Glid­ing's mecca

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There is no bet­ter way to com­pletely blow your mind than to sit com­fort­ably in the front seat of a high-per­for­mance glider while you soar like an ea­gle amongst the rocks and glaciers of the South­ern Alps, glide across multi coloured lakes and float through stun­ning cloud-scapes. This is why glider pi­lots have been fly­ing from Omarama for more than 60 years.

Omarama of­fers some of the world’s best and most reli­able soar­ing con­di­tions. The unique at­mo­spheric con­di­tions ex­pe­ri­enced here have en­abled pi­lots to soar to over 10,000 me­tres high, make dis­tances up to 2,500 kms and av­er­age speeds over 200 kph per flight.

Glide Omarama is a world renown Soar­ing School that teaches all as­pects of glider fly­ing in the moun­tains. Skill­fully util­is­ing the en­ergy of the sun and the wind their ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tors fly very high-per­for­mance glid­ers deep into the spec­tac­u­lar South­ern Alps.

One of Glide Omarama’s mis­sions is to en­cour­age vis­i­tors to ap­pre­ci­ate and learn more about the sport of glid­ing. To achieve this, they of­fer four glid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties rang­ing from a short 30-minute Trial Flight (NZ$358) to the ul­ti­mate all-day ad­ven­ture in soar­ing (NZ$1475). Par­tic­i­pants on these flights have the op­por­tu­nity to fly the glider un­der the watch­ful eye of their in­struc­tor as well as tak­ing in the marvelous scenery.

A Glide Omarama Face­book re­viewer said in De­cem­ber 2016 “…Spend­ing some time with these guys will prob­a­bly be one of the five most mem­o­rable things you do. Any­where. In your life."

Soar­ing in a glider from Omarama could re­ally be the great­est ad­ven­ture of your life! Put it on your list. www.glideo­

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