Soaring is a sport that combines adventure and decision making with elements of science, technology, and engineering. Learning to soar does not just teach you to fly it also helps you develop other life skills including:

  • Promoting team work
  • Developing practical engineering
  • Promoting personal development
  • Learning responsibility



A introductory lesson is a great way to experience the fun and challenges of soaring! Even better, join us for a one-day course and experience the sport’s many facets.

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COVID19 Update: Trial lessons are unlikely to be available till late spring. 
Vouchers are still available and we will be honouring vouchers already in circulation regardless of expiry dates.

One Day Introduction To Gliding Course

Flight time – 40 to 60 minutes approx
2 – 3 winch launches

Time on Airfield – allow full day
Available Mon – Sat during Dec – Mar Sat only during Apr – Nov
Weather permitting
Like to become a glider pilot? This course could be for you.
You will experience a day in the life of a gliding Club from preparing the gliders in the morning to sharing the experiences of the day in the evening.

The One Day Course provides two to three students with a two seat training glider and an instructor for the day.

The day consists of briefings, primary gliding exercises , ground operations , airfield safety and ample opportunities to ask as many questions as you like from both your instructor and other club members.

As intensive as it may be the intention is that the day be a rewarding and fun experience.

At the end of your day you will receive a Certificate recording your flights and your membership of our Club  for a period  of three months. This entitles you to a further two flights at Club rates and also provides you with a rebate against our Prepaid to Solo package if redeemed within the three month period.


Youth fees available on application

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Papawai Gliding Experience

Flight time – 25 to 40 minutes approx
1 – 2 winch launches

Time on Airfield – allow 3 hours
Available Mon – Sat during Dec – Mar Sat only during Apr – Nov
Weather permitting
Introduce yourself, family or friends to the sport of gliding! Arriving on the field for your gliding session at either 10:00 am or 3:00 pm you will be given a full airfield and instructional briefing following which you will have the opportunity to participate in all airfield and winching activities.

During your stay on the field you and your instructor will be launched into the Papawai skies on our state of the art Skylaunch winch. You will reach an altitude of 2000 ft in about 1 minute!

While soaring over the countryside you will have the opportunity to take the controls and experience the true adventure of flight.

When you land you will receive a Certificate recording your flight. This may well become the first entry in your Pilot’s logbook! And to help make this a reality your Certificate can be redeemed (within 3 months ) for a $65 rebate against either our One Day Introduction to Gliding Course or our Prepaid to Solo Plan. 


Youth fees available on application

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We currently operate out of the Greytown Soaring Centre off Tilson’s road, Papawai, Greytown.


Passenger weight of up to 110 kg can normally be accommodated within the gliders weight and balance range. For passenger weights below 50 kgs it may be necessary to ride in the back seat. These are safety requirements so please don’t be offended when your instructor asks. Limitations apply to all courses.


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