Get airborne at Classic Flyers

Feel the wind in your face as you fly over Tauranga in an open cockpit reliving the true excitement of flight. The passengers experience starts with getting suited up in a flight suit, helmet and goggles, then being strapped into the cockpit and briefed on the flight while the aircraft is flight prepped and started up. We have two open cockpit biplanes, the Boeing Stearman and the Grumman Ag-Cat.  These aircraft are based at Classic Flyers and can be booked any day of the week weather permitting, contact Classic Flyers today.

Please note that all flights are weather and aircraft servicability dependent

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Boeing Stearman

The Boeing Stearman was designed as a WWll pilot trainer.  It is a biplane, of which 8584 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s as a military trainer aircraft.  In the immediate post-war years they became popular as crop dusters and as sports planes.

This aircraft can take 1 passenger. 

The Basic Flight costs $355 (25 min actual air time.) 
The Deluxe Flight Package costs $377 and includes a DVD of a scenic flight of the aircraft + a certificate and photo to commemorate your flight.

Gift Vouchers are available for this flight - enquire in the Gift Shop or click here to shop online for the Basic flight voucher or click here to shop online for the Delux flight voucher.

Check out the video of the Boeing Stearman in flight (CLICK HERE)


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Glider flights

Experience the wonder of soaring flight over our magnificent Bay of Plenty with the opportunity to try 'hands on' Glider flights with the qualified instructors from the Tauranga Gliding Club. Two popular options are available:
A 3,000 ft tow for $199 - approx 20 min flight
A 4,000 ft tow for $250 - approx 30 min flight
A 5,000 ft tow for $349 - approx 40 min flight
This introductory glider flight flight voucher entitles the bearer to receive a briefing on the glider, it's instruments & controls from your instructor & take an aero tow.
The bearer will receive a 3 month club membership to TGC with 2 further flights at club rates.
Gift Vouchers are available for this flight - enquire in the Gift Shop, or ring us on 07 5724000 to make your advance booking. Please ring the Glider Club directly for bookings made on the day 07 5756768
Please note Glider flights are only available on weekends and Public Holidays.
Photo courtesy of Chris Guy
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2017/2018 DC3 Scenic Flights Over Tauranga This Summer Season are Closed!

This season nearly 1100 people treated themselves to a good old fashioned luxury 30 minute scenic flight over Tauranga.

They experienced glamour, nostalgia and romance on an original Douglas DC3 Skyliner ZK-AWP. 
Max 28 passengers per flight!
So tickets will be limited each day.

There were up to 3 flights each day starting at 10.30 am. Towards the end of the season with the popularity of the flights we were doing up to 5 flights.

COST - $99 per person (adult or child)

All passengers had free entry to the Classic Flyers museum!

Highlights and Inclusions (weather dependent)

Depending upon the weather and local conditions on the day, the aircraft may undertake either one of the following flight paths...

Flight Path 1
  • Cruise the North West coastline over Matakana Island towards Athenree and the Waihi area
  • Return to Tauranga flying over the patchwork quilt of kiwi fruit orchards and farms
  • Circle over Tauranga City and Mt Maunganui before landing

Flight Path 2
  • Fly out to Motiti and then circle down to Maketu on the South Eastern coast of the Bay
  • Circle back over the kiwifruit orchards of Paengaroa and Te Puke
  • Cross over the Papamoa Hills to Eastern Tauranga
  • Circle over Tauranga City and Mt Maunganui before landing

The DC3 is a classic design that revolutionised air travel in the years leading up to WW2 and beyond. This immortal aircraft featured the very best design elements of her day and is often regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. She flies comfortably at a sedate speed and a lower altitude and that makes her an ideal platform for air touring and aerial sightseeing.
Inside ZK-AWP you will find a pleasant, commercially styled cabin with a single aisle and two seats either side of the aisle. Generous square shaped windows offer good outside viewing and photo opportunities.
Let the hum of the engines transport you back to the 1950's when these amazing machines frequented the New Zealand countryside. Our flight attendants are dressed in 'era' uniforms, and classic tunes will be playing over the PA system.

To see a promotional video of the DC3 in operation with Air Chathams Click here.

For more information about the DC3 Aircraft and its operators Click here

Contact us to find out more about the Air Chathams DC-3 scenic flights
ph 07 572-4000

A group of passionate individuals got together to achieve this dream of creating Classic Flyers to protect the rich and precious history of New Zealand aviation.

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