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. The Boeing Stearman is 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 availability dependent.

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Boeing Stearman Flights

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 $385 (25 min actual air time.) 
The Deluxe Flight Package costs $400 and includes a DVD (or USB stick) 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 Deluxe 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:
3,000 ft tow for $199 - approx 20 min flight
4,000 ft tow for $250 - approx 30 min flight
5,000 ft tow for $349 - approx 40 min flight
This introductory glider 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 these flights - enquire in the Gift Shop, or ring us on 07 572 4000 to make your advance booking. Please ring the Glider Club directly for bookings made on the day 07 575 6768
Please note Glider flights are only available on weekends and Public Holidays.
Photo courtesy of Chris Guy

Currently not flying until alert Level 1, Vouchers available for purchase
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DC-3 Scenic Flights Over Bay of Plenty

DC-3 flights are back for this summer November 2021 to March 2022.

We are looking forward to hosting the Air Chathams crew and their wonderful old aircraft again in the 2021 / 2022 summer season. The dates that we will be operating scenic flights are listed below:

November   Sat 13th, Sat 20th, Sat 27th
December   Sat 4th, Sat 11th, Sat 18th & Sun 19th
January       8th & 9th, 29th & 30th
February     12th & 13th, 19th & 20th, 26th & 27th
March          5th & 6th, 12th & 13th
Demand for the flights will be strong as this is a very popular activity and at only $99 per seat. This makes it a very cost effective way for locals and visitors alike to see Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Matakana Island and the beautiful natural harbour from the air.

Contact us to purchase a Gift Voucher that you can give to friends or family. It will make the ideal gift for someone.

While Auckland is in Level 3 lockdown we are unable to take bookings on the DC-3 as the crew are unable to leave Auckland. Once Travel restrictions are lifted we will be able to book seats on the aircraft.

This year the aircraft will be operating in its new NAC colour scheme commemorating its time in operation with our National Airline during the 1950's and 1960's.

Depending upon the weather and local conditions on the day, the aircraft may stretch its wings to different destinations in the Bay of Plenty - these will be announced at the pilot briefing before each flight.
All passengers get complimentary entry to the Classic Flyers Aviation Museum before and after the flight.
Choose from a range of reasonably priced DC-3 gifts to remember your flight by from the Museum Gift Shop.

Make an event of your flight by enjoying a meal or a drink at AvGas Cafe & Bar with friends and family.


The DC-3 is a classic design that revolutionised air travel in the years leading up to WWII 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. The flight attendants are dressed in 'period era' uniforms, and classic tunes will be playing over the PA system.


A scenic flight in the DC-3 is a great way for any boss to show their appreciation to employees for a job well done during the year. We can put together a special flight and meal package at Classic Flyers, that would truly make a memorable day. Call us to find out more.

For more information about the DC-3 Aircraft and its operators Click here

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