The Valley Explorer

I’m hooked! I will never forget my first flight in a glider.
There is so much going on in the sky that we don’t experience on the ground.

This is your chance to rise above the horizon. Smooth and gentle, more adventurous or even aerobatic, it’s up to you and your instructor.

Prior to take off your instructor briefs you on the glider and together you climb aboard and aero-tow to the nearby mountains.

Released from the tow plane, you fly free like Kahu the Hawk! Searching out lift you experience the beauty of the mountains and lakes of the Mackenzie Country.

You are likely to have wonderful views of Mount Cook and the great lakes.Your instructor will encourage you to take the controls and have a go.

Whether its a smooth and gentle ride or something more adventurous (aerobatics) – it is entirely up to you.

If you are having fun it may be possible to extend the duration of the flight – just talk to your instructor.


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 seas 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 maximum passenger weight is 110kg.
Our minimum age is 12 years old providing they are big enough to be safely contained by the seat belts.

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.