trial flight - tandem with NZ Champion instructors
If you are not sure if you want to learn flying solo or not, you can initially skip the exercise of training and get your first introduction to paragliding by flying with one of our out-standing instructors in an advanced flight which otherwise only very experienced pilots get to enjoy. You can also give this experience as a gift with our beautiful gift vouchers. With a tandem flight with our instructor, you can see what paragliding is all about, enjoy the best of it and see what the courses aim at.
During the flight you get to enjoy the most amazing countryside from a point of view which is entirely unique to free flyers like us – and birds. Listen only to the wind in your lines, the song of the birds and perhaps the waves below you.
We will soar along e.g. the wonderful West Coast of the Auckland region, stay up for at least 20-30 mins, gain height, enjoy the sensation of free flying and the wonderful view. We will introduce you to the basics of paragliding, how to use lift, how to turn, hand over the controls for a little if you are up to it.
Your flight can be as calm and cruisy as you like, or wilder and more exciting with some aerobatics such as wing overs and spirals if the conditions allow. Your pilot will customise the experience to what you would like.
Our pilots have extensive experience flying with disabled passengers. In some cases, we only fly at certain sites and in certain conditions, but nearly anything is possible, to please contact us to discuss the options.
We can cater for passengers of a huge range of body weights, but we need to know in advance if you are less than 50kg or more than 100kg, so that we can ensure to have the right equipment and pilot ready for you.
We cannot guarantee that you won't be addicted to paragliding after this, so perhaps you wish to continue learning afterwards.
We use different flying and teaching sites around Auckland, all beautiful, wonderfully scenic, especially when you get to experience them from our privileged point of view, from the sky. They are located within an hour of the city.
Every day, we pick the ideal site according to the wind and weather conditions on the day to give you the best and safest experience. We ultimately decide in the morning, which site to use and times to meet. Call us at 9am in the morning! It best if you are flexible to travel to increase your chance for a great day out.
Many sites are rather remote, so please make sure to be organised for a day with food and lots of drink. Wear comfy clothing according to the temperatures; most essential is good footwear of hiking boots or well treaded sports shoes and a wind-breaking jacket, plus sun protection.
Once you book, we will send you a more details info sheet about your day.
days to fly
We teach and fly both on weekdays and on weekends, every day the conditions suit, nearly all year long. Only in July, which is typically the worst month of the year with muddy paddocks and changeable weather which makes it too hard to get a full and valuable day teaching in. Simply call us or email us to book a time or to discuss the options.
Ring at 9am to find out what we can do on the day and where and when to meet. Typically, we leave town at about 10am.
A trial flight cost $198 per person.
Special for 2 people, pre-pay, make your own way to the site, $360. This only works if you have plenty of time to do the flights in case the weather doesn't work out for you on the first couple of attempts. Payment needs to be in our account prior to the day flying.
Discounted price for those under 18 is $155 if they fly on the same day as the parents.
In-flight photos are $50 extra.
Students and others who don't have a car: please check about co-ordinating a ride to the site with us.