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Spitfire Lane | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand
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Unique opportunity to fly in an open cockpit 1940s aircraft

After many email exchanges in which I succeeded in thoroughly confusing Julie of Classic flights... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2014
petertheobald
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India
60th Birthday gift

I was given a trip with Classic Flights for my 60th birthday. The whole experience from start to... read more

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Reviewed 19 August 2014
itreknewzealand
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Vintage Tiger Moth Scenic Flights with Classic Flights Wanaka, New Zealand. Have you ever dreamed of experiencing a piece of aviation history? To step back in time where Pilots were larger than life, and heroes to all those who lifted their eyes skyward to the sound of an old Tigermoth flying overhead? Then take a flightseeing trip around Wanaka and see breathtaking New Zealand scenery in a Vintage Aircraft. Experience the excitement of the early flyers and their flying machines; the smell of oil and aviation fuel, combined with the aroma of fresh leather. As you don the old-style leather flying helmet, complete with flying goggles and silk scarf, experience the anticipation of being taken back in time to the nostalgia of this by-gone era.The exhilaration of the open cockpit and the wind in your face - discover the freedom and romance of a vintage scenic flight from Wanaka, one of the most spectacular scenic locations in New Zealand.
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“tiger moth” (44 reviews)
“the loop” (10 reviews)
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Spitfire Lane | Wanaka Airport, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand

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Reviewed 6 November 2014

After many email exchanges in which I succeeded in thoroughly confusing Julie of Classic flights, finally I did the 20 min flight in the Tiger Moth in October. It was a very interesting experience, the only thing I can tell you is, the flight will...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

I was given a trip with Classic Flights for my 60th birthday. The whole experience from start to finish was great. It was great to see Wanaka and the Lake from a biplane and experience the open cockpit with the wind and noise of the...More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

George thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Pleased you enjoyed your 60th birthday present - we sure enjoyed meeting you and taking you flying.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

A barnstorming flight in a Tiger Moth has been on my bucket list for a long time and I have often nearly done it close to home but then I saw the ad for classic flights at lake Wanaka with the photo of the old...More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2014

Thanks for your feedback. We would have to agree that to fly in an old vintage plane over Wanaka is sometimes quite surreal - we live here because it is so beautiful and we love to be able to share this breathtaking place with our...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

I decided to treat myself on our trip - wow, wow and wow! The staff were amazing, the aeroplanes just stunning! I love World War 2 history - I have now sat in the seat used by some of my heroes. I cannot emphasise how...More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Thanks Phil. Its quite thought provoking isn't it when you sit in the seat of the Tigermoths and close your eyes and imagine just what life must have been like in this bygone era. Thanks for experiencing a piece of nostalgia with us and hope...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2014

I have spent 42 years of my life flying and 37 professionally. Last year I went out for the Barnstormer flight and enjoyed it so much I came back again for another flight. When you go through the front door of the office the first...More

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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Bill, was so great to see you again and the fact you enjoyed it just as much the second time was such a compliment - by the sounds of it we may just be seeing you again in another few years too!! Thanks for the...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

The Tiger Moth biplane rides were an absolute blast! The planes were beautiful, weather perfect, the flight suits, jackets, helmet - all felt authentic for the occasion. The 20 minute ride over Lake Wanaka was spectacular and once in a lifetime. The two of us...More

Thank Peter S
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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Thanks for your comments Peter. Getting 2 tiger moths out flying together is just an awesome experience. May they continue to grace our skies for many years to come yet!

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Reviewed 13 February 2014

I took the 30 minute "Ultimate Barnstormer" with Peter in February 2014 in a 1940s Tigermoth, which consisted of a flight over Lake Wanaka followed by some acrobatics: A roll, loop the loop and slow spin. I've never experienced anything like this before and can't...More

Thank Simon G
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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Simon, it was great to meet you and take you flying. I agree, going from an almost hypnotic state to a gentle roller coaster gives you the opportunity to experience a bit of everything. When you've had a flight in a tigermoth you really appreciate...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

From the booking process to taking the flight in the Waco this was absolutely seamless and we could not find fault if we tried. The beauty of the landscape, the feeling of travelling back in time and Peter, our pilot, made this the highlight of...More

Thank Nikki A
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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2014

Thanks for your comments. The Waco is our "new baby". She is the only one of her kind in New Zealand and is just a stunning bi-plane. To sit together in this gorgeous aircraft from the 1930s AND over some of the most beautiful scenery...More

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Classic flight in a Tiger Moth with acrobatics.I would have happily done the whole thing again.Thanks a million

Thank Ron G
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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

The tigers are addictive, thats for sure! So pleased you enjoyed your flight experience with us. The aerobatics are very graceful and so much fun for the adventurous at heart.

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

My husband decided on our honeymoon to do a tiger moth flight. The operators were very helpful. We rang the night before and Peter went out of his way to fit my husband in earlier for a flight as we had limited time. We were...More

Thank Hazel L
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ClassicFlights, Manager at Classic Flights, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2014

Thanks for your feedback. So pleased you took the opportunity to pick up the phone and book to come flying with us. A tigermoth flight is hard to describe until you've actually done it. Peter is determined to still be flying these "old girls" when...More

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