New Zealand Paragliding Site Records

New Zealand Paragliding Site Records

Updated by the administrator of the NZ PG flights database, Tim Percival.
Last updated 08 August 2017.



Open Distance
FAI Out-and-Back
FAI Triangle

About NZ Site Records
Flights Pending PCC Ratification

Related table:
Longest Flights from Individual Take-off Points

Open Distance


Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off

Northland

Kamo

38.5

Gary Sands

31/08/2005

Auckland

Bridges

67.1

Grant Middendorf

28/08/2004

Auckland

Dills Hill

59.1

Wayne Rohrs

24/02/2013

Auckland

Five Fingers

40.0

Jeff Ripley

26/10/2006

Auckland

Moirs Hill

67.2

Evan Lamberton

09/10/2015

Auckland

Pakiri Hill

24.5

Lukas Walton-Keim

31/01/2017

Auckland

Puketutu

64.2

Jeff Ripley

21/11/2008

Waikato

Alans Hill

67.4

Bruce Vickerman

18/03/2014

Waikato

Harrys Hill

26.2

Bruce Vickerman

13/12/2013

Waikato

Kaimai Range

80.9

Mark Macdonald

30/01/2017

(Kaimai)

Waikato

Pukemore

68.9

Jeff Ripley

08/11/2008

Waikato

Puriri Hill

17.5

Bruce Vickerman

25/10/2014

Waikato

Te Hoe - Maungakawa

65.4

Grant Middendorf

01/02/2003

(Te Hoe)

Waikato

Te Kuiti

71.5

Russell Read

01/03/2001

(Awakino Hill)

Waikato

Waihi

55.9

Bruce Vickerman

15/01/2015

(Mt Misery)

Bay of Plenty

Komata

32.4

Bruce Vickerman

14/02/2007

(Black Rocks)

Bay of Plenty

Matawai

21.3

Russell Read

21/01/2002

Bay of Plenty

Mt Edgecumbe

21.0

Russell Read

30/11/1996

Bay of Plenty

Paeroa

78.0

Shaun Gilbert

10/03/2015

Bay of Plenty

Whakaahu

44.6

Bruce Vickerman

28/08/2006

Hawkes Bay

Burma Road

84.5

Shaun Gilbert

04/03/1998

Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Peak

125.0

Shaun Gilbert

10/01/1999

Hawkes Bay

Turiri

94.0

Shaun Gilbert

20/03/2015

Hawkes Bay

Zolas

35.1

Craig Collings

06/02/1997

Manawatu

Heights Road

29.0

Laurie Ross

22/02/2003

Wairarapa

Bennetts Hill

14.8

Mick Kennish

06/02/2014

Wairarapa

Dalefield Road

30.2

Barry Baxter

01/01/2008

Wairarapa

Kourarau

47.8

Mick Kennish

03/04/2015

Wairarapa

Oyster Shell

40.0

Gary Steele

01/11/1997

Wellington

Mt Climie

49.5

Gary Steele

04/01/1997

Wellington

Waikanae

29.0

Russell Read

31/03/1999

Nelson

Barnicoat Range

59.5

Craig Collings

23/10/1995

(Barnicoat)

Nelson

Inwoods Lookout

116.3

Tim Percival

30/12/2002

Nelson

Marybank

44.5

Richard Hadfield

15/10/2003

Nelson

Mt Murchison

95.6

Jeff Ripley

29/01/2008

Nelson

Sherry River

39.5

Bryan Moore

10/01/1995

Nelson

St Arnaud

100.4

Tim Percival

11/02/2015

(Parachute Rocks)

Nelson

Takaka - Riwaka

47.3

Robert van den Ham

10/12/1997

(Brown Acre)

Nelson

Tapawera

34.7

Robert van den Ham

22/02/1998

Marlborough

Benhopai

25.0

Angus Tapper

08/11/2000

Marlborough

Black Birch

21.0

Andy Whyte

28/01/1997

Marlborough

Blowhard

110.2

Dean Straker

02/11/2006

Marlborough

Canvastown

30.3

Nick Taber

01/11/2015

Marlborough

Havelock

28.0

Russell Read

04/03/2007

Marlborough

Okiwi Bay

23.2

Pepijn Wyffels

05/01/2017

Marlborough

Picton

26.5

Dave Lochead

02/02/1999

(Collins Hill)

Marlborough

Port Underwood

27.6

Russell Read

24/01/2004

West Coast

Denniston - Millerton

61.3

Bryan Moore

26/12/2015

(Denniston)

Canterbury

Avalanche Peak

90.6

Jean Brossard

09/02/2017

Canterbury

Ben Ohau Range

20.0

Bryan Moore

06/12/2006

(Ben Ohau Peak)

