Hang Gliding Competitions

Hang Gliding Competition Committee

Dennis Thorpe

Dennis Thorpe

Competition Committee Member

John Urlich

John Urlich

Competition Committee Member

Tom Mulder

Tom Mulder

Competition Committee Member

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Hang Gliding Leagues

HG Competition List for 2022/2023 Season

Date Location Contact

NZ Nationals

Sat 4 Feb – Sat 12 Jan 2023 (practice 2/3)


Tom Mulder, Shane Mackay,

Steve Cronin

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Omarama Classic

Sat 11th Feb – Sun 19th Feb 2023

Omarama  Bill Degen


Date to be set Aug/Sept

TBD Tom Kellner

Central Otago


TBD John Smith


22-30 Oct (following Labour Weekend)


Tom Mulder

021 148 1831

Aoraki Classic

Wed 28th Dec 2022 – Wed 4th Jan 2023


Rod Stuart

[email protected] 

027 434 4822

Wellington League

Sat 31st Dec – Tues 3rd Jan


Grant Tatham

027 636 3491


Hang Gliding Competition Results

2020 - 2021

Ranking Ladder Results: TBA
Airtribune may be used – to be confirmed

2017 - 2018

2016 - 2017

Hang Gliding National Ladder

Pilot Ladder Open

Pilot Ladder Sport

Club Comp

XC Open Distance

(Sum of best 3 open distances)

Hang Gliding National Records

Category Distance (km) Pilot Date Launch Site to Landing Region
Open Distance 202.3 John Smith 22 Dec 2015 Coronet Peak to Lillybank Otago
Open Distance 177.5 John Smith 22 Dec 2015 Coronet Peak to past Tekapo Otago
Open Distance 172.4 John Smith 19 Dec 2013 Coronet Peak to Tekapo Otago
Open Distance 169.0 Dave Newton Jan 2009 Motueka (Aerotow) to Springs Junction Tasman
Open Distance 145.1 Matt Barlow 1 Dec 2007 Linkwater to past Lake Tennyson Marlborough
Open Distance 142.6 Ian Clarke 28 Jan 1994 Bridges to Lake Omapere Auckland
Open Distance 132 Paul Chisnall 29 Nov 1993 Coronet Peak to Twizel Otago
Open Distance 128 Jess Flynn 1986 Coronet Peak to Kyeburn Otago
Open Distance 121.8 Graeme Henderson 23 Feb 1985 Tara Hills to Palmerston Omarama
Open Distance 82 Graeme Hull 23 Feb 1985  Hospital Hill, Waihi to Port Waikato Bay of Plenty
Open Distance 71.7 Brenie Massey Feb 1984 Kamo to Kerikeri Northland
Open Distance 60 Pat Dreissen 6 Nov 1979 Te Mata Peak to ? Hawkes Bay
Open Distance 50 Rick Poynter 1975 Kariotahi to ? Auckland

Overseas Flights by New Zealanders

Category Distance (km) Pilot Date Launch Site to Landing Region
Open Distance 400.8 Viv Clements 8 Dec 2018 Dalby, Queensland (Aerotow) to nr Morven, Queesnland Australia