Thursday, 18 May 2017


Many countries are available for flight training; fortunately the student pilot has a large choice. Countries such as the USA are popular choices, but often overshadow small countries such as New Zealand with a more relaxed environment.

New Zealand is a twin island nation completely in the Southern Hemisphere, with a population of slightly over 4.5 million. This is less than many of the world's major cities! A small population means less crowded skies, and a much more friendly environment for training and in which to live. The North Island is the location of Wellington (New Zealand's capital city) and Auckland. The South Island is home to Christchurch and the "Southern Alps". The "Southern Alps" are a famous and beautiful mountain range making New Zealand's South Island famous.


The climate of New Zealand is surprisingly mild. It generally has a maratime climate with summer temperatures averaging around 20-30C and winter temperatures around 10-15C. These temperatures are very comfortable and ideal for flight training. It is interesting the summer months are December, January and February, and the winter months are June, July, and August. The seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.

New Zealand also has a reputation of having a relaxed, laid back environment with a friendly population. All have made New Zealand an ideal location for training to become a pilot.