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.


Our 2019 Intakes are:

  • 18 February 2019

  • 1 April 2019

  • 1 July 2019

  • 7 October 2019

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