What is the difference between Paragliding and Hang Gliding?
With Paragliding you are in a sitting position and with Hang Gliding you are in a prone, facing down position. Both activities are a lot of fun. Give it a go! Why not try both in a combo!?
What do I need to bring?
Bring some good footwear (sneakers, running shoes), something that can give you good ankle support, as you are required to do a short run on take off. Also bring a warm top to wear. And don’t forget your camera. The views are just fantastic.
How long does the whole trip take?
Allow about 2 hours in summer and 2 1/2 hours in winter for the round trip – that is from the time we pick you up to the time you will be back in Queenstown. For Combos allow 3-4 hours.
How long am I in the air for?
We fly from the highest take off point in Queenstown, Coronet Peak. The average flight time in summer on the parglider is 12-15 mins, on the hang glider 10-12 mins. For our winter tandem flights off the summit of Coronet Peak we are averaging 15-20 mins. We rely on mother nature, so it can vary quite a bit, sometimes the flights are longer than the average, sometimes a bit shorter.
Are there any restrictions?
Yes. The minimum weight for a passenger on a paraglider is 20 kg, the maximum is 110kg. For hang gliding the minimum weight we can carry is 20 kg and the maximum is 90kg.(Conditions apply and weight restrictions might vary throughout the year).
No refund given if exceeding the maximum passenger weight.
How do I get to the take off?
We provide free transport from Queenstown to Coronet Peak and back. In winter you will need to bring cash to pay for the chairlift pass for a ride up at Coronet Peak to access our snow launch sites.
Where is the pickup point?
We pick up from outside the Cardrona Shop, 37 Camp Street, in Queenstown.
How do I know if the trip goes ahead?
You will need to weather check with us half an hour before departure time on freephone 0800 46 7325 (0800 GO PEAK) or 021 826336 (021 TANDEM). If we can’t fly due to the weather conditions we will try and accommodate you at another time/day.
As our activities are weather dependent, we would recommend to book your paragliding/hang gliding experience earlier during your stay in Queenstown rather than later. That way you have got a greater chance of flying.
What are the Cancellation policies?
If the trip has to be cancelled due to weather conditions, there are no cancellation fees. However, if you cancel your trip within 48hr of departure, there is a 20% cancellation fee applicable. Cancellations within an hour of departure require a 50% cancellation fee.
No refund is given, if customer is not turning up on time for departure of the trip.
A change of booking fee of NZ$50 per person will apply.
Can I bring a friend to watch?
We’d love you to bring a friend along to watch as long as we have got room in the van. There is a small charge of NZ$20 per spectators.
Can I bring my camera during the flight?
It is a no go for cameras for the hang gliding, I am afraid. You can bring your little action camera on your paragliding flight as long as it is mounted on a chest harness. Big SLR cameras are a no go as well.
Do I need to declare any Medical Conditions? And what are they?
It is important for all customers to declare any of the below medical conditions. Please note this does not necessarily exclude a person from doing our activities.
– Heart Condition
– Recent Sprains or Muscular injuries
– Panic/Anxiety Attacks
– High/low Blood Pressure
– Bone Disorders
– Fragile Skin
– Neurological Disorders
– Physical Impairment
Do you do photos and videos?
Yes. Photos and videos are available for purchase.
Will I be able to fly the glider?
We certainly like to give you a go at flying the paraglider, as long as the conditions allow the pilot to hand over the controls to you. For hang gliding we do have an Instructional Tandem Hang gliding product, which allows you to fly the glider – again conditions permitting.
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