenic) road through the Southern Alps tp Omarama. Rent a self-contained chalet (cabin) on the airfield. Base yourselves here for a at least a few days. On the ground, you can walk/hike/cycle, catch your own salmon, soak in an outdoor hot tub, witness a sheep shearing, visit a winery or drive to other spectacular locations in the Waitaki Valley. As a bonus, in the evenings, enjoy the dusk shining on the mountains from the GlideOmarama clubhouse deck or from the cafe on the airstrip.

1  Thank Dscerning
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Unless you are already a glider pilot and know what you are letting yourself in for, be aware that it is going to cost you far more here than in many other places around the world where you will get pretty much the same experience. It is a very commercial operation, and charges accordingly.

1  Thank Gabriel O
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