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Event info

The New Zealand Hang Gliding National Open Championship is an annual event to determine the New Zealand Champion. In recent years this has been held in Murchison as the weather and flying is so consistent in January / early February year on year.

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Flying site

The main site for the Nationals is Mt Murchison. 360 degrees of take off, high mountain site, situated bang smack in the middle between the West and East Coasts. Easy landings right at the foot of the mountain and lots of good landings in the area we fly in.

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  • 55 Pilots Confirmed
  • 55 Pilots total registered
  • 220 NZD Entry fee
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  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    22/05 10:00 (Pacific/Auckland)

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    The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
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    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
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    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune blogging
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    There will be an organised party during or after the event

    Party
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    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift

Event info

The New Zealand Hang Gliding National Open Championship is an annual event to determine the New Zealand Champion. In recent years this has been held in Murchison as the weather and flying is so consistent in January / early February year on year.

Now that we are largely post covid and international travel is once again on the cards, we look forward to seeing our international friends coming to compete. Details for travel to New Zealand can be found at the following link: https://covid19.govt.nz/international-travel/

This competition is a not-for-profit Hang Gliding event organised for and on behalf of members of the NZ Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and competition participants so as to promote the sport of Hang Gliding and to aid in the selection of New Zealand National champions to represent New Zealand at world class events. Any surplus funds from managing this event will contribute to our Hang Gliding worlds fund to support pilots attending the Hang Gliding worlds events. We appreciate all the people that volunteer their time to make a competition like this possible.

Flying site

The main site for the Nationals is Mt Murchison. 360 degrees of take off, high mountain site, situated bang smack in the middle between the West and East Coasts. Easy landings right at the foot of the mountain and lots of good landings in the area we fly in. Other sites that may be used if Murchison is not suitable on any given day are Canvastown, Sherry River, Tapawera, Inwoods, and a few others.

Selection and entry fee

This competition is open to Hang Glider pilots.
Class 1
Class 1 - Sport
Class 5 - Rigid Wing.
No further selection requirements apply.

The main focus of the week will be to facilitate the Nationals Open Class for Intermediate and Advanced pilots. In conjunction with this we will also run a Sport Class for king-posted gliders. Novice pilots are welcome to attend and fly when conditions permit (and are within the parameters of their rating).

This year we would like people to pay competition fees prior to the event.
Please note the cancellation policy as well.
The fee will be charged as follows.
- The competition fee is $200 if fully paid before 31st of December 2022.
- The competition fee is $220 if paid after the 31st of December 2022.

This year satellite trackers will be mandatory. You may bring your own tracker. If you don't have a tracker you can rent one for $75 (we will try to get this fee down a bit but at the moment it sits at $75)

So your total fee for example would be $275 for entry plus sat tracker if you don't have your own.

The fee will be requested with payment instructions once your registration status has changed to 'waiting for payment'

The account details for competition fees, tracker and extra MURCH merch is:

NZ HG Nationals
06 0901 0795197 01

Putting your name in the reference area also helps, as well as what you're paying for in any of the other fields.

Pilots must have a current FAI sporting license in order to be scored at the competition.

International pilots must apply for a visiting pilots license at the NZHGPA website:
https://member.nzhgpa.org.nz/join-us

Documents required at registration

  • Issued by your local NAC on behalf of the FAI. You cannot normally compete in an FAI event without one. Contact your National Association (NAC)

    FAI Sporting Licence
  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:
The following policy will be adhered to:
100% refund for pilot withdrawal or event cancellation before the 30th December 2022

80% refund for pilot withdrawal or event cancellation after the 30th December 2022
This ensures that outlaid costs are met as we get closer to the event. Any surplus will go towards the worlds team fund.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Scoring Categories:
Open - 1st, 2nd, 3rd - with trophies awarded and cup for first place.
Sport - 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Trophy awarded for first place.
Kahu Cup - 1st, 2nd - Cup awarded to the club winning first place.

There will be various prizes awarded that are donated from our sponsors.

General schedule

Thursday, Feb 02, 2023 - Practice Day
08:30 Briefing
10:00 head up to launch

Friday, Feb 03, 2023 - Registration and Practice Day
08:30 Briefing
10:00 head up to launch
17:00 onwards
- Official Registration
- Waypoint uploads

Saturday, Feb 04, 2023 - Saturday Feb 11, 2023
Competition flying days

On a suitable day during the week there will be a group BBQ.

Saturday Feb 11, 2023
19:30 Prizegiving and BBQ

Daily schedule

07:00 - Headquarter opens
08:00 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
08:30 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
10:00 - Transport to take-off
12:00 - Take-off window opens
18:00 - Scoring office opens
20:00 - Scoring office closes
22:00 - Provisional results

Accommodation and Activities

Accommodation: Riverside Holiday Park Murchison 0800 523 9591
19 Riverview Road 7077 PO Box 140 Murchison 7049 NZ www.riversidemurchison.co.nz . Go here to book your accommodation. This place is amazing! It's located right beside the Buller river. Camping sites can usually be booked on arrival but cabins should be booked in advance. If you want to make sure just book ahead of time. We can't speak highly enough of Riverside Holiday Park. It is extremely clean and just such good value for money, and so well positioned in terms of its proximity to the river, town, flying etc.

How to get here

Murchison is roughly 3h 40min inland from Christchurch via SH7 (290km) or 2h 17m from Picton via Blenheim SH63.

683Q+7R Murchison, Tasman, New Zealand
Murchison New Zealand

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Organizers

NZHGPA
New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
Thomas Mulder
Event Organiser
Steve Cronin
Event Organiser
shane mckay
Event Organiser
kevin mcmanus
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