The mountain flying course was a standout experience in our amazing trip to this beautiful country. We spent three days enjoying epic scenery, building confidence and decision making skills for navigating valleys and saddles in mountainous terrain, and landing at locations ranging from tiny grass strips to a beach to the airport at Milford Sound. Our instructors, Peter and Sue were amazing and have so much experience flying in this area! It was some of the best training I’ve received, and their planning and knowledge of local areas ensured that we had a great learning experience as well as a great tour of the area.

Rebecca – USA (February 2017)


My Mountain Flying Course with Peter and Ash was probably one of, if not the most enjoyable and exciting weeks I have had in 40 years of flying.  The skills I have taken away with me, I know, will make me a better and safer pilot.  I’m in awe of Peter and Ash’s knowledge and abilities as Pilots.  They have inspired me, as Im sure they will you.

Martin – VIC, AUSTRALIA (June 2016)


I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your time last week during the 3 Day Mountain Flying course. 

When I think back, I cannot help but still smile! The magnificent mountains and grass strips are the things non-New Zealand aviators can usually only dream of, yet here you guys are taking us to Mount Cook, Milford Sound and the strips on the side of Lake Wanaka.

The sheer excitement I obtained from visiting these locations was worth every cent and the fantastic learning that I will be applying back in my flying here in Australia is almost an added bonus. I’m particularly grateful for Peter’s comprehensive briefings and for Ash sharing his gliding experience to give a fresh perspective to my flying.

I’ve also got to comment on the rest of the team at Learn To Fly NZ. You guys really know how to make someone feel welcome from the moment you step through the door. Keep doing what you’re doing – it’s great!

I hope to be back before too long!

Thanks and best wishes, 
Peter  – NSW, AUSTRALIA (May 2016)


My experience with Learn to Fly NZ, from start to finish was absolutely great!  From making the initial arrangements via email to the terrific instruction provided and my actual flying experiences, it could not have been better.  Ash and Devon were both terrific – far and away the best flight instruction I have ever had.  Can’t wait to return for more.  

Joan – Texas, USA (Dec 2015)


My most sincere thanks for the best week’s flying I have ever had. I wanted to add a mountain rating to my PPL and could not have chosen a better location or, in my opinion, a better instructor for the training. Peter, your knowledge, experience and passion for flying all shone through in your instruction. It was an absolute pleasure to fly with you.

Everything I’d heard about how beautiful Wanaka, Fiordland and the Southern Alps are, was understatement! It is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Complete contrast for someone like me, who’s spent most of their flying time in the southeast of England, where there is plenty to fly over but not much to fly around, other than a lot of regulated air space and the odd radio mast.

Wanaka Flight Training – “Learn To Fly NZ” is perfectly located in Wanaka for anyone wanting to advance their flying skill in all areas. I’m spreading the word.

My sincere thanks – and to borrow a phrase from a well known US actor and politician, “I’ll be back”

Eddie – UK 


As a private pilot in Australia I recognised that we don’t have heaps of mountains, but wanted to be confident to fly in and around them. New Zealand on the other hand has endless spectacular mountain ranges nearly twice as high.  Perfect!

I looked for a training organisation experienced in mountain flying and discovered Learn to Fly NZ based in Wanaka, just north of Queenstown. The setting is a gem. Runway elevation 1000′ and mountains nearby up to 10,000′.

On my first trip Peter tailored a training course that had me awe struck. Immensely valuable experience with the bonus of spectacular scenery, and some memorable flights into places like Milford Sound. It’s the ultimate training experience.

I highly recommend Peter and the team and look forward to my next trip.

 Terry  – Devonport, TASMANIA