Canterbury

Buscot Hill

48.8

Rory Devine

11/12/2012

Canterbury

Craigieburn Range

88.3

Jean Brossard

23/12/2015

(Cheeseman)

Canterbury

Hunter Hills

12.2

Rob Hughes-Games

11/02/2017

(Mt Studholme)

Canterbury

Libretto Range - Lewis

69.2

Tim Percival

24/02/2013

(Mt Faust)

Canterbury

Little River

29.0

Ross Johnstone

30/11/1998

Canterbury

Mt Alexander

14.0

Ross Johnstone

30/12/1997

Canterbury

Mt Cook Range

136.8

Bryan Moore

09/02/2014

(Ball Spur)

Canterbury

Mt Hutt

30.8

Craig Collings

01/12/1996

Canterbury

Mt Isobel

42.0

Martin Thoma

16/01/1997

Canterbury

Ohau Ski Field

60.0

Bryan Moore

02/03/2001

Canterbury

Port Hills

37.9

Ross Johnstone

15/02/2003

(Castle Rock)

Canterbury

Sealy Range

157.3

Grant Middendorf

03/01/2015

(Sealy Tarns)

Canterbury

Tekapo

55.3

Bryan Moore

08/02/2014

Canterbury

Torlesse Range

20.5

Tim Percival

12/09/1998

(Torlesse - Pt 1842)

Canterbury

Wallace Peak

19.5

Craig Collings
Rodney Burgoyne

19/10/1997

Otago

Cairnmuir

78.2

Dylan Vickerman

30/10/2015

Otago

Cardrona

196.1

Bryan Moore

05/01/2016

Otago

Coronet Peak

170.4

Angus Tapper

23/12/2014

Otago

Gertrude Saddle

131.7

Bryan Moore

28/12/2014

Otago

Glenorchy E. Ranges

182.7

Nick Neynens

29/12/2016

(Stair Peak)

Otago

Haast Pass

113.1

Rory Devine

20/02/2015

(Brewster Hut)

Otago

Hawea Eastern Ranges

114.1

Gert van Maren

05/01/2016

(Pakituhi Spur)

Otago

Hawea Terrace

23.9

Kat West

15/11/2003

Otago

Lindis Pass

33.3

Bryan Moore

10/10/2014

Otago

Long Gully

95.6

Russell Read

07/02/2002

Otago

Matukituki

126.5

Bryan Moore

29/11/2015

(Sharks Tooth)

Otago

Mt Alfred

79.8

Nick Neynens

02/12/2014

Otago

Mt Ida

59.8

Mark Hardman

10/03/2007

Otago

Mt Iron

54.4

Grant Middendorf

06/01/2003

Otago

Mt Maude

122.1

Bryan Moore

29/12/2016

Otago

Obelisk

43.5

Grant Middendorf

13/11/2004

Otago

Pisa Range

142.4

Grant Middendorf

17/10/2005

(Waiorau)

Otago

Remarkables

81.6

Angus Tapper

08/09/2004

Otago

Richardson Mountains

150.9

Bryan Moore

31/12/2015

(Moke Lake)

Otago

Routeburn

235.8

Nick Neynens

05/01/2016

(Sugarloaf Pass)

Otago

Roys Peak

90.0

Bryan Moore

13/11/2000

Otago

Skyline

64.5

Angus Tapper

17/10/1999

Otago

Treble Cone

152.1

Bryan Moore

07/12/2014

Otago

Waikerikeri

41.3

Grant Middendorf

30/10/2005

(Leaning Rock)

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FAI Out-and-Back


Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off

Auckland

Dills Hill

65.8

Jeff Ripley

24/01/2016

Waikato

Kaimai Range

64.1

Evan Lamberton

29/11/2015

(Kaimai)

Bay of Plenty

Paeroa

29.4

Wayne Rohrs

27/02/2014

Hawkes Bay

Burma Road

15.2

Peter Elliott

25/10/2004

Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Peak

50.7

John Morgan

13/03/2016

Nelson

Barnicoat Range

29.0

Stew Karstens

02/08/2006

(Barnicoat)

Nelson

Inwoods Lookout

48.5

Ferdy van Schelven

31/01/2008

Nelson

Mt Murchison

91.0

Stew Karstens

14/12/2014

Nelson

St Arnaud

45.4

Tim Percival

09/04/2010

(Parachute Rocks)

Nelson

Takaka - Riwaka

24.6

Tim Percival

12/09/2007

(Takaka Hill)

Marlborough

Blowhard

50.8

Tim Percival

08/03/2013

Canterbury

Craigieburn Range

62.4

Tim Percival

26/01/2013

(Tims Knob)

