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Air Kaikoura - Pilot a Plane

Live the dream, take to the skies and be a pilot! If you’ve ever wanted to feel the thrill of flying, here’s your opportunity!


  • Learn the basics of flying with briefings on the controls and flight path
  • Stunning views of the Kaikoura mountain range and coastline from the air
  • Experienced and enthusiastic team who will make sure you get the most out of the experience


Live the dream, take to the skies and be a pilot! If you’ve ever wanted to feel the thrill of flying, here’s your opportunity!

Learn the basics of flying whilst enjoying outstanding scenic views of the spectacular Kaikoura mountain range and coastline from the air.

Our brand new two seater training plane, the Eurofox A240, is incredibly fun to fly, it has amazing visibility with its perspex doors and ceiling,digital cockpit, and great short takeoff and landing performance. A perfect beginners plane.

Air Kaikoura is a small, friendly and highly experienced aeroclub, which provides flight instruction and scenic flights.

All our pilots are flight instructors and our team is enthusiastic about providing our customers with an experience of a lifetime – Book yours today!

Pilot A Plane: Learn to Pilot a Plane with a qualified instructor.

Pilot + Passenger: Take a friend along for the ride with the Pilot A Plane plus Passenger experience.

Location: Kaikoura Airfield, Canterbury. Approx 2 hours drive from Christchurch, 3 hours drive from Nelson.


Please also check out the deals on our other amazing flight options:

Air Kaikoura - Scenic Flight

Kaikoura Whale Watch - Extended Scenic Flight - Air Kaikoura - 40 minute Flight

Pilot A Plane $120.00 (Single Person)
Pilot + Passenger $170.00 (Two Persons)

What's included

  • A briefing on the controls of the aircraft and the flight
  • A 20 minute flight
  • A certificate of your flight experience which you can use towards further flight training


  • Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience


  • Weight restrictions apply, please contact the operator for specific weights.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Maximum weights do apply in small aircraft; if you think you may exceed 120kgs, please contact the operator as they may need to reserve additional seats.
  • Flights are weather dependent and at the pilot’s discretion. Should your flight not go ahead due to weather conditions you will be offered the opportunity to reschedule or alternatively receive a full refund.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Wei Ping from New Zealand wrote on 21 January 2020


Awesome flight. Too bad it was only for 30min. time flies when you are having fun

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Dalice Prebble from New Zealand wrote on 24 November 2019

Absolute fantastic

These guys are true professionals. I was nervous and they were encouraging and supportive. The flight itself was so so worth it. Just do it.

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bruced1 from Australia wrote on 24 October 2019

First time at the controls.

Awesome experience. My instructor Murray was very professional and made me relaxed from the first greeting. Instructions from Murray made it an easy and calming flight up the coast and down the ranges. Lucky enough to spot 3 whales as well. Bonus. A must do in Kaikoura. Great value. Great people.

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Bryan from New Zealand wrote on 29 May 2019

What an incredible experience

The team is as amazing. They were professional, encouraging and fun. Loved every second of it and highly recommend.

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Andrii Krysko from Ukraine wrote on 05 May 2019

Best ever

It was amazing !

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