Welcome to the RNZAF School to Skies website

Are you a Year 13 female who has an interest in maths and science? New Zealand needs more women in the aviation industry as Engineers, Technicians, Pilots and more! You have more choices than you probably realise. 

Could aviation be the perfect future for you? 

We are giving 40 students from around NZ a chance to spend 7 days with us to find out.

Aviation offers something for everyone, whether you want to spend your days in the skies or keep your feet firmly planted on the ground! Our “School to Skies” Programme is a Tech and Aviation Camp that will give you the chance to try before you buy. Applications are open for girls in Year 13, from anywhere in NZ, who are currently studying NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) maths AND science subjects. 

Travel costs to and from RNZAF Base Woodbourne will need to be met by you, noting there may be limited travel subsidies available for qualifying applicants*. All other costs including food and accommodation will be taken care of by us.

*To qualify for a subsidy, applicants will need to provide supporting statements from a school representative. We will email applicants with a subsidy request form to complete following receipt of their School to Skies application form.

What does the programme involve?

This hands-on programme is a unique opportunity to experience what a career in a technical or aviation field would be like. What you'll get out of the programme:

+ Learn the basics of flight and how aircraft work; 

+ Get hands-on experience fixing a real aircraft; 

+ Grow confidence in your choice of maths and science subjects at school and learn how to apply this knowledge in a real career; 

+ Plan a real flight mission; 

+ Develop your leadership and resilience skills during our specialist workshops; 

+ Mix and mingle with our fantastic servicewomen who were once just like you, looking to make a decision about their future; and 

+ Ask questions, hear stories, make like-minded friends and see if a career in an RNZAF aviation or technical role is for you! 


Who can apply

Applicants must be: 

+ a female in Year 13. 

+ currently studying a Level 3 NCEA (or equivalent) maths AND science subject

+ healthy with a moderate level of fitness.

RNZAF School to Skies


RNZAF Base Woodbourne

Located 8km west of Blenheim

Phone: Squadron Leader Sarah Collins, 021 928 890

Email: schooltoskies@nzdf.mil.nz


We're taking School to Skies ON THE ROAD! If you are interested in creating STEM learning opportunities for groups in your School or Organisation, find out more about our School to Skies ON THE ROAD programme.