You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the skies of the Wairarapa from Hood Aerodrome, Masterton in one of two De Havilland Tiger Moths.
You can choose where you want to fly but here are some examples:
20 min. flight
- a circuit around Masterton and Gladstone with the option of three basic aerobatic manoeuvers
30 min. flight
- a circuit to Masterton and Gladstone plus an extended flight along the foothills of the Tararua Ranges
60 min. flight
- fly as far as the vineyards of Martinborough and with some optional aerobatics
Everything happens from the George Hood Centre at Masterton Aerodrome, where all flights are processed and you receive your flying suit and helmet.
Both aircraft can be taken up at the same time for couples to take some photos of each other flying and share the experience.
Groups flying on weekends can wait for other members in the Kittyhawke Cafe.
You're in good hands!
New Zealand Warbirds Ltd hold a Rule Part 115 Adventure Aviation certificate issued by the NZ Civil Aviation Administration. This allows the carriage of passengers in Special Category Aircraft such as Tiger Moths. The conditions of the Part 115 certificate require the same standards as airlines have to operate by and these standards apply to New Zealand Warbirds. The Sport & Vintage Society operate Adventure Aviation Flight as a subsidiary of New Zealand Warbirds but under the same scrutiny as the parent organisation.
And what a magnificent backstory!
ZK-ANL was built in England in 1940 and started life as an RAF trainer. Soon after WW2 it was exported to New Zealand where it became the primary trainer for the Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club based at Waipukurau. It was sold to an Agricultural Aviation Company in Hastings where it became a well-known Tiger spraying crops around Hastings. It became the last Agricultural Tiger Moth in the World when it completed its last Ag-flight on Christmas eve 1980. It then went into the ownership of several private owners and is currently owned by Penny Wylie. She has leased the aircraft to the NZ Sport & Vintage Aviation Society.
ZK-BLK was built at Rongotai, Wellington in 1940 and impressed into service with the RNZAF as a primary trainer at the RNZAF base in Wigram where it trained many of the RNZAF WW2 airmen. From the Air Force it was purchased by the Wanganui Aero Club and used as a primary trainer for many years. During its time with the WAC, BLK trained many of the post war topdressing pilots. It was sold to Mr Ivan East, an aircraft engineer based at Rongotai where it again trained aero club pilots. Subsequently Mr East gifted the aircraft to the NZ SVAS in 1975 and it has been owned by the society ever since.