The Paeroas is a favourite site for both Paraglider and Hang Glider pilots. Many students have experienced their first high thermic flights here then enjoyed the incredible restitution at the end of the day before drifting down to land near the hot pools. For the cross country pilot flights in most directions except to the North are possible.
From the centre of Rotorua the turnoff to Ngapouri Rd is approximately 33Km (about 20 minutes). Follow SHW 5 south to Waiotapu (approx 29 Km) then turn right into Waikite Valley Rd, continue on until Ngapouri Rd is reached on the left. The intersection of Waikite Valley Rd and Ngapouri Rd is the usual meeting place to organise cars up the hill. Please try to minimise the number of vehicles going up as to minimise damage to the road and because there is limited parking near launch.
Access: Through private farmland at the end of Ngapouri Rd. The farm manager must be contacted the day before arrival to ensure the second gate (beside the house) is unlocked. All Vehicles must enter their registration plate number and time of entry into the book at the entrance to the farm (first gate).
A combination lock has been fitted by Kordia above the midway landing paddocks. If you do not already know the combination number, ask one of the competition organisers or a local pilot. This gate is to be closed and the lock refitted every time a vehicle or group of vehicles pass through. The only exception to this rule will be notified by a sign on the gate for the duration of the competition.
Airspace: We are hoping to have airspace raised and its boundaries extended to simplify ceiling heights for the competition. These changes will be drawn on maps in the competition pack and confirmed at morning briefings.
Launch Site: At 2950 ft (900 m) it is the highest in the North Island. The height from top to bottom is 1650 ft (500m).
There is enough room for several gliders to be laid out to be line checked and for two gliders to be launched at the same time.
Bomb Out Field: In front of launch and slightly to the right. There will be a wind sock on the fence beside the road. Be aware of the power lines on the opposite side of the road.
The Kaimai range stretches from the Mamaku Plateau in the south to the Karangahake Gorge near Paeroa, a distance of almost 70Km. The Hauraki plains in front of launch provide some great flatland flying and their potential has not been fully explored with many pilots choosing to stick to the ridge to maximise their flying hours and not their distances. The entrance to the farm is only 15 minutes from the centre of Matamata, under 2 hours from Auckland and less than 7 hours from Wellington for those who like lot of driving.
Access: Through private farmland at the end of Barton Rd.
The Kaimais access is currently being renegotiated with the new owners. All Vehicles must enter their registration plate number and time of entry into the book at the entrance to the farm (first gate).
Airspace: Launch is situated inside G254 Matamata and has a ceiling height of 4500ft which can be raised to 6500 with ATC notification. To the southwest, G255 Karapiro has the same airspace.
Launch Site: At the top of the range at 2300ft (700m) with amazing views of the Hauraki plains in front and coastline with Mt Maunganui over the back. The height from top to bottom is 1450ft (440m) giving a fair chance of finding a thermal before getting too low.
There is enough room for several gliders to be laid out to be line checked and for two or more gliders to be launched at the same time.
Bomb Out Field: In front of launch and to the right is the farmer’s house, the usual landing area is the paddocks between the house and the road. There will be a wind sock on the fence line beside the paddock. Be aware of the power lines on the southern end of the paddocks near the gate.
The drive from the bottom to the top takes about 15 Minutes.