Canterbury

Libretto Range - Lewis

30.5

Nick Taber

13/11/2015

(Mt Faust)

Canterbury

Port Hills

22.5

Ross Johnstone

30/12/2003

(Castle Rock)

Canterbury

Tekapo

48.8

Mike McManaway

19/12/1994

Otago

Cardrona

108.7

Bryan Moore

04/01/2016

Otago

Coronet Peak

89.4

Angus Tapper

11/12/2012

Otago

Hawea Eastern Ranges

63.6

Bryan Moore

25/12/2004

(Grandview)

Otago

Long Gully

38.6

Bryan Moore

12/12/2012

Otago

Mt Ida

75.4

Bryan Moore

16/10/2005

Otago

Mt Maude

73.0

Bryan Moore

30/11/2000

Otago

Pisa Range

91.4

Grant Middendorf

24/12/2011

(Waiorau)

Otago

Remarkables

29.2

Simon Battaglia

25/10/1995

Otago

Roys Peak

102.7

Nick Neynens

16/12/2014

Otago

Treble Cone

110.3

Grant Middendorf

23/12/2014

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FAI Triangle


Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off

Bay of Plenty

Paeroa

24.7

Evan Lamberton

18/02/2013

Wairarapa

Kourarau

30.1

John Morgan

05/01/2008

Marlborough

Blowhard

56.9

Tim Percival

08/03/2013

Canterbury

Craigieburn Range

65.0

Craig Collings

11/11/2000

(Helicopter Hill)

Canterbury

Little River

29.3

Ross Johnstone

02/01/2004

Otago

Cardrona

147.7

Bryan Moore

04/01/2016

Otago

Hawea Eastern Ranges

65.3

Grant Middendorf

17/11/2013

(Breast Hill)

Otago

Pisa Range

42.9

Petr Valek

13/12/2006

(Waiorau)

Otago

Roys Peak

134.1

Nick Neynens

16/12/2014

Otago

Treble Cone

99.2

Grant Middendorf

23/12/2014

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About NZ Site Records

1. A 3-D GPS track log of the flight must be presented for all site record claims. (This has been a requirement since April 1, 2009).

2. To qualify as a new record, the existing record must be broken by more than 1% for records up to 100km, or by at least 1km for records over 100km.

3. The FAI Out-and-Back flight type is straight line distance from a start point to any turn point, then back to the start point. (The ‘2-Turn Point Triangle’ flight type where the start and end point is located between the two remote turn points, although scored in the XC Champs, is not a flight type that a site or national record is currently kept for).

4. The FAI Triangle flight type is a triangle defined by 3 turn points, and Turn Point 1 is also the start and finish point. The smallest side of the triangle shall not be less than 28% of the total distance.

5. Mis-close of Out-and-back and Triangle flights.  Since the start of the 2006 NZ XC Champs season, there has been an allowance for pilots not completely returning to their starting point when flying an Out-and-Back or Triangle type of flight task. The ‘mis-close’ amount has varied, but it is currently up to 2% of the flight distance. If the pilot returns to within that ‘mis-close’ distance from their start point at the end of their flight, then they are deemed to have achieved the Out-and-Back or Triangle flight, and so be eligible for a site record. (However, when there is a ‘mis-close’, then the mis-close distance itself is not scored).  The ‘mis-close’ distance is documented in section 6.6.2 of the NZHGPA Paragliding Competition Manual.

6. Flights qualifying as a record in more than one category. Sometimes one flight can be the site best flight for more than one type of flight task.  For example a site best triangle flight may, when measured, turn out to be the best out-and-back flight for that site too. However, it is possible there will be cases where the administrator of the flights database has not noticed that.  If this is the case for one of your flights, then please let the administrator know (currently Tim Percival), so they can update these records accordingly.

7. For more information regarding site records, refer to the Competition Rules that can be found via a link on the Paragliding Competition Downloads page.


Flights Pending PCC Ratification

At the end of the NZ paragliding season, the Paragliding Competition Committee (PCC), or their nominated scruntineer, will usually check the validity of flights of the season that have bettered an existing site record, but only for flights of recognised, commonly-flown sites.  The checking is to determine whether or not the flight has met all requirements for a valid paraglider record flight (as per rule 6.5.1, “Validation of Flight”, of the NZHGPA Paragliding Competition Manual).

If you are reading this and you wish to have a flight of yours, flown from a rarely-visited take-off, ratified and recognised as a record for that take-off, then the onus is on you to submit your flight to the PCC for verification.

The table here lists some of the NZ take-offs from which a flight has been recorded, but which to date do not have any PCC-verified flights.


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