Welcome to the Tauranga Aeroclub

Here at the Tauranga Aero Club we can provide you with the flight experience of a life time, from your first introductory flight lesson through to a magical scenic flight that you will remember for a long time. Located at Tauranga in the spectacular Bay of Plenty we have it all, superb scenery, magical seascapes, steaming volcanoes, pristine beaches and a favorable climate and environment for flight training. For more information please phone 07 575 3210 or email tgaeroclub@gmail.com.

What we do

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Flight Training

The core activity of the Tauranga Aero Club is flight training of student and professional pilots towards their Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence,  and Instructor Rating, as well as type ratings and Biennial Flight Reviews. Through our partnership with Sunair Aviation we also train pilots    towards their  Instrument Rating and First Conversion  to Multi Engine Type. The club employs a dedicated team of full time, professional flying instructors  and operates a  small fleet of training aircraft. For more on flight training at the  club, and for frequently asked questions, click on the Training page from the  menu  opposite.

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available if you want to give someone else the gift of flying. We can tailor a gift voucher to meet any requirement, such as a hands on trial flight with an instructor, an aerobatic flight, a gift voucher valid for an introductory training package covering several lessons, or a scenic flight. If you want to know more, contact us anytime.

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Aircraft Charter

Air transport charter flights can be arranged to any location in New Zealand. We have four and six seat aircraft available, supplied with a pilot. All Air Transport flights are operated by Sunair Aviation. Contact us to find out more.

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Aircraft Hire

Licenced pilots are able to hire club aircraft for their own use. For information on our hire rates click on the Aircraft Hire page from the menu opposite.

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Club Events, Competitions, and Flying Trips

The Tauranga Aero Club has an active membership of pilots and students. Flying competitions are held monthly, and club trips and flyaways happen frequently during the year. You can see what has been going on recently by reading archived newsletters from the Archives menu opposite, or check out our Facebook page for the latest news and information.

Young Eagles and the Gateway Programme

The club runs programmes to introduce young people to flying, both as a career and as a pastime. The Young Eagles is a programme run through Flying New Zealand during weekends – click on the Young Eagles page from the menu opposite to find out more. The Gateway Programme is an educational course that runs through secondary schools in the Bay of Plenty. It leads to a NZQA approved Level 2 Certificate in Aviation (Introductory). If you want to find out more, contact your Gateway coordinator at your local secondary school, or contact us anytime.

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Hire of Clubrooms and Bar

We have dedicated clubrooms, kitchen, and bar facilities which are available to hire for events. Our hangar is also fully carpeted and can accommodate a large crowd. Click on the Hire of clubrooms and bar page from the menu opposite to find out more.


Use of L261 and L265

The Tauranga Aero Club is the designated controlling agency responsible for the conditions of use of Low Flying Areas L261 and L265. For information on the conditions of use of these training areas, click on the Use of L261 and L265 page from the menu opposite.

Beautiful Day for a Scenic Flight

Some photographs taken recently during a scenic flight over Tauranga and White Island



Tauranga Aero Club Takes Delivery of New Cessna 152

IMG_0238The Tauranga Aero Club announces the arrival of the latest addition to the aeroclub owned fleet – a Cessna 152. ZK-FMV is now on line and being used by club members and students. FMV has a long history of flight training in New Zealand, and has been used by many private and commercial pilots in the course of gaining their qualifications over the years. The purchase of this aircraft marks a significant milestone for the club, being the first aircraft bought by the club for over a decade.

2014 National Flying Competitions a Blazing Success

The 2014 RNZAC National Flying Competitions were hosted by the Tauranga Aero Club in February. Good weather, a great turnout from clubs all over New Zealand, excellent organisation by the RNZAC executive, and and army of volunteers made this a successful weekend. The club would like to thank everyone who volunteered in some way. Thanks go out also to the Airways team in the tower who coped with the high workload over the three days without breaking a sweat.






Wigram Cup Returns to Tauranga

The Tauranga Aero Club flying team had a successful trip down to Motueka last month for the Flying New Zealand national flying competitions, bringing home the coveted Wigram Cup for the top flying team in the country. From left to right are Roy Edwards, Sam Godfrey, Dan Campbell, and David Campbell.

Wigram Cup winners

New Aeroclub President Shane Anderson

Shane Anderson, seen here at Big Bay in the South Island, took over as President this year. Shane takes the helm during what is turning out to be a very busy time for the club. Shane is the good looking one on the left.

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