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Glide Omarama

Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
+64 3-438 9555
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With the fortune of a perfect sunny day, and morning slot I took a 30 min gliding tour which was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
paulold09
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London
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87 year old father will tell his friends back in Japan, he flew higher than Mt. Fuji

Ever since I was little I knew my father liked glider flying. Every time I passed Omarama I said... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
training1029
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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An International Gliding School with Trial Flights - 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours long, and Learn-to-Fly courses. For nearly 30 years we have taught new-comers and pilots from all over the world the art of Mountain Soaring in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
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Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

With the fortune of a perfect sunny day, and morning slot I took a 30 min gliding tour which was incredible. This is an amazing area to try gliding and the professionalism, experience and safety focus was evident. Aside from a wonderful smooth tour of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since I was little I knew my father liked glider flying. Every time I passed Omarama I said he'd love to try that. He grew up during WW II and told us he had done some flying. It wasn't until he visited NZ and...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great story, thank you. For many people for many different reasons, flying in a glider is on their bucket list. Something they must do some day is to fly like an eagle - in the mountains. It was a privilege to look after your elderly...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by here unplanned. The experience of gliding was amazing. There are a couple of farms near by - kids did a bit of horse riding; there was also a sheep show nearby, while I did gliding. This was my first experience- and it...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Anshu N. So happy you had fun. Gliding is certainly not something you will find to do in Malaysia! Its best done in a hot, dry and often windy climate like Omarama.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Omarama must be THE place to experience soaring with a glider plane safely above (and between) the mountains. Fantastic scenery, almost always good flying weather with conditions supporting reliable glider flying. Great equipment, great pilots/guides - my pilot Phil delivered just the right mix of...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recommendation! Omarama is quite likely the only place in the world where one can take a Trial Flight in a glider where one soars like an eagle through the mountains for an hour or even longer. (We not only do 30...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arriving on a sunny day in Omarama and seeing the gliders soar along the mountains I drove up to the Glide Omarama office on the local airfield, got a friendly kiwi welcome and before I knew it I was sitting with Phil in the glider...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are very welcome! Pilots come from all around the world to experience gliding at its Omarama best while you just drove in off the road and had a go! Well done! Come back and learn to fly with us or join a local gliding...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my wife took the courage to try the whole new experience that we had actually always wanted. Thank you to Guy, who arranged the flights and replied with answers to my queries so swiftly and professionally. Greeted by the super friendly receptionist, Pam...More

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and I will pass on your thanks to your pilots, Bo and Mike. We all love what we do here at Omarama so they will appreciate your kind comments....More

Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Taking the flight with Glide Omarama was undoubtedly the highlight of our 10 day holiday in the south of the South Island. They were easy to contact, quick to respond, flexible and accommodating with the booking, and a very friendly team of professionals. The flight...More

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

We love our gliding too! We are very lucky that Omarama is one of the worlds very best mountain soaring sites. So happy that you had fun! Thanks for the kind words.

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

This was a must for my husband. April is getting towards the end of the gliding season & luckily we had a campervan meaning we didn't have to be anywhere at a set time. (We could change days if needed ...and we did due to...More

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

As your husband noticed, soaring gliders successfully is all about understanding and following cloud formations. In the spring, giant lenticular clouds are common. They mark huge atmospheric waves along which gliders can surf for hundreds and sometimes thousands of kilometers. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We chanced upon this when passing through Omarama and as the skies cleared we realised we were in for an exciting adventure. Having never gone Gliding before the staff and team were excellent at answering questions, and reassuring. The guide pilot was excellent and professional...More

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Thanks for your great review! Because of the spectacular scenery, excellent soaring conditions and crystal clear air, Omarama is one of the best places in the world to go gliding. This environment really helps us deliver a good first-time trial flight product and I am...More

Reviewed 15 December 2016

Absolutely unbelievable sensation, spectacular views , great pilot & staff. If ye haven’t been up in a glider this will blow your socks off, if ye have already then it’s a no brainer.More

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2016

Thanks for your comments! We have had some quite wild weather lately but gliding can be at its best on windy days when the atmospheric waves are pumping. Yesterday Dan flew his guest to Mount Cook and back in just over an hour. That's nearly...More

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Chris W
13 January 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
28 August 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
21 June 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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