NZ Paragliding - Longest Flights from Individual Take-off Points

NZ Paragliding - Longest Flights from Individual Take-off Points

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



About This List
Take-off Longest Flights
Flights Pending PCC Ratification

About This List

NZ site records are kept for different sites/site groups, where a ‘site group’ is one or more different take-off points grouped together because of their proximity, and/or because a launch point is obscure enough such that it does not warrant a separate stand-alone listing. And to be listed as site in its own right, generally a site must meet a “2+2 rule”, which is that the take-off has been used by 2 or more persons on the same day, on 2 or more days. It's reasoned that if a take-off passes that test, then it must be a place worth flying from, and thus deserves to be listed as a ‘paragliding site’.

How the list below differs from the NZ site records list, is that here the longest flights from the ‘whole caboodle’ of take-off points that are recorded in the NZ PG flight database are detailed. Each take-off point of a site/site group gets an entry in this table, as do take-off points that are on record as having been used only by one person and/or on only one occasion.  Happy browsing :)

Take-off Longest Flights (Open Distance)


Region

Take-off

Distance

Pilot

Date

Site/Site Group

Northland

Kamo

38.5

Gary Sands

31/08/2005

Kamo

Auckland

Bridges

67.1

Grant Middendorf

28/08/2004

Bridges

Auckland

Dills Hill

59.1

Wayne Rohrs

24/02/2013

Dills Hill

Auckland

Five Fingers

40.0

Jeff Ripley

26/10/2006

Five Fingers

Auckland

Moirs Hill

67.2

Evan Lamberton

09/10/2015

Moirs Hill

Auckland

Pakiri Hill

24.5

Lukas Walton-Keim

31/01/2017

Pakiri Hill

Auckland

Puketutu

64.2

Jeff Ripley

21/11/2008

Puketutu

Waikato

Alans Hill

67.4

Bruce Vickerman

18/03/2014

Alans Hill

Waikato

Harrys Hill

26.2

Bruce Vickerman

13/12/2013

Harrys Hill

Waikato

Kaimai

80.9

Mark Macdonald

30/01/2017

Kaimai Range

Waikato

Mt Te Aroha

43.0

Derek Watts

18/09/1995

Kaimai Range

Waikato

Pukemore

68.9

Jeff Ripley

08/11/2008

Pukemore

Waikato

Puriri Hill

17.5

Bruce Vickerman

25/10/2014

Puriri Hill

Waikato

Maungakawa

32.4

Bruce Vickerman

15/02/2014

Te Hoe - Maungakawa

Waikato

Pukeitionga

30.3

Rob Gillard

31/10/2015

Te Hoe - Maungakawa

Waikato

Te Hoe

65.4

Grant Middendorf

01/02/2003

Te Hoe - Maungakawa

Waikato

Awakino Hill

71.5

Russell Read

01/03/2001

Te Kuiti

Waikato

Hospital Hill

39.5

Rob Gillard

14/02/2015

Waihi

Waikato

Mt Misery

55.9

Bruce Vickerman

15/01/2015

Waihi

Bay of Plenty

Black Rocks

32.4

Bruce Vickerman

14/02/2007

Komata

Bay of Plenty

Komata Reef

16.2

Ken Jackson

20/11/2005

Komata

Bay of Plenty

Matawai

21.3

Russell Read

21/01/2002

Matawai

Bay of Plenty

Mt Edgecumbe

21.0

Russell Read

30/11/1996

Mt Edgecumbe

Bay of Plenty

Hickeys Bluff

9.0

Wayne Rohrs

12/03/2016

Paeroa

Bay of Plenty

Paeroa

78.0

