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There are approximately 1500 members in the NZHGPA enjoying New Zealand’s uncrowded skies. There are 11 clubs throughout New Zealand and many commercial schools.

Hang gliding and paragliding are relatively inexpensive and easy to learn. You will fly solo after a few lessons with a certified instructor.

New Zealand is an awesome place to fly with coastal ridges and high mountains offering some of the best flying you can find anywhere in the world.

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New Zealand welcomes visitors, we have fantastic flying sites and something to offer every pilot.

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There are a range of schools available to teach the skills every pilot needs. See the range to find one close to you.

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Featuring content from memebers and instructors, the Airborn magazine is published 4 times a year.

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The NZHGPA is the governing body of paragliding and hang gliding in New Zealand and exists to develop, protect, and promote the sport of hang gliding and paragliding in New Zealand. On this site you can find information about paragliding schools, hang gliding schools, and local paragliding and hang gliding clubs. Login to the Members hub to access member information and resources.

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Professional Photos from the Fly50 Celebrations now available.

Dear Fly50 Attendees, below is a link to the images from our the event in Wellington, the special lunch, flying and evening function. They are coming at small cost to help assist with the considerable time in making the '50 Years of NZ Free Flight' film, which is also completed and soon to be released. You can order digitals or prints straight from the site. Please make contact if you would like enlargements. Best, Ryan 022 658 3001

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Professional Photos from the Fly50 Celebrations now available. 

Dear Fly50 Attendees, below is a link to the images from our the event in Wellington, the special lunch, flying and evening function.  They are coming at small cost to help assist with the considerable time in making the 50 Years of NZ Free Flight film, which is also completed and soon to be released.  You can order digitals or prints straight from the site. Please make contact if you would like enlargements. Best, Ryan 022 658 3001

https://ryanlarraman.shootproof.com/gallery/23214699

Wellington Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club headed by Steve Cronin, braved the weekend weather to promote HG/PG to a wider audience young and old, at the Wings over Wairarapa air show; www.wings.org.nz/

Steve commented; "Friday was very wet when the the children came out but did not dampen the enthusiasm. Saturday was canned because of poor weather. Fortunately the weather played ball on Sunday and what a blast showing what we love to do."

Awesome, well done to all those involved, loving the NZHGPA 50th banners👍
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Wellington Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club headed by Steve Cronin, braved the weekend weather to promote HG/PG to a wider audience young and old, at the Wings over Wairarapa air show; https://www.wings.org.nz/

Steve commented; Friday was very wet when the the children came out but did not dampen the enthusiasm. Saturday was canned because of poor weather. Fortunately the weather played ball on Sunday and what a blast showing what we love to do.

Awesome, well done to all those involved, loving the NZHGPA 50th banners👍Image attachmentImage attachment

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Nice work team ..

Bloody well done Steve & team 👏

Brilliant.

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Registration Opens Tonight at 6 pm for the prestigious New Zealand Paragliding Nationals 2024 - Don't miss out, get in quick to register and secure your spot - Let's Fly.

Comp dates; Mon 5 - Tue 13th Feb 2024, based at HQ Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park. Full information at: civlcomps.org/event/new-zealand-paragliding-nationals-2024
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Registration Opens Tonight at 6 pm for the prestigious New Zealand Paragliding Nationals 2024 - Dont miss out, get in quick to register and secure your spot - Lets Fly.

Comp dates; Mon 5 - Tue 13th Feb 2024, based  at HQ Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park. Full information at: https://civlcomps.org/event/new-zealand-paragliding-nationals-2024

Fly 50 Exhibition last night - WHGPC Thank You for hosting an outstanding celebration weekend of lunch, flying and the evening party at the weeklong freeflight exhibition run by pilot Ian Millar on Wellingtons waterfront - you brought the past to life and created memories to last a life time - Bravo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good memories of flying

Brilliant day and evening ...so nice to catch up.

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Congratulations on fifty years and here's to the next fifty

It's On - Fly 50 Exhibition 5th to 12th Nov 2023

The NZ Academy of Fine Arts on Wellingtons Waterfront nzafa.com/Exhibitions/FLY50

Visit and celebrate 50 years of New Zealanders flying like a bird, using just the power of the sun and wind to soar through the sky. Here the NZHGPA presents a pictorial snapshot through the years of the freedom and adventure borne by local pilots. Come in and be inspired by the sheer beauty of personal free flight.

A small gift on the center table awaits those that attend 😉
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Its On - Fly 50 Exhibition 5th to 12th Nov 2023 

The NZ Academy of Fine Arts on Wellingtons Waterfront https://nzafa.com/Exhibitions/FLY50

Visit and celebrate 50 years of New Zealanders flying like a bird, using just the power of the sun and wind to soar through the sky. Here the NZHGPA presents a pictorial snapshot through the years of the freedom and adventure borne by local pilots. Come in and be inspired by the sheer beauty of personal free flight. 

A small gift on the center table awaits those that attend 😉
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