Glide Omarama

0508 58 55 88| [email protected]| Omarama Airfield, Omarama, 9448 NEW ZEALAND

Omarama, with its clear air, spectacular Southern Alps and all four forms of lift, is arguably the best mountain soaring site in the world. Every day that the wind blows the dynamic ridge lift, feisty thermals and long lines of convergence supplement the outstanding wave conditions. Omarama is one of the very few sites where lee wave regularly occurs in summer.

The Omarama airfield, "in the middle of everywhere" was purpose built for the 1995 World Gliding championships. With hangar space for 60 gliders, on airfield accommodation and camping, and a 10 minute walk to town, it's a great place for a gliding holiday.

Glide Omarama offer adventurous trial flights with a qualified instructor. With modern equipment and highly experienced professional instructors visitors are ensured a safe and memorable soaring experience.

Glide Omarama - it's on everyone's "bucket" list!

"I have enjoyed the thrill of gliding in many places around the world, but the splendour of soaring NZ's Southern Alps from my home at Omarama is second to none. Come share it with us." Gavin Wills, Director

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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a grade 2-3 (easy to intermediate) cycle trail. There are a variety of trail surfaces. Riders are advised to take certain essentials with them (e.g. first aid, repair kit, water, food). Parts of the trail pass through alpine environments, where conditions can change.

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Getting Here

Located in the South Island of New Zealand, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, is the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. It is recommended that you start your ride from Aoraki/Mt Cook - though there are numerous access points along the trail from which to start or end your ride.

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Trail Details & Map

Each of the 9 maps show the elevation, trail surfaces, fitness, skill, traffic, safety notes, and highlights. Please consult the maps to ensure you are prepared for what you'll encounter on each section. Some sections are easy, others more difficult.

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See & Do

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