Visiting Pilots

Information for Visiting Pilots to New Zealand


Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations in New Zealand require that all hang glider and paraglider pilots must be current members of the New Zealand Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association before flying. 

This also applies to visiting pilots from overseas. These pilots can obtain NZHGPA Visiting Pilot Membership which lasts for up to four months and includes third party liability insurance. 

Visitor membership for 2013/2014 is $60 and is only obtainable from a current instructor within New Zealand. Online applications are not available. 

Visiting paraglider pilots will be required to present one of the following current pilot ratings to a NZHGPA Instructor who will complete the necessary paperwork and collect payment: 

IPPI Card Para Pro 3 or greater 

Hang Gliding Federation of Australia - Intermediate 

United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Inc - P3 

Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada - Intermediate 

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association - Club Pilot 

Swiss Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association - Pilot 

German Hang gliding and Paragliding Federation - A License 


Visiting hang glider pilots will be required to present one of the following: 

Safe Pro 3 or greater 

Hang Gliding Federation of Australia - Intermediate 

United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Inc - H3 

Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada - Intermediate 

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association - Club Pilot 

Swiss Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association - Pilot 

German Hang gliding and Paragliding Federation - A License 

Contact a local club, paragliding or hang gliding school. 


Once the temporary membership booklet has been completed and payment obtained you may fly in New Zealand but must comply with all CAA laws, be familiar with all airspace restrictions and local Club and flying site Rules. An altimeter is a mandatory requirement for HG & PG flying in New Zealand.

It is highly recommended that before flying at a particular site, you seek local knowledge from a local pilot or a Paragliding or Hang Gliding School.


Flying in the Southern Club Area


We have 4 main designated sites as follows and the point of contact for each flying site is shown:

Coronet Peak

Car Park 4 & Rocky Gully Take offs in summer and PG Summit flying in winter from the top of the ‘Quad’ chairlift to the Peak or the Greangates chairlift launch. Note – All pilots wishing to use the chairlifts must use them in company with an authorised commercial Pilot from Skytrek HG & PG, Fly Paragliding, Infinity Paragliding School or Paraventures School.

The designated landing area is the Flight Park, Malaghans Rd, half way between Coronet Peak and Arrowtown below the large section of forest. Do not land

anywhere else, in particular in any farmers or other landowners fields.

Contact: Alan Swann (Swanny) of Infinity Paragliding School at the Flight Park for site orientation & briefing, temporary membership, training & possible rides up the mountain. 
021 0228 2939 www.infinityparagliding.co.nz/

Lisa Bradley, Extreme Air Paragliding & Hang Gliding School
021 1563 256 www.extremeair.co.nz/

Both Schools operate in summer from the Flight Park.

There are landing fees payable in the honesty box situated next to the patio area.  $5 per person per landing or there is a $20 weekly rate, a $40 monthly rate and an annual rate of $80.

Skyline Gondola in Queenstown

This is a very sensitive site due to its proximity to the airport and air traffic, in which you must have specific information and be accredited/authorised to fly. There is an internet based log on/off procedure in place and all pilots must fly with a pager or be in radio contact with someone who is on site with one. Any breach of this strict Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) would result in you being banned from flying there and the Club could lose the site altogether if there is a breach of the MOU.

Contact Mark Hardman of Paraventures ( PG1 & 2 Training XC & SIV clinics) for accreditation and information - 021 809 275 www.paraventures.co.nz

Crown Terrace near Arrowtown

This is predominantly a small ridge soaring site which takes a W around to NW wind, but it can get thermic too. When it’s on, it is a really fun club site to fly. There is a map situated on the launch area which shows the airspace boundaries, the designated top and bottom landing fields and details all of the requirements & restrictions specific to this site. It has its own onsite Weather Station - www.weatherlink.com/user/skytrek

Contact any local pilot, possibly through the Southern Club Hang Gliding & Paragliding Facebook page for more information and for someone to fly with.

Treble Cone (TC) near Wanaka
This is the main flying site the other side of the Crown Range near Wanaka and the main Cross Country site within the Southern Club area. The launch is from Pub Corner.

It is also a popular foot launched speed wing flying site but it does have its dangers associated with flying close to the terrain, as history has shown us. There is a combination padlock on the gate to gain access up the mountain. This will have to be obtained from a Southern Club member. Please leave the gate as you found it.

Contact Richard Van Niewkoop of Wanaka Paragliding (Tandems) for temporary membership, site access information & rides up the mountain when possible ($5 per ride) - 0274 697 685 www.wanakaparagliding.co.nz Please do not call on 0800 number.

Mal Haskins re speed flying TC 021 114 2776



General information can be obtained from the following Club officials:



Ian Hornby, Club President – 021 023 888 94 ian@southernclub.co.nz



Jim Rooney Club Secretary – 0204 010 1926 jim@southernclub.co.nz



Club Safety Officer – Blake Round 027 367 7679



Craig Smith Social/Events Secretary – 0273 433 537





Other Contacts



Flight Park Cafe ( Coronet Peak Landing site) nr Arrowtown 03 442 1586

http://www.flightpark.co.nz/





Other Information



www.southernclub.co.nz



Join us on Facebook – Southern Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club


Southern Club Facebook Page



Crown Terrace Weather Station - www.weatherlink.com/user/skytrek



Please respect all club rules and if in doubt seek information & advice from a local Training School or pilot.




We hope that you enjoy the flying in New Zealand and in partucular the Southern Club area and we wish you many safe and happy flights!