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Flightseeing at its best

  • Travelling to and from Great Barrier Island has never been more modern or comfortable than in our Cessna Grand Caravan. Travel with Barrier Air to one of our fantastic locations to enjoy some R&R and a laid-back experience.

While you’re on your way, why not get the “lay of the land”, enjoy the sights and let our fantastic flight crew give you expert commentary over the aircraft PA system. Our Caravan is a high wing aircraft affording great views below and around the aeroplane.

Rather than looking at a large noisy engine on the wing, our PT6A jet-prop is situated at the front of the aircraft, taking away the distracting noise and replacing it with a quiet hum and unspoilt views.

Being equipped with 12 leather seats and temperature control; this is the most passenger friendly aircraft operating over Auckland City.

The beautiful blue waters of the Hauraki Gulf can be seen for miles in all directions. Directly below are first-class views of the gorgeous Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Volcano and several other small community islands just off-shore.

The Auckland Skyline and Sky Tower is something to behold at sunset. On a sunny day, you will see pods of dolphins playing around kayakers paddling in Blind Bay; whales spouting as they come around Tiritiri Matangi Island.

You may even spot the resident hammerhead shark gliding below the water at Kaitoki beach as you come into land at Claris airport.

If aviation is your passion, the Cessna Grand Caravan in action is an attraction in itself. Sitting in row 1, you will have full insight into what our pilots do day-to-day.

With a state of the art glass cockpit, navigation systems and weather radar, you will really get the feel of how a life in the blue Hauraki skies can be.

 

  • Nestled amongst the vineyards and adjacent to one of the oldest airfields in the country is Marlborough’s single most visited attraction, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. For the last 10 years, this world class attraction has been bringing to life the story of aviation development during World War One in its ground breaking exhibition, Knights of the Sky.

On longterm loan from film maker and long-time aviation enthusiast, Sir Peter Jackson, this is one of the world’s largest private collection of World War I aircraft and memorabilia.

A second exhibition, Dangerous Skies, is now open to the public and features stories from World War II.

Undoubtedly two of the star attractions of the new exhibition are a twin engine bomber, the world’s only flyable Mk1 Avro Anson and a Griffon powered Mk.XIVe Spitfire.

The war on the Eastern Front is a significant focus of this exhibition and the Battle of Stalingrad installation is an experience that has been garnering much praise for its entertaining yet highly thought provoking portrayal of one of the most significant battles of World War II.

The museum is open daily until 5pm and offers visitors the opportunity to take a joy flight in an open-cockpit vintage airplane or a Russian jet fighter! Failing that there is always a great cup of coffee in the onsite café.

 

  • Skydiving Kiwis is a Kiwi-owned skydiving centre launched in 2011 by skydivers for skydivers and for people who are after a real skydiving experience.

We are the only skydiving centre in the South Island with an active fun jumping community. Nowhere else will you be able to share your skydiving experience with funjumpers, which brings a unique perspective to your skydive.

Our dedication to a ‘kiwi as’ skydiving experience has secured us certificates of excellence on TripAdvisor for five years in a row.

In 2016, we became the first and only skydiving centre in New Zealand ever to be awarded the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Director’s Award for Safety and innovation in aviation safety.

Northland

Based only 1 hour South of Christchurch, we offer tandem skydives from 6000ft, 9000ft and 13000ft which fit every budget and cutting edge photos and video packages to capture epic memories of your jump! Our truly kiwi skydiving experience showcases 360° landscapes unique to this region of New Zealand.

As you reach your jump altitude you will see the tapestry of the Canterbury Plains, the braided rivers flow to the South Pacific ocean and the Southern Alps rise on one side, while Banks Peninsula stretches on another. We also offer a pick up service from Christchurch with an airport drop off if necessary.

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