Amazing Scenic Trial Flight

in stunning Wanaka

What is a scenic trial flight?

U-Fly’s scenic trial flights are 20, 30 or 60 minutes long in a small dual control aircraft with an experienced instructor at your side. We take you out over Lake Wanaka with stunning views of the Southern Alps.

The qualified instructor will guide you through a take-off, flight, and landing, all while having dual control of the plane so you are completely safe throughout. Our aircraft are dual control, which means you are always closely supported by our qualified instructors and can fly as much or as little as you like from the take-off right through to the landing all in complete safety. As you fly over the Central Otago region you will have a chance to see the lakes and mountains from the best viewpoint.

If you have always wanted to learn how to fly, or if you have ‘flying a plane’ on your bucket list, U-Fly Wanaka is the perfect place to book a trial flight and experience the thrill of flying. Our highly qualified and experienced instructors have many, many hours flying in the Lake Wanaka region. They know the area, are used to flight conditions in the mountains and absolutely guarantee you are in the very safest hands.

Lake Wanaka
Scenic Trial Flight
$209

Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains are one of the world’s beautiful destinations and your trial flight will let you soar over the picturesque Wanaka town and then on over stunning and often glass-like waters of Glendhu Bay.

The views are truly amazing and you feel like you can see forever across the mountain range of the Southern Alps out to the West Coast. A sweeping turn over the lake takes us back to our base at Wanaka airport, skirting past wedge-shaped Mount Iron and the sparkling Clutha River.

The beautiful vastness of Lake Wanaka, the islands, valleys and land surrounding her are simply breathtaking and you’ll see why this is such a popular global tourist destination. For those visitors short on time or limited by budget, this is the flight lesson for you! No previous experience is necessary as you will be with an experienced pilot/instructor and can take the controls as much or as little as you like. There is no pressure and you’ll learn the basics of flying a plane in a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere. Everyone can learn to fly whether you’re 10 or 100!

• Approx 20mins flight time
• Approx 50kms flying distance
• Allow 40mins for the activity

River Valley
Scenic Trial Flight
$259

Learn to fly in our dual control aircraft with our experienced instructors whilst enjoying a stunning scenic flight out over Lake Wanaka and it’s islands up into Mount Aspiring National Park.

Our flightpath on this flight heads to the mouth of the Matukituki Valley – the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park – then on to pass over Lake Wanaka’s four islands, which are all beautiful sanctuaries for endangered flightless birds.

As you fly the plane you will enjoy views across both Lake Wanaka and over the mountains to stunning Lake Hawea. This region, a paradise for water sports lovers, truly comes to life when seen from the air. As your flight passes out over Lake Hawea as well as stunning mountain ranges you will see the other worldly circles made by crop irrigation and the valleys crowded with trees and rivers.

No previous experience is necessary as you will be with an experienced pilot/instructor and can take the controls as much or as little as you like. There is no pressure and you’ll learn the basics of flying a plane in a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere.

Enjoy one of the most scenic regions in the world from a new angle.


• Approx 30mins flight time
• Approx 80kms flying  distance
• Allow 1hr for the activity

Glacier Ridge
Scenic Trial Flight
$439

The Glacier Ridge flight is our longest scenic trial flight at over an hour of flying and 130kms covered out over the heart of the Southern Alps.

After a pilot briefing with your qualified instructor, we take off and climb up to 3500 meters heading west up the majestic Matukituki Valley and over Mount Aspiring National Park. We’ll fly over picturesque Glendhu Bay, Rocky Mountain, and the spectacular ridgeline of Treble Cone and its ski fields on the way. You’ll see glaciers in their glistening glory and fly through a magical alpine wonderland only seen by a privileged few. Our turn around point is right under the much loved Mount Aspiring where waterfalls cascade into valleys of untouched beauty, literally the heart of the Southern Alps.

On our return flight, we fly low level down the Minaret Burn valley following the stunning braided river to the clear blue of Lake Wanaka. Our journey home also takes us for a quick flying visit past the wilderness of Lake Hawea.
As with all our scenic trial flights no previous experience is necessary to try these out as you will be sat with an experienced pilot/instructor throughout the flight in a dual control aircraft. You can take the plane’s controls as much or as little as you like and there is absolutely no pressure as you learn the basics of flying a plane in a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere.

• Approx 1hr flight time
• Approx 130kms flying distance
• Allow 1.25hr for the activity

Gift Voucher

Thinking about a special gift for a loved one or friend? A unique scenic trial flight in one of the most epic regions around the world is the perfect choice!

  • Extra passenger/s can be included with extra charge
  • Valid for 3 months from date of purchase

Flight Routes

F.A.Q.

A Trial Flight is a short 20, 30, or 1 hour flight in a small aircraft with an experienced instructor at your side. The qualified instructor guides you through a take off, flight, and landing, all while having dual control of the plane. The dual control means that you are in the safest hands and the instructor will only give full control to you when you feel comfortable.

This means that you can have as much or as little control of the plane as you want.

If you have always wanted to learn how to fly, or if you have ‘flying a plane’ on your bucket list, U-Fly Wanaka is the perfect place to book a trial flight. Our highly qualified and experienced instructors have many hours flying in the Lake Wanaka region. They know the area and the conditions, so you are in the very safest hands.

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A Trial Flight …

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  试验飞行是一个简短的20、30或1小时飞行在一个小飞机与一位有经验的老师在你身边。合格教练指导你通过起飞,飞行和降落,同时拥有双重控制的飞机。双重控制意味着你在最安全的手,老师只会给你当你感到舒适的完全控制。      这意味着你可以拥有尽可能多或尽可能少的控制飞机的你想要的。      如果你一直想学习如何飞翔,或者如果你有驾驶飞机的遗愿清单,U-Fly仍然是完美的地方预定试验飞行。我们的高素质和经验丰富的教师有许多小时飞行仍然湖地区。他们知道该地区的条件,所以你在非常安全的手。

Wanaka and the surrounding region including the mighty and spectacular Southern Alps of New Zealand is among some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. At U-Fly, a trial flight will take you over this amazing landscape, and, because you have an experienced pilot instructor with you at all times, you can take a break from flying the plane and enjoy the truly magnificent scenery.

Trials flights are suitable for anyone, so it doesn’t matter whether you are 10 or 100. Because our highly qualified instructor is right beside you and they have their own controls of the plane, anyone can book a trial flight at U-Fly Wanaka.

You can even bring someone on the flight to enjoy the experience with you! Whether you are interested in becoming a pilot and are taking a trail flight to find out if flying really is for you, or if you simply want to experience what it feels like to fly a plane, a trial flight in Wanaka, New Zealand is for you.

Trial Flights are also affordable and there’s no long-term time or financial commitment required. You simply book your slot, take your flight, and decide whether becoming a pilot is something you want to pursue.

If you’re like most people who book a trail flight with us, you will be a mixture of both excited and maybe a little nervous. So, what can you expect on your trial flight with us at U-Fly?

Firstly, the flight can last between 20 minutes and an hour depending on the time you have available and your budget. You can also take a friend with you for a small extra fee and they can sit back and relax and take in the incredible scenery. One of the major benefits of a trial flight in Wanaka, is the views! While on your flight you will get to enjoy some of the best scenery in New Zealand from the air – and believe us – there’s nothing like it!

The plane you take your trial flight in will be the same as the plane you will learn how to fly in if you decide to continue your aviation journey and book more lessons or start your PPL journey with us.

You will be with a fully qualified pilot instructor who will guide you through taking control of the aircraft during the flight so that you can truly experience what it’s like to fly.