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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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Line Loop Tabs

Line Loop Tabs

PARAGLIDER SAFETY NOTICE - CHECK YOUR TABS! Last week an incident of multiple line loop (a.k.a. tab) failures was reported in NZ on a WOF'd, high-airtime Flow XCRacer 1 paraglider. The...

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2024 NZ Paragliding Champs winners - Congratulations.

NZ Champion
Mark Simpson, Louis Tapper, Sanae Noguchi.

NZ Women's Champion
Sanae Noguchi, Nina Harrap, Helen Jeffrey

Fun class
Bernie Massey, Nina Harrap, Chris Adams

Sport Class
Sanae Noguchi, Elliot Revell-Nash, Doug Patterson

Serial Class
Mark Simpson, Aaron Chesterman, Tim Brown

Of note, Bernie Massey is a top level hang glider and sailplane pilot and this is his first PG competition. Sanae is the first female to reach the podium in the overall NZ championship.

This is Evan' s 3rd time running the Nats at Rotorua and mentions 'probably the most enjoyable. Great atmosphere, great flying by all.'
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Contgratulations everyone - and well done to Evan & Johnny 🙂

The winners of 4th edition of Wanaka Hike & Fly:

1st Johannes Marburger
2nd Charles de Beaufort
3rd Emlyn Revell-Nash

Best Flying : Charles de Beaufort
Adventure of the Year: Jakub Rott
MT Outdoors Mad Hiker: Chris Adams
Sportsmanship Award: Josef Kral _
Mitre 10 Mega Wanaka Selfie TP: Lawrie Jeavons

Huge thanks to all those that made this happen:

Best Supporters: Sanae and Megan
Race Director: Kinga Masztalerz - Girl Gone Wild
Safety Officer: Kylie Parkes
Admin and Scorer: Gustavo Iglesias
Technical Officer: Doug Patterson
Thanks to Josh Douglas for the beautiful hand made trophy.
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Congratulations everyone 👏

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And there off - 4th Wanaka Hike n Fly started this morning over looking a beautiful lake Wanaka morning. Good luck to all competitors may you fly far and walk less. ... See MoreSee Less

And there off - 4th Wanaka Hike n Fly started this morning over looking a beautiful lake Wanaka morning. Good luck to all competitors may you fly far and walk less.Image attachment

It's On - The NZ Paragliding Nationals from the 6th to 13th Feb 2024, flying from the Paeroa and beautiful Kaimai Range.

For task and daily scoring visit: xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=387

Comp website: civlcomps.org/event/new-zealand-paragliding-nationals-2024
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Its On - The NZ Paragliding Nationals from the 6th to 13th Feb 2024, flying from the Paeroa and beautiful Kaimai Range.

For task and daily scoring visit: https://xc.highcloud.net/task_overview.html?comPk=387

Comp website: https://civlcomps.org/event/new-zealand-paragliding-nationals-2024

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There will be unofficial live tracking available on PureTrack.io too puretrack.io/?l=-38.36691,176.24642&z=9.0

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It's On - The 46th Hang Gliding Nationals are at Mt Murchison 25 Jan - 03 Feb 2024.

Kudos to the retrieve drivers, good luck, happy thermals and safe flying to all the competitors. Full details at: airtribune.com/46th-new-zealand-hang-gliding-open-championship/blog

Watch all the action on live tracking at: trackme.kiwi/event/unlistedview/2474/995959?fbclid=IwAR0cckrbg5BwDYELYiGJ8tOJIqPPsdLKkc6kLu3WeeLp...
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Its On - The 46th Hang Gliding Nationals are at Mt Murchison 25 Jan - 03 Feb 2024. 

Kudos to the retrieve drivers, good luck, happy thermals and safe flying to all the competitors. Full details at: https://airtribune.com/46th-new-zealand-hang-gliding-open-championship/blog 

Watch all the action on live tracking at: https://trackme.kiwi/event/unlistedview/2474/995959?fbclid=IwAR0cckrbg5BwDYELYiGJ8tOJIqPPsdLKkc6kLu3WeeLpCIQcLdiwL2ZUHkEImage attachmentImage attachment
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