Adventures offers a unique aviation experience!
We are the only company in the South Island operating
an open-cockpit biplane that can take two passengers in
addition to the pilot! This means you can share the fun
and adventure with a family member, friend or partner.
To see us on You Tube, please click
Black Captain Richie McCaw and his father Don after
a flight in the Ag-Cat. Both Richie and Don fly gliders
and power aircraft.
biplane takes two passengers and allows you
to sit side-by-side with stunning panoramic views.
Share the fun!
On all our flights you get to wear a leather
flying jacket, leather helmet and flying goggles! Headphones
within each helmet allow you to hear a commentary from the
jackets, flying helmets and goggles
*All prices are based on a minimum of two people. For details on our voucher
prices, please click here.
Winter 2013 - Ashburton
Aerodrome is the perfect place to fly in an open cockpit
biplane during the cooler autumn and winter months. During
WWII this airfield was alive with RNZAF pilots training in Tiger
Moths. Today, it is home to the Ashburton Aviation Museum which
houses a fantastic collection of aircraft ranging from biplanes
to a Harrier Jump Jet! Combining a visit to the museum with your
Aviation Adventures flight is highly recommended! Flights are
undertaken when the museum is open on weekends or on other days if
Option 1 - Town and Around
a flight over the town of Ashburton and Lake Hood! For
those living in Ashburton, we suggest bringing your camera
so you can photograph your house from the air. This flight provides
fantastic views towards the Southern Alps. Flight time is
approximately 18 minutes. Allow 40 minutes for the whole experience.
Price per person is only $245.00*
The view forward from the passenger
compartment looking over the town of Ashburton
Option 2 - Pacific Circuit
from Ashburton Aerodrome, this 25 minute flight takes
you out to the Pacific Ocean at a height of 500 feet above
the ground. From the coast, the flight continues south to the
Ashburton River Mouth before following the meandering river upstream
to Lake Hood. The tour concludes with an orbit around the town
of Ashburton. Allow 50 mins for the whole experience. Price per person
is only $345.00*
The coastal township of Hakatere
Option 3 -
most scenic mid-Canterbury flight! On this flight, you get to
choose a destination from the following options: Mt Hutt Skifield,
Geraldine, Mt Peel, Rangitata Gorge, Mt Somers, Pudding Hill,
Rakaia Gorge or Hororata. Flight time is approximately 50 minutes
to one hour. Allow one hour 30 minutes for the whole experience. Price
per person is only $645.00*
Looking south-west to Mt Somers
Mount Hutt Skifield
Summer 2013/2014 - Pukaki
Cat Biplane Flights' base is at Pukaki Airport on the main tourist
route between Christchurch and Queenstown. It is just north of Twizel
and only a few kilometres south of the turnoff to Aoraki Mount Cook.
It is perfectly located to explore some of New Zealand's most outstanding
landscapes - many of which were used in the Lord of The Rings and
The Hobbit movies.
Option 1 - Mackenzie Magic
Mackenzie Magic flight packs in a lot! After departing Pukaki
Airport, we head up to the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki.
This is New Zealand's most popular location to photograph Aoraki
Mount Cook! From there, we follow the Pukaki Canal to the Ohau A Power
Station before returning to Pukaki Airport via the Lake Ruataniwha
Rowing Course and Twizel township. Flight time is approximately 18
minutes. Allow 35 minutes for the whole experience. Price per person
is only $245.00*
The Pukaki Canal and Lake Ruataniwha.
Photo: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
The classic view of Aoraki
Mount Cook from Lake Pukaki
Flying over Lake Ruataniwha
- the blue colour is the result of glacial 'flour' in the water.
Option 2 - Three Lakes
classic flight! On this 45 minute experience (with
a 25 minute flight) you have two options. On the first option you
visit Lake Pukaki, Lake Ohau and Lake Ruataniwha, as well as fly over
the location of the Lord of The Rings Battle Scene. On our second Three
Lakes option you fly over Lake Ohau to the Lake Middleton and then return
via Lake Ruataniwha and the Ohau A hydro-electric power station! Both options
give you more time in the air to soak in the incredible views. Price
per person is just NZ$345.00*
both Three Lakes options, we fly at 500 feet above ground level
so you get the best view.
Flying toward Lake Ohau on
the Three Lakes flight
Spectacular Lake Ohau
Option 3 - Glenmary Glacier
its a glacier you want to visit, this flight is for you! After
departing Pukaki Airport, we head west and cross over the Ben Ohau
Range before continuing to the rugged Neumann Range to view the
Glenmary Glacier at 8000 feet. Flight time is approximately 35 minutes.
Allow one hour for whole experience. Price per person is just NZ$445.00*
Looking north to the Glenmary
Glacier and Aoraki Mount Cook
The Glenmary Glacier in early
Option 4 - The Dambuster
flight takes you off the beaten track to explore Lake Benmore
and New Zealand's largest earth dam! On this one hour ten minute
experience (with a 45 minute flight) you get to follow
the waters draining from Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki as they make their
way to Benmore Dam and the sea. The return trip is via Omarama and
the west side of the 6300 foot high Mount Benmore, as well as Lake Ruataniwha.
Ask about our free extra option where we land at Omarama for coffee/tea
and muffins! Price per person is NZ$545.00*
Over the Benmore
Dam - the largest earth dam in New Zealand.
Option 5 - Wild
is one of the best wilderness flights available in New Zealand.
We go where no other scenic flight operator does - the spectacular
Ahuriri Conservation Area! Highlights include flying up the beautiful
Ahuriri Valley, above the Mt Barth Glacier and returning via the
turquoise waters of Lake Ohau. Flight time is 55 minutes. Allow one
hour twenty minutes for the whole experience. Price per person is
up the spectacular Ahuriri River Valley to Mt Barth
Mt Barth Glacier with Mt Brewster in the distance.
Option 6 - Alpine Adventure
In our opinion, this
is the ultimate New Zealand adventure! Penny Morris, a client from Australia,
described this flight as "The best of the best 10 things to do in the world!".
Weather conditions permitting, we fly you to the west face
of Mount Cook and over Mt Tasman! To do this, even in summer,
you will need warm clothing. We provide leather jackets,
helmets, gloves and blankets for your legs. Flight time return is
over one hour. Allow an hour and a half for the whole experience. Price
per person is NZ$745.00*
Approaching Aoraki Mt Cook
from the north
over Mt Cook National Park
The west face of Aoraki Mount
Cook taken at 7.00 pm on 26 February 2012. What a view!
*All prices are
based on a minimum of two people and all flights are subject to
suitable weather conditions
bookings - Phone
0800 REDCAT (0800 733 228)