The Mountain Adventure

Experience the cross country potential of these extraordinary high performance sailplanes.

“I’m at a loss for words, truly mind blowing views and an incredible experience. I am thankful to the lovely people at Glide Omarama that allowed me to embark on this adventure in the clouds.”  GlideOmarama Facebook, 29 March 2018

This is a spectacular introduction to the sport of gliding. You will experience the challenge of soaring the mountains and alpine environments that surround the Omarama Basin and discover their beauty from a unique perspective.

Your instructor will encourage you to take the controls and have a go.


On average the weather allows us to operate 6 out of 7 days per week.

Of course we are weather dependent but please note that gliding conditions at Omarama are often best when Mount Cook and Tekapo scenic flights are cancelled due to windy and/or cloudy weather. We like some wind and cloud because it usually means we can stay up longer.

We do our best to operate to your scheduled times but you will appreciate that when flying without engines, the weather dictates exactly when and where we can operate and sometimes our schedules do change at the last minute!

Nausea or motion sickness associated with circling and the sensations of flight can be a problem for some people. If you are prone to car or sea-sickness or it’s your first time flying in a small aircraft, we strongly recommend you take travel sickness tablets before you fly, especially for the longer flights. We do have recommended drugs at our office.

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Extending flights
Flights may be extended in the air, subject to the glider and instructor being available.

Booking times
30 minute flights may be booked from 9:00 am each day. Longer flights usually fly in the afternoons.

Daily Briefing
You are welcome to join us for the daily morning briefing at 10:00am at the Soaring Centre on the Omarama Airfield – but this is not essential.

Reporting Times
Please report 30 minutes before your booked flight time or ring and advise us of a late arrival.

Our minimum age is normally 12 years old, providing they are big enough to be safely contained by the glider’s seat belts.
However we can fly younger people at the discretion of our office staff and the pilot.

Weather Checks
Its advisable to call us the day before to check on weather conditions. Where possible have some flexibility in your travel arrangements. There is excellent accommodation available at Omarama.