Shaun Gilbert

10/03/2015

Paeroa

Bay of Plenty

Whakaahu

44.6

Bruce Vickerman

28/08/2006

Whakaahu

Hawkes Bay

Burma Road

84.5

Shaun Gilbert

04/03/1998

Burma Road

Hawkes Bay

Goat Shed Basin

27.5

Shaun Gilbert

26/01/2016

Kaokaoroa Range

Hawkes Bay

Alligator Tower

67.6

Shaun Gilbert

18/01/1995

Te Mata Peak

Hawkes Bay

Mt Erin

31.2

Shaun Gilbert

20/12/2015

Te Mata Peak

Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Peak

125.0

Shaun Gilbert

10/01/1999

Te Mata Peak

Hawkes Bay

Turiri

94.0

Shaun Gilbert

20/03/2015

Turiri

Hawkes Bay

Zolas

35.1

Craig Collings

06/02/1997

Zolas

Manawatu

Heights Road

29.0

Laurie Ross

22/02/2003

Heights Road

Wairarapa

Bennetts Hill

14.8

Mick Kennish

06/02/2014

Bennetts Hill

Wairarapa

Dalefield Road

30.2

Barry Baxter

01/01/2008

Dalefield Road

Wairarapa

Kourarau

47.8

Mick Kennish

03/04/2015

Kourarau

Wairarapa

Oyster Shell

40.0

Gary Steele

01/11/1997

Oyster Shell

Wellington

Mt Climie

49.5

Gary Steele

04/01/1997

Mt Climie

Wellington

Waikanae Hill

29.0

Russell Read

31/03/1999

Waikanae

Nelson

Barnicoat

59.5

Craig Collings

23/10/1995

Barnicoat Range

Nelson

Champion Road

21.0

Stew Karstens

27/09/1996

Barnicoat Range

Nelson

Fringed Hill

28.5

Mike McManaway

04/11/1996

Barnicoat Range

Nelson

Inwoods Lookout

116.3

Tim Percival

30/12/2002

Inwoods Lookout

Nelson

Marybank

44.5

Richard Hadfield

15/10/2003

Marybank

Nelson

Mt Murchison

95.6

Jeff Ripley

29/01/2008

Mt Murchison

Nelson

Sherry River

39.5

Bryan Moore

10/01/1995

Sherry River

Nelson

Mt Robert

91.7

Tim Percival

20/02/2015

St Arnaud

Nelson

Parachute Rocks

100.4

Tim Percival

11/02/2015

St Arnaud

Nelson

Rainbow Ski Field

86.0

Tim Percival

03/02/1999

St Arnaud

Nelson

Woolshed Spur

55.1

Tim Percival

25/02/2003

St Arnaud

Nelson

Brown Acre

47.3

Robert van den Ham

10/12/1997

Takaka - Riwaka

Nelson

Takaka Hill

44.3

Bryan Moore

15/01/1995

Takaka - Riwaka

Nelson

Tapawera

34.7

Robert van den Ham

22/02/1998

Tapawera

Marlborough

Benhopai

25.0

Angus Tapper

08/11/2000

Benhopai

Marlborough

Black Birch

21.0

Andy Whyte

28/01/1997

Black Birch

Marlborough

Blowhard

110.2

Dean Straker

02/11/2006

Blowhard

Marlborough

Canvastown

30.3

Nick Taber

01/11/2015

Canvastown

Marlborough

Footes Hill

12.7

Nick Taber

28/01/2014

Havelock

Marlborough

Havelock

28.0

Russell Read

04/03/2007

Havelock

Marlborough

Okiwi Bay Pt 683

23.2

Pepijn Wyffels

05/01/2017

Okiwi Bay

Marlborough

Collins Hill

26.5

Dave Lochead

02/02/1999

Picton

Marlborough

Mt Freeth

24.0

Aidan Limbert
Lester Schroder

06/01/2002

Picton

Marlborough

Port Underwood

27.6

Russell Read

24/01/2004

Port Underwood

West Coast

Denniston

61.3

Bryan Moore

26/12/2015

Denniston - Millerton

Canterbury

Avalanche Peak

90.6

Jean Brossard

09/02/2017

Avalanche Peak

Canterbury

Ben Ohau Peak

20.0

Bryan Moore

06/12/2006

Ben Ohau Range

Canterbury

Mt Burnett Slopes

