Red Cat Biplane Flights offer one of the best adventure activities in New Zealand. Check out our video here!


Altitude achieved: +12,000 feet
Time in air: Over one hour
Distance flown: 180 km
Passengers carried: Two

"The best"

Described by an Australian visitor as the "best of the ten best things in the world to do", the flight departs from the Aviation Adventures base at Pukaki Airport near Twizel on the main road from Christchurch to Queenstown. Climbing steadily over the turquoise glacial waters of Lake Pukaki, the two passengers in the front seat get unobstructed views of Mt Sefton and the Tasman Glacier as Mt Cook is approached from the south.

Amazing photos

The big advantage of flying in an open-cockpit aircraft is that its possible to take crystal-clear photos - not possible when shooting through the Perspex windows of a standard scenic flight "tin can" aircraft. Just look at the photo to the right, which was taken from the biplane in January 2013!

Over 180 km flown.

From Mt Cook, the route continues west of Mt Tasman and then out over the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers (lower photograph). On the return journey to Pukaki, passengers fly west of Mt Sefton and then down the Ben Ohau mountains above the Dobson River.

Gear up!

Leather flying jackets and helmets, goggles and white flying scarves are supplied - perfect for photos in front of the aircraft after the flight. In addition, blankets are supplied to keep your legs warm and additional clothing such as gloves are available.

The aircraft

The Red Cat Biplane Flights aircraft is an American-built Grumman Super Ag-Cat. Originally used for agricultural spraying, it was designed with safety in mind. It is powered by a Pratt and Whitney 450 horsepower Wasp Junior radial engine - a classic! On all our flights, passengers fly "first class" up the front!


All Mt Cook flights are subject to suitable weather. Bookings are essential. If you want to experience "the best of the ten best things in the world to do", phone Chris free on 0800 REDCAT (0800 733 228). For details on other flight options, please click on link below: