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Glide Omarama

Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
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Flying with my soul

Nice people in the company bringing me one of the most fantastic experience in my life. People that... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
ifbonomini1
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Exhilarating, educational and lots of fun

we Wanted to do the helicopter scenic tour but the weather was too bad, but it was great for... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Fonteyn M
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Soar like an Eagle through the Mountains! Trial Flights are 30 minutes or 1 or 2 hours long. For the Ultimate Experience take an instructor and glider for a whole day! For nearly 30 years we have introduced new-comers and pilots from all over the...more
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Airfield Road | Omarama Airfield, Omarama 9448, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Nice people in the company bringing me one of the most fantastic experience in my life. People that love what they do. Thank you so much! I wish they can take lots of people feeling that we can fly by the wind, the nature energy...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Flying by the wind with natural energy is what we do! As you discovered we fly like eagles through the mountains and we love it!

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

we Wanted to do the helicopter scenic tour but the weather was too bad, but it was great for gliding. I highly recommend that you try this if you want to experience flying without noise, feel the exhilaration of rising quickly when you catch a...More

Thank Fonteyn M
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thanks Fonteyn. As you noted the best soaring experiences can often be had by glider when its too stormy to the helicopters to operate around Mt Cook and the Glaciers. Glad you had so much fun

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

I wanted an adventure and this was definitely it! The flight was thrilling and peaceful at the same time. I learnt how gliders work as we circled in the mountains gaining height. We had wonderful views of Mt Cook, Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau. I...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Glad you had such a great time and thank you for your review. A touch of snow on the tops makes the views even better! I have passed on your compliments to Martin and Sabrina.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

I spotted their sign on the side of the road as I was making my way to Queenstown. I thought, "What is this?" I stopped in and ask some questions. Everyone was very kind and friendly to me. I told them I had to be...More

Thank Gabriel G
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

You say you came away from our glider flight feeling as if you had been flying like a bird. That's great! If we still had eagles in New Zealand (The huge Haast eagle died out with the decline of the Moa ground hugging birds more...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Breath taking experience! Staff were incredible and very attentive to my millions of questions. Couldn't have asked for a better pilot. All very confident in their jobs which makes the experience that much better! Favourite part was either the opportunity to take control of the...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Many thanks for your great review! Its great for our staff to know that they are appreciated! We all love to fly and to teach and show people around our extraordinary soaring environment. We are glad you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

My husband, Tim, and I both enjoyed our amazing glider sessions. We both had complete faith in our very experienced and skilled instructors (Phil and Sabrina) and were incredibly impressed by how hard they worked to achieve lift in very challenging glider conditions. We loved...More

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thank you Kathy D for the great revue. We pride ourselves on being "Cross-country" pilots which means we love to fly like eagles through the mountains and around or above the clouds. And we love to take guests with us in order to share our...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

The staff is very accommodating and stayed over past closing to take Jenn for an hour flight. This location is supposed to be one of the best in the world for gliding. Jenn loved it. Give it a shot!!!

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Thank you! Its always worth staying open to give someone the experience of soaring like an eagle through the mountains for an hour! Evening flights are often the most beautiful.

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

What a great bunch of people. Phil the instructor absolutely great. Thanks Milan. Next time will try your shakshuka. :-)

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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Many thanks Joe. Its great to know that our team is appreciated!

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

An experience that has been on my bucket list for years and with the amazing mountain vies that surround the airfield where better. When I met Bo Nilsson, who was my instructor I was immediately relaxed by his calm humorous approach to the whole event....More

Thank Philip M
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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thank you Phillip. Its a great environment that we have here to soar gliders in; scenic, good lift and a wonderful facility. Glad you enjoyed your flight. Its not so expensive when you consider the cost of the glider is around $250,000, the cost of...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 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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GavinWills, Owner at Glide Omarama, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Many thanks Paulold09. We are having a wonderful gliding season this year. Lots of friendly winds and sun induced thermals to keep us all happy. Yesterday some flew over 400 kms to Arthur's Pass (in the mountains near Christchurch) and back to Omarama. It took...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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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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