Can you hang glide in New Zealand?

Tandem Hang Gliding in New Zealand If there is one experience that is guaranteed to have you feeling just like a bird in flight, it’s hang gliding! Aerotow tandem hang gliding occurs over each winter season at Glenorchy, not far from Queenstown.

How much do gliders cost NZ?

While the club provides gliders suitable for initial and club class solo flying, many pilots elect to purchase their own glider often in syndicates of between two and ten other pilots. A new World Class PW5 glider will cost you around $35,000 with a new top of the line Open Class gliders up in the $200,000 plus level.

How much does it cost to buy a hang glider?

A new entry-level glider for beginners, such as a Wills Wing Falcon, will generally cost around $4,000. These gliders are single surface, fun, easy to set up, and easy to fly. You may be able to find a good quality, used glider from an accredited instructor or school in the $1,800 to $3,000 range.

Do hang gliders need a license?

Thanks to a 2017 Exemption to the Air Navigation Order, powered hang gliders that take-off and land on wheels, weighing less than 70kg (or 75kg if fitted with an emergency parachute) and having a stall speed below 20kts can be flown without the need for a pilot’s licence.

Do you need a license to paraglide NZ?

Then you can paraglide and continue to grow your flying skills and experiences and adventures for many years. The PG2 is the license required to fly unsupervised in NZ, this is administered through the New Zealand Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association (NZHGPA) that operates under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Do you need a PPL to fly a glider?

Just like flying any other aircraft, acting as pilot in command of a glider requires a pilot license. In the US, gliders are considered Light Sport Airplanes (LSA) and therefore glider pilots need a Sport Pilot license (SPL) with a rating for gliders.

Do gliders crash?

News4JAX aviation expert Ed Booth said gliders are extremely safe and accidents are not unheard of — but are rare. “There are very few fatal glider accidents,” Booth said. “It’s due to a couple of factors. Gliders fly much slower than powered airplanes, typically.

How long do hang gliders last?

A well taken care of hang glider can last up to 20 years. Harnesses, when treated well, will last your entire flying career. A used PG setup, purchased from a reliable dealer or school, can be around $4,000.

Can you fly a hang glider anywhere?

Once a pilot, where can I fly hang gliders? Technically you can fly a hang glider anywhere except where you are explicitly not allowed, such as National Parks and Forests (Yosemite being an exception). BLM generally allows hang gliding on its land.

Are Paramotors legal in NZ?

In order to fly a hang glider, paraglider, paramotor, or powered hang glider in New Zealand, pilots must be a member of a hang gliding organisation and hold an appropriate pilot certificate. Here is a reminder of the basic legal requirements to fly these aircraft.

Where can I buy hang gliding and paragliding gear?

Our Hang Gliding and Paragliding Department offers gear from several great manufacturers and vendors in the hang gliding and paragliding community. Talk To The Experts at Kitty Hawk Kites for assistance in your Hang Glider Purchase at (252) 441-2426 or email for more information.

Are there any classified adverts for gliders in New Zealand?

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Are hang gliders considered oversize?

Please note hang gliders are considered oversize and additional shipping fees will apply. Please call or email us for shipping details. *Prices, selection and availability are subject to change. Please email or call for the most up-to-date prices and availability.

How do I purchase hang gliders from Kitty Hawk kites?

Talk To The Experts at Kitty Hawk Kites for assistance in your Hang Glider Purchase at (252) 441-2426 or email for more information. USHPA Membership (United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) and Ratings are required to purchase Wings and MUST be submitted before orders are processed.