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Address: Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
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Glide Omarama is an international Gliding School that teaches pilots from...

Glide Omarama is an international Gliding School that teaches pilots from all over the world the art of Mountain Soaring in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Learn-to-Fly courses Trial Flights - 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours long.

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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... read more

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Adelaide, Australia
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 the weather). Phil was very experienced & knowledgeable. My husband & he had so much... More 

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this review

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 you again in the spring when the soaring conditions are better and its a good... More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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68 reviews
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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 and made the whole experience something not to be forgotten.

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this review

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 delighted that the staff and pilots also helped make the flights safe and memorable. More 

Dublin
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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.

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this review

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 200 km - not bad for an airplane with no engine. More 

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 23 November 2016

We had really good afternoon for gliding - was my second time in a glider and booked just 30 minutes ride but that was more than enough. The instructor circled above hills and fields with amazing views, we even saw Mt. Cook at the backround! So peaceful, quite and just purely enjoyable experience.

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this review

Yes the views are amazing! On some flights its the mountains and lakes that take your breath away on others its the extraordinary cloud-scapes. Today the serious pilots are attempting a 2,500 km long world record flight by gliding twice up to the middle of the North Island and back, non stop . Surfing the big storm with over 15... More 

Taranaki, New Zealand
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Gliding was on hubby's wish list & he was not disappointed. The weather had been iffy but came right & the views were amazing. The staff were really helpful & friendly.

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this review

Thank you! After 20 years of soaring around here we too never get tired of the views or the experience. Its ever changing and never boring! More 

Hobart, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 3 June 2016

This is a great and spectacular experience. Just wonderful. Clear blue winters day, snow everywhere .. friendly and skillful pilot. Do anything you need to. . Just get in the cockpit

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Snowdonia National Park, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Just had the very best adrenaline experience ever Went gliding with Lemmy at Omarama True gentleman old school pilot who just made the whole experience exhilarating,mind blowing but feeling totally safe in his hands

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Gavin W, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this review

Thank you! Our pilots all love to fly gliders. We fly two seasons per year - once in the Southern Hemisphere then once in the Northern Hemisphere. Its a challenging and exhilarating sport and somewhat addictive. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

If you're a glider pilot, you'll know this already, and the only issue is 'when ' (..or 'how soon can I get back?') If you're a kiwi, you may have heard that pilots from all over the world flock here to fly. You may even know that Richie McCaw flies here. Flying with Gavin & his team is the gliding... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

I didn't plan on doing this but i m so glad i did. Got the 30 min trial flight on a deal for 165$ which was money well spent. The staff was friendly and my co-pilot also did a great job of explaining most things along the way and making the 45 mins flight very enjoyable. I had the control... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 20 October 2015 via mobile

One of my top 10 experiences of all time the views are amazing climbing to 7000 ft then the finishing rolls and stalls Gavin Wills pulled off were exhilarating not for everyone but if you have the stomach for it incredible AAA+++. An amazing afternoon had by all. Added to with the easy going nature of the staff

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