Slope Soaring Sites in New Zealand

New Zealand Slope Flying Sites
Thanks to Aaron for the following info.

Being a country of mountains, valleys and volcano’s there are absolute tonnes of slope soaring sites. the most popular however are:


Mt Wellinton: An old volcano, this can be flown on in any wind direction. Most popular are S/W, S, E, NE, N. You will find fliers here most days from 3pm till dusk.
It is also an excellent site for DS in SE, E, NE wind directions. Best of all is that in N and NE winds you can launch straight from the car.

Muriwai Beach: A cliff face of about 300 foot. Muriwai is about 20 minutes outside Auckland and a popular weekend destination for Hangliders, Para gliders and RC pilots. Wind direction would have to be West to south west.

Mangere Domain: An old Volcano, is an excellent place for DS, and conventional soaring. Although not as popular as muriwai and Mt Wellington because of the short hike requiered to get to the top.

Other places worth mentioning are MT Eden, a volcano again close to the centre of town. This is not as popular as there is always a lot of tourist activity at the top. But you can launch from your car again and in S, SW winds it is perfectly flyable.

Devonport domain. I think this might be a volcano too but I am not sure. Good in SW, S and NE. Also has parking near the top.

I will send you more info on the rest of NZ as it comes to hand.

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