Aviation Adventures offers a unique aviation experience! We operate the only two-passenger-seat open-cockpit biplane over New Zealand's most spectactular scenery - Mt Cook and the glaciers! This means you can share the fun and adventure with a family member, friend or partner. To see us on You Tube, please click here!


Former captain of the famous All Blacks rugby team, Richie McCaw, and his father Don after a flight in the Ag-Cat. Both Richie and Don fly gliders and powered aircraft. Richie also flies helicopters.

  Our Ag-Cat 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 pilot before take-off.

Leather jackets, flying helmets and goggles are supplied!

Flight Options

*All prices are based on a minimum of two people. For details on our voucher prices, please click here.


Red 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. Our main flying season is from the beginning of September until the end of April. During winter we fly on an irregular basis.




Option 1 - Mackenzie Magic

Our 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 20 minutes. Allow 35-45 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


Our classic flight! On this 50 minute experience (with a 25 minute flight) you fly over Lake Ruataniwha, Lake Ohau and Lake Middleton. During the flight you will visit the Ohau A Power Station and the largest of the filming locations in the Lord of The Rings movies - Pelanor Field. This option gives you more time in the air to soak in the incredible views. Price per person is just NZ$345.00*


On the Three Lakes option, 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

If 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 35-40 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 spring

Option 4 - The Dambuster

This 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 lunch or afternoon tea! Price per person is NZ$545.00*

Over the Benmore Dam - the largest earth dam in New Zealand.

Option 5 - Wild Wilderness

This 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 $645.00*

Flying up the spectacular Ahuriri River Valley to Mt Barth

The Mt Barth Glacier with Mt Brewster in the distance.

Option 6 - Alpine Adventure


In our opinion, this is the ultimate New Zealand adventure and arguably the best glacier flight in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park! 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 upper Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's longest. Our normal route then takes you to the Grand Plateau at 9000 feet and over the Hooker Glacier before returning to Pukaki Airport along the east side of Lake Pukaki. 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*
For more details on this flight, please click here.


Approaching Mt Cook from the north.

  The upper Tasman Glacier - New Zealand's longest. It is easy to see from this view why taking photos from an open-cockpit aircraft is better than shooting through a Perspex window.

Flying over Mt Cook National Park

  Mt Tasman - New Zealand's second highest mountain.

Approaching the Grand Plateau.

Mt Sefton from the south with Mt Cook behind.

Heading back to Pukaki Airport from Mt Cook at 9000 feet on 21 February 2016.

*All prices are based on a minimum of two people and all flights are subject to suitable weather conditions

For bookings - Phone
0800 REDCAT (0800 733 228)