101.1

Nick Neynens

30/12/2016

Burnett Range

Canterbury

Buscot Hill

48.8

Rory Devine

11/12/2012

Buscot Hill

Canterbury

Bridge Hill

10.0

Mike McManaway

01/10/1995

Craigieburn Range

Canterbury

Cheeseman

88.3

Jean Brossard

23/12/2015

Craigieburn Range

Canterbury

Helicopter Hill

46.5

Tim Percival

22/10/2001

Craigieburn Range

Canterbury

Red Hill

42.5

Tim Percival

10/11/2000

Craigieburn Range

Canterbury

Tims Knob

62.0

Craig Collings

14/11/1998

Craigieburn Range

Canterbury

Memorial

44.8

Gert van Maren

19/12/2015

Hopkins Valley

Canterbury

Mt Studholme

12.2

Rob Hughes-Games

11/02/2017

Hunter Hills

Canterbury

Lewis Tops

23.4

Tim Percival

18/03/2001

Lewis Tops

Canterbury

Mt Faust

69.2

Tim Percival

24/02/2013

Libretto Range - Lewis

Canterbury

Little River

29.0

Ross Johnstone

30/11/1998

Little River

Canterbury

Irishman Stream

112.4

Bryan Moore

01/01/2016

Lower Dobson Valley

Canterbury

Mt Alexander

14.0

Ross Johnstone

30/12/1997

Mt Alexander

Canterbury

Ball Spur

136.8

Bryan Moore

09/02/2014

Mt Cook Range

Canterbury

Mt Hutt

30.8

Craig Collings

01/12/1996

Mt Hutt

Canterbury

Mt Isobel

42.0

Martin Thoma

16/01/1997

Mt Isobel

Canterbury

Mt Potts

143.8

Nick Neynens

13/02/2015

Mt Potts

Canterbury

Ohau Ski Field

60.0

Bryan Moore

02/03/2001

Ohau Ski Field

Canterbury

Kamilas Hill

134.1

Nick Neynens

11/02/2015

Opera Range

Canterbury

Castle Rock

37.9

Ross Johnstone

15/02/2003

Port Hills

Canterbury

Montgomery Spur

18.5

Craig Collings

21/11/1998

Port Hills

Canterbury

Mt Pleasant

34.4

Glen Stevens

15/10/2013

Port Hills

Canterbury

Taylors Mistake

22.4

Steve O'Shaughnessy

05/02/2003

Port Hills

Canterbury

Sealy Tarns

157.3

Grant Middendorf

03/01/2015

Sealy Range

Canterbury

Tekapo

55.3

Bryan Moore

08/02/2014

Tekapo

Canterbury

Foggy Peak

16.6

Tim Percival

20/09/1997

Torlesse Range

Canterbury

Torlesse - Pt 1842

20.5

Tim Percival

12/09/1998

Torlesse Range

Canterbury

Wallace Peak

19.5

Craig Collings
Rodney Burgoyne

19/10/1997

Wallace Peak

Otago

Barrier Range - South

117.3

Nick Neynens

19/12/2015

Barrier Range North Otago

Otago

Cairnmuir

55.8

Michal Karnik

11/12/2015

Cairnmuir

Otago

Cairnmuir Spur

78.2

Dylan Vickerman

30/10/2015

Cairnmuir

Otago

Clyde

33.4

Rory Devine

31/01/2016

Cairnmuir

Otago

Cardrona

196.1

Bryan Moore

05/01/2016

Cardrona

Otago

Brow Peak

46.2

Louis Tapper

18/11/2013

Coronet Peak

Otago

Coronet Peak

170.4

Angus Tapper

23/12/2014

Coronet Peak

Otago

Mt Soho

55.2

Angus Tapper

21/12/2001

Coronet Peak

Otago

Gertrude Saddle

131.7

Bryan Moore

28/12/2014

Gertrude Saddle

Otago

Mt Judah

149.3

Nick Neynens

23/02/2015

Glenorchy Eastern Ranges

Otago

Stair Peak

182.7

Nick Neynens

29/12/2016

Glenorchy Eastern Ranges

Otago

Brewster Hut

113.1

Rory Devine

20/02/2015

Haast Pass

Otago

Mt Cross

44.5

Rory Devine

14/03/2014

Haast Pass

Otago

Pipson Spur

79.6

Bryan Moore

