Canterbury Gliding Club

Flying from Springfield and Omarama

"The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? - it is the same the Angels breathe."

"The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? - it is the same the Angels breathe."

Mark Twain

Learn to fly gliders

Nothing beats the feeling of flying a glider, especially in New Zealand with its breathtaking scenery. If you want to learn to fly gliders, start by booking a Trial Flight with us!

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Photos!

Have a look at the photos to get an idea of what gliding and the Canterbury Gliding Club are all about

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Youth Glide

Youth Glide

Youth Glide Canterbury (YGC) is incorporated within the Canterbury Gliding Club. We believe that an early access to flight training provides an exciting opportunity to youth and can open doors to challenging aviation careers not available to the same extend anywhere else and bring in new members to the sport of gliding.

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What People Say

  • If birds can glide for long periods of time, then… why can’t I?

    Orville Wright
  • There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great white wings. More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost if you can conceive of such a combination.

    Wilbur Wright
  • Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we’re one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind!

    Richard Bach
  • Gliders, sailplanes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird.

    Neil Armstrong
  • Springfield traffic, JK, I have my camera with me, make a fly-by if you want a cool photo!

    John McCaw
  • Springfield is fantastic!

    Terry Delore
  • Springfield is a great place for a land out at Castle Hill!

    Karl Ridgen
  • This weekend the weather is going to be great. Thermals up to 21.000 ft and wave up to 35.000 ft, there will also be convergence and the ridges should be working too.

    Mike Oakley
  • Gliding is SO AWESOME!

    Abbey Delore
  • Springfield base, DK, ops normal, 8000ft, above Lake Pukeko.

    Derek Kraak