- 10-12 minutes of thrilling hang gliding over New Zealand's longest lake
- The most experienced dual tandem paragliding and hang gliding company in New Zealand
- 30 years experience in aviation
- Highest take off point in Queenstown
- Reach an altitude of about 3,800 feet
- Professional and friendly pilots
- Free pick-up and drop-off
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience in Queenstown? Want to try something a bit different in Queenstown? Then you’ve come to the right place! Soar like a bird above mountain peaks and fly through the sky taking in the incredible views beneath you... hang gliding is truly an experience like no other!
- Most experienced dual tandem paragliding and hang gliding company in New Zealand
Our hang gliding instructional tour is an excellent opportunity to learn more about this unique activity. You’ll be taught by the most experienced dual tandem paragliding and hang gliding pilots in New Zealand. Our company has more than 30 years of experience in aviation, and we only work with the best people in the field. We can’t wait to share our passion and knowledge with you.
- Fly the hang glider yourself from Queenstown's highest commercial take-off point
On this tour, you'll have the opportunity for some hands-on experience with the glider. That’s right - you’ll be able to fly the hang glider yourself! What makes it even better is that you'll be flying from the highest commercial take-off point in Queenstown. As you can maybe imagine, the views from the mountain are pretty spectacular, look out for New Zealand’s longest lake, Lake Wakatipu as well as the smaller Lake Hayes.
- What to expect on the day
Your pilot will take you through the training and safety instructions. But don’t worry, it’s all very easy... it's a short run and bam, up you go! We recommend you wear practical footwear such as sneakers or running shoes. It's also a smart idea to bring an extra shirt as it can get quite chilly up there. From the moment your feet leave the ground, you’ll feel a surge of adrenaline. Our hang gliding flights reach an altitude of about 3,800 feet, the views are totally worth it!
- Want to get an action shot?
During your flight, you’ll be too busy enjoying the views so we're more than happy to take your pictures for you. If you’re interested in this option, just talk to your pilot beforehand. Once you land, we’ll have your photos and video ready to purchase. This way the memory will stay with you for a lifetime.
Queenstown Summer Hang Gliding Instructional
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
Minimum unit order: 1 persons.
What is the difference between Paragliding and Hang Gliding?
With Paragliding you are in a sitting position and with Hang Gliding you are in a prone, facing down position. Both activities are a lot of fun. Give it a go! Why not try both in a combo!?
What do I need to bring?
Bring some good footwear (sneakers, running shoes), something that can give you good ankle support, as you are required to do a short run on take off. Also, bring a warm top to wear. The views are just fantastic. And your adventurous mood!
How long does the trip last for?
Allow about 2 hours in summer and 2 1/2 hours in winter for the round trip – that is from the time we pick you up to the time you will be back in Queenstown.
How long am I in the air for?
We fly from the highest take off point in Queenstown, Coronet Peak. Average flight time on the parglider is 12-15 mins, on the hang glider 10-12 mins. We rely on mother nature, so it can vary quite a bit, sometimes the flights are longer than the average, sometimes a bit shorter.
Are there weight restrictions?
Yes. The minimum weight for a passenger on a paraglider is 20 kg, the maximum is 110 kg. For hang gliding the minimum weight we can carry is 20 kg and the maximum is 90 kg.(Conditions apply)
How do I get to the take-off point?
We provide free transport from Queenstown to take off and back.
Where is the pick-up point?
The tour starts and ends at the Kiwi Discovery Shop, 37 Camp Street, Queenstown.
How do I know if the trip goes ahead?
As our activities are weather dependent, we would recommend to book your paragliding/hang gliding experience earlier during your stay in Queenstown rather than later. That way you have got a greater chance of flying.
What are the cancellation policies?
If the trip has to be cancelled due to weather conditions, there are no cancellation fees. However, if you cancel your trip within 48hr of departure, there is a 20% cancellation fee applicable. Cancellations within an hour of departure require a 50% cancellation fee.
No refund is given, if customer is not turning up on time for departure of the trip.
Can I bring a friend to watch?
We’d love you to bring a friend along to watch as long as we have got room in the van. There is a small charge of NZ$20 per spectators.
What is the time of departure?
Time of departure varies with the time of the year and weather. We'll send you further details about the exact time of departure once you fulfilled the booking.
Do I need to declare any medical conditions? If so, what are they?
It is important for all customers to declare any of the below medical conditions. Please note this does not necessarily exclude a person from doing our activities.
– Heart Condition
– Recent Sprains or Muscular injuries
– Panic/Anxiety Attacks
– High/low Blood Pressure
– Bone Disorders
– Fragile Skin
– Neurological Disorders
– Physical Impairment
– Motion sickness
Do you do photos and videos?
Yes. Photos and videos are available. Ask your instructor about the possibility at the start of the tour.
Can I bring my own camera?
It is a no go for cameras for the hang gliding, I am afraid. You can bring your little action camera on your paragliding flight as long as it is mounted on a chest or wristharness. Big SLR cameras are a no go as well.
- The supplier reserve the right to cancel or amend any trip or booking.
- Weight restrictions apply: minimum weight 15kg, maximum weight 110kg.
In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:
- Cancellations 48 hours before departure: 20% of the total cost
- Cancellations 1 hour before departure: 50% of the total cost
- No show or late arrivals: 100% of the cost
- Please note: there is no fee if the supplier cancels the trip due to unsuitable weather conditions
- 100% of the cost will be charged if the customer exceeds the maximum passenger weight of 90kg for hang gliding.
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