Child Flight Charitable Trust exists to raise the profile of disadvantaged children in New Zealand communities, and seeks to engage individuals, and organisations to do more in addressing a problem that has been placed in the 'too hard' basket. 

Our Purpose is “to give disadvantaged students a different perspective of their world” through our programs of "Curious Minds-Possible Worlds"  which takes kids on a journey of empathy, friendship & flight.

Our Mission is “to encourage the aviation & education communities throughout New Zealand to join with us helping support disadvantaged students by providing classes teaching Curious Minds followed by free flights”.


By working with any government, funding organisations & private institutions within New Zealand having goals or values similar to those of "Child Flight", we continue the journey towards reaching our goals. 

Being a not-for-profit, Child Flight operates through the charity of our amazing network of sponsors, and our team of volunteers


Child Flight gives disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn & fly in a plane.  A half hour flight followed by lessons in Curious Minds-Possible Worlds gives disadvantaged students a whole new perspective on life- the impact of which may be life changing.  We hope so.

Since being established in 2012, Child Flight Charitable Trust has reached some impressive milestones, having flown over 600 disadvantaged students in 4 years and in 2016 introducing "Curious Minds" working with schools & community organisations.

CHILD FLIGHT in action

One of our major sponsors ANZ and its Staff Foundation put together a short video highlighting the role they played in enabling Child Flight to expand its operations from special needs schools located in Hamilton to the entire country, from Whangarei to Invercargill.

Without our sponsors Child Flight would be unable to operate, let alone sustain its continued development and growth, which in turn helps to increase support for special needs children in our communities.