Travel Update

Travel Update

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Experience a bird's eye view of Queenstown on a paraglide or hang glide flight.

Experience the most spectacular views of the Whakatipu Basin by paragliding the skies above Queenstown.

Paragliding was introduced to Queenstown in 1987 by Rene Schwaller. Rene learned how to paraglide in Switzerland and returned home to Queenstown equipped with two modified parachutes and a new skill, which he demonstrated by jumping off Bob’s Peak. 

In the early 90s Queenstown became home to hard-core paragliders who hiked up tall peaks and flew off them. Visitors wanted to have a go too, and commercial operators started offering hang-gliding and paragliding experiences. The first tandem paraglider was invented here by local Olympian Bruce Grant.

Paragliding and hang gliding operators in Queenstown are fully qualified and have top safety records, so relax and enjoy the sensational ride.