Fly in New Zealand

A unique combination of First World facilities and friendly locals means New Zealand is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for International Students. The New Zealand Government is welcoming of International students and visa processes are generally very straight forward. International Students can even work part time on a student visa. (For more information on visas check out Immigration NZ's website here.)

New Zealand Aviation is situated at the Matamata airfield, in the heart of the Waikato farmlands. The area is a rural community of about 6,000 people, nestled at the base of the Kaimai ranges. The updrafts from these hills make this area a world-class location for flying, gliding and other activities.

The benefits of a small town with no traffic lights include an easy-going lifestyle, safe communities and friendly locals. City attractions are close-by too, with Auckland just 90 minutes away and Hamilton a short 30 minute drive. 

There are major benefits to a Flying Student in a smaller town too, namely:

  • Flight time actually spent Training. Measured time in an aircraft start from the moment the Master Switch is activated. If you’re spending time on the ground waiting for take off clearance, taxiing or being routed to a General Flying Area, this is time taken out of the lesson (that you’re paying for) and not learning anything. Generally students at flight schools at busy airports take more hours (and pay more money) to complete their licences.

  • Variety of Conditions. Conditions like temperature, altitude, mountainous terrain, coastlines, expansive countryside, humidity and wind can all have a dramatic effect on aircraft performance. As a trainee pilot, you need to be exposed to, and trained for, as many real-world conditions as possible.

  • Relevance of Training. Being accredited by NZQA means our qualifications are directly linked with the workforce and skill needs of individuals, groups of learners, employers, industry and communities.

Pastoral Care

We understand that the shift to higher career studies is a challenging experience. We are committed to helping make sure your stay is hassle-free, rewarding and fun.

As a small institution, New Zealand Aviation provides hands-on guidance and individual attention to each student.

Your safety and success are of utmost importance to us. You have access to a full range of procedures, support services & other tools to ensure the best possible training experience.


Our passionate and welcoming instructors help you to achieve your goals and ensure you have fun while doing it. Traditions are kept alive at New Zealand Aviation, so watch out for the cold Matamata water after your first solo flight!



The most popular accommodation option for students is sharing a house with fellow students. This lets you make friends and settle down faster, while also being very cost-effective. The accommodation is usually single or twin-share with common laundry, shower and kitchen. You can live in Matamata for $200 to $250 per week. New Zealand Aviation can assist in arranging accommodation if desired. You will need to organise your own transport to and from the Airfield, many students buy a car whilst studying.

Places of interest

For the times when our students aren't flying, there are plenty of other things to do too. Our airfield is close to Hobbitton - a set from Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movies. The Kaimai cheese factory and Opal Hot Springs are well worth a visit too.

Kiwi's are known for our outdoor lifestyle, and this means there are also forest & river walks, mountain biking, trial rides, horse riding, fishing, beaches and surfing nearby.


Our 2019 Intakes are:

  • 18 February 2019

  • 1 April 2019

  • 1 July 2019

  • 7 October 2019

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How long will it take to complete my study?

All international students must be enrolled on a full time course for visa requirements

Integrated Commercial Pilots License and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating — 12 months

Private Pilots License — 3 months

Commercial Pilots License — 8 months

Multi-engine instrument rating — 3 months

We also offer a Commercial Pilots license with DCGA multi-engine requirements course for Indian nationals which can be completed in 10 months

Tuition for ground theory subjects is compulsory to all international students and is structured into the above course durations

Cost / Fee Structure

Contact us for more information on our latest pricing

Entry Criteria

All Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.

  • Have a current Class 1 Medical certificates.

  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake the Programme with a reasonable likelihood of success, evidenced by completion of a compulsory selection interview as well as clear psychometric test.

  • Have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0.


Professional Courses

We’ve been training pilots for the past five years, and are very proud of our experienced instructors with an excellent safety record. The instructors take a personalised approach to your flight training and are committed to your success.

The courses we currently offer are:

  1. Private Pilot License

  2. Commercial Pilot License

  3. Multi-engine instrument rating

The Admission Process

New Zealand Aviation is committed to providing a world-class learning experience to its students. All applications received will be processed on a first-come-first serve basis. Our team of directors and instructors will personally scrutinise all applications to ensure an impartial review. 

1.  Contact us for an application form and prepare the necessary documents to apply

2. Send in your application for the course you require

3. Receive your offer of place and confirmation of start date

4. Apply to Immigration New Zealand for a Student Visa

5. Receive Visa Approval 

6. Arrive in NZ prior to your course start date.

We're here to assist at any time during this process so please make sure you keep in contact with our enrolment team.


We have regular intakes for its courses throughout the year, subject to availability. Contact us for further details.