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,
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.
biplane takes two passengers and allows
you to sit side-by-side with stunning panoramic views.
Share the fun!
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
jackets, flying helmets and goggles are supplied!
*All prices are based on a minimum of two people. For details
on our voucher prices, please click here.
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
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
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
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
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*
north to the Glenmary Glacier and Aoraki Mount Cook
The Glenmary Glacier in early
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*
the Benmore Dam - the largest earth dam in
Option 5 -
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*
up the spectacular Ahuriri River Valley to Mt Barth
Mt Barth Glacier with Mt Brewster in the distance.
Option 6 - Alpine Adventure
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
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.
over Mt Cook National Park
Mt Tasman - New Zealand's second
the Grand Plateau.
Sefton from the south with Mt Cook behind.
back to Pukaki Airport from Mt Cook at 9000 feet on 21 February 2016.
are based on a minimum of two people and all flights are subject
to suitable weather conditions
bookings - Phone
0800 REDCAT (0800