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60 Min Full Motion F-18 Simulator Session provided by The Aviator Experience

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60 Min Full Motion F-18 Simulator Session

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The only full motion F-18 simulator in NZ or Australia outside of the military. Highly rated by ex military and commercial airline pilots. Whether it's just flying around, taking off and landing or full on combat, this is the most realistic combat aircraft simulator around. NB: Combat is not recommended to 1st time flyers
Important Information
Departure Point
The Aviator Experience, 142 Aerodrome Road Hangar 7, Tauranga Airport, Bay Of Plenty 3116, New Zealand
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 60 Minutes in a Full Motion (6DOF) F-18 Hornet Simulator
  • A full briefing is provided so allow an extra 15 minutes
  • An instructor will guide you through flying this aircraft simulator
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with Epilepsy
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Catie wrote a review Dec. 2019
2 contributions
This has got to be the most fun I’ve had in ages; a very unique experience! It was really exciting going on the various simulators and especially setting up a dogfight on Spitfires. I even landed a plane and only caused (theoretically) $1 million damage which was pretty good
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Date of experience: December 2019
Mcshambles wrote a review Dec. 2019
Tauranga, New Zealand5 contributions4 helpful votes
Absolutely amazing. Realistic and full control of the simulator. Offered different options whilst at the controls along with guidance from the owner. Would recomend this experience for those who would like to try their hand at flying. Excellent value for money
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Date of experience: December 2019
nicam1 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Thanks again. I have now done about 10 hours on these sims. They are so real! You just loose your self in a VR world. If you like flying they are for you. The setup is so professional. Service is superb. Make sure you allow the second hour, you won’t want to get off them.
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Andyb wrote a review Nov. 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My wife got me the F18 simulator experience for my birthday, and it was absolutely amazing. The simulator itself is full motion, so you are actually physically moving around as you fly the plane, and the VR goggles mean you can just look all around your aircraft. By the end I
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from AviatorExp, Owner at 60 Min Full Motion F-18 Simulator Session
Responded Nov. 24, 2019
Wow - thank you for such a great review, we really appreciate the kind words and that everyone enjoyed themselves. Don't forget the $120,000,000 you owe us for the 2 x F-18's :)
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Sweet Dough wrote a review Nov. 2019
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand4 contributions
We went down to The Aviator for a group party and had the best time! Along with the super cool flight simulators where you can fly on your own or battle out your friends in the simulators next to you they also have epic location!!! The roller door of the hanger opens up right
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Date of experience: November 2019
About the operator

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By: The Aviator Experience
Wicked Experience!!
Had an absolute blast doing the F18 Full Motion simulator - it is such a surreal experience and am looking to bring
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Awesome experience!
My 14 year old son did the 30 minute F18 experience. He loved it and Craig talked him through all aspects of the e
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Birthday fun
Our son's grandparents bought him a voucher for his birthday. He went today and he had an amazing time. From the be
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Epic 16th birthday party!
My son, 4 of his mates, Dad & Grandad had the most awesome time at the Aviator today 😍🎂 They haven’t stopped talk
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Myself and a few friends had a fantastic, full evening of flying, dog fighting, beers and bbq (almost on the runway
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Amazing Experience & So Fun
This was an incredible experience and so much fun to get totally immersed with the VR and really feel like you are
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Dogfighting in a Spitfire
This was my second visit to The Aviator Experience. Craig goes out of his way to ensure you get the most from your
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Realistic flight in a Spitfire
Wow I bought this as an anniversary present for my husband, what an experience. Craig was very friendly and informa
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Great fun for aviation fans and gamers
Went with father, husband, nephew and brother - a real family experiences as dad had bought us the sim experience v
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"So Much Fun"
This was a surprise booked for my birthday. I had a go at the F18 fighter experience and loved every minute of it!
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Best VR I have ever seen
Today I had a go in the jet fighter. The experience was amazing. Felt so real. Made my stomach drop and was so rea
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Epic day !
Great fun! Took my father on in a dog fight both flying spitfires over northern France. was awesome fun...apart fro
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Excellent experience!!!
Flew spitfires and jets and felt so real!!!!!! Excellent experience and got to shoot my mate out of the sky!! Aweso
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Pretty awesome experience.
Lots of fun and a great experience. A must do if your thinking about it. Even as a seasoned flight simer this was n
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Total immersion Huey and Spitfire VR simulator experience!
What a brilliant birthday present!! From the moment you step in the door your immersion experience begins and keeps
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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