Pilot a plane

Struggling to find the right present for that special occasion?   Then give the gift of flight!

Rangitata Island Aerodrome

Trial flight vouchers start from just $55 for a 10 minute instructional trial flight with one of their experienced instructors.

While you're at the Aerodrome check out the planes, Museum and military memorabilia.


South Canterbury Aero Club

Take control of a real aircraft and become a pilot today with South Canterbury’s oldest and most trusted aviation organisation.

You can take control of a real aeroplane guided by our award winning, professional, licensed, and qualified instructors.

Whether you're a budding Amelia Earhart, the next Charles Lindberg, or even if you just want to try it to see if flying is for you, South Canterbury Aero Club and our flight instructors can make your dreams take flight over stunning Timaru.

You’ll climb, turn and descend the aircraft all whilst taking in Timaru and it beautiful surrounds including the sprawling coastlines and the iconic patch work farmlands, bordered by the Southern Alps and even Aoraki Mount Cook is visible on a clear day.

Flights range from 20 to 45 minutes to suit your budget, you also have the option of a 4 seat aircraft allowing you may bring two friends along with you, for the more adventurous a Loop and a roll can be included with our qualified aerobatics instructor in our very own aerobatic training aircraft.

South Canterbury Aero Club best ensure your safety  by operating a fleet of certificated aircraft maintained by qualified aircraft engineers.

Bookings are essential, the club is open weekends and most weekdays and can be contacted through their website or on 03 688 2355 or 0508 Fly Timaru or find them on Facebook.


South Canterbury Gliding Club

Experience soaring like a bird without a noisy engine in front of you right at the Timaru Airport with the South Canterbury Gliding Club.

Get a tow and fly to your choice of height 3000 - 8000ft over Timaru with you at the controls.

  • 3000ft - $150
  • 4000ft - $200
  • 8000ft - $325

Five Flight Glider Training Introductory Package $650 (5 tows to 2,500ft above ground).

All trial flights include one month temporary membership of South Canterbury Gliding Club.

The club operates on Sundays but bookings are essential. Please ring club president Paul Marshall for bookings/vouchers on 021 331 838.

You can also find them on Facebook here.