10/03/2017

Haast Pass

Otago

Breast Hill

55.0

Bryan Moore

01/03/2001

Hawea Eastern Ranges

Otago

Dingle Burn

45.1

Martin Kraemer

01/01/2016

Hawea Eastern Ranges

Otago

Grandview

50.0

Quentin Smith

06/02/2007

Hawea Eastern Ranges

Otago

Lake Hawea East Pt 1410

47.5

Michal Karnik

01/12/2016

Hawea Eastern Ranges

Otago

Pakituhi Spur

114.1

Gert van Maren

05/01/2016

Hawea Eastern Ranges

Otago

Sugarloaf

67.3

Robert van den Ham

08/03/2013

Hawea Eastern Ranges

Otago

Hawea Terrace

23.9

Kat West

15/11/2003

Hawea Terrace

Otago

Hawkdun Pt 1658

30.2

Ian Douglass

23/12/2015

Hawkdun Range

Otago

Mill Creek

191.3

Nick Neynens

05/01/2017

Humboldt Mountains South

Otago

Ahuriri Eyrie

211.1

Nick Neynens

25/12/2015

Huxley Range

Otago

Lindis Pass

33.3

Bryan Moore

10/10/2014

Lindis Pass

Otago

Long Gully

95.6

Russell Read

07/02/2002

Long Gully

Otago

Rob Roy

49.9

Bryan Moore

09/03/2014

Matukituki

Otago

Sharks Tooth

126.5

Bryan Moore

29/11/2015

Matukituki

Otago

Mt Alfred

79.8

Nick Neynens

02/12/2014

Mt Alfred

Otago

Mt Awful

35.3

Bryan Moore

22/03/2014

Mt Awful

Otago

Mt Ida

59.8

Mark Hardman

10/03/2007

Mt Ida

Otago

Mt Iron

54.4

Grant Middendorf

06/01/2003

Mt Iron

Otago

Mt Maude

122.1

Bryan Moore

29/12/2016

Mt Maude

Otago

Obelisk

43.5

Grant Middendorf

13/11/2004

Obelisk

Otago

Mt Barker

36.6

Bryan Moore

30/12/2001

Pisa Range

Otago

Pukekowhai

26.2

Louis Tapper

27/12/2013

Pisa Range

Otago

Waiorau

142.4

Grant Middendorf

17/10/2005

Pisa Range

Otago

Remarkables

81.6

Angus Tapper

08/09/2004

Remarkables

Otago

Moke Lake

150.9

Bryan Moore

31/12/2015

Richardson Mountains

Otago

Sugarloaf Pass

235.8

Nick Neynens

05/01/2016

Routeburn

Otago

Hill End

38.0

Bryan Moore

06/01/2001

Roys Peak

Otago

Roys Peak

90.0

Bryan Moore

13/11/2000

Roys Peak

Otago

Bowen Peak

34.0

Simon Nighy

01/01/1994

Skyline

Otago

Skyline

64.5

Angus Tapper

17/10/1999

Skyline

Otago

Black Peak

38.8

Bryan Moore

08/12/2007

Treble Cone

Otago

Elevator Spur

50.9

Rob Boyle

18/12/2015

Treble Cone

Otago

Niger Peak

18.2

Gert van Maren

27/11/2005

Treble Cone

Otago

Treble Cone

152.1

Bryan Moore

07/12/2014

Treble Cone

Otago

Leaning Rock

41.3

Grant Middendorf

30/10/2005

Waikerikeri

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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 below 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.

Take Off

Site/Site Group

Region

Te Aroha Winch Launch

Te Aroha Winch Launch

Waikato

Flat Top

Matakitaki

Nelson

Pelorus

Pelorus

Marlborough

Hooker - Stewart Spur

Hooker Valley

Canterbury

Red Tarns

Sealy Range

Canterbury

Earnslaw Burn

Earnslaw Burn

Otago

Lovers Leap

Earnslaw Burn

Otago

Cascade Saddle

Matukituki

Otago

Taniwha

Matukituki

Otago

Wilsons Camp

Matukituki

Otago

Mt Burns

Mt Burns - Borland Burn

Otago

Mt Jumbo

Wilkin Valley

Otago

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