The New Zealand Hang Gliding National Open Championship will once again be held in Murchison south of Nelson. We've had such consistently good weather year on year that this location is hard to beat for our National competition.Expand page for more details
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Registration will open on
22/10 16:54 (Pacific/Auckland)
Live trackers supplied
The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring
The region supports helicopter rescues
Good phone coverage
The region generally has good phone coverage
Toilets on takeoff
There are toilets at, or near, the launch
The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores
The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ
There will be an organised party during or after the event
You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift
- Karearea Cup - Club Sport Championship
- Kahu Cup - Club Open Championship
- Class 5
- Class 1 Sport
- Class 1 Open
The New Zealand Hang Gliding National Open Championship will once again be held in Murchison south of Nelson. We've had such consistently good weather year on year that this location is hard to beat for our National competition. We've also developed such a great relationship with the locals who welcome us each year.
Selection and entry fee
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 and under supervision of an instructor or senior pilot).
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 $275 if fully paid before 31st of December 2023.
- The competition fee is $295 if paid after the 31st of December 2023.
The competition fee includes a satellite tracker which will be mandatory for the competition and ensures everyone is shown on the tracking page provided by Trackme NZ.
The fee will be requested with payment instructions once your registration status has changed to 'waiting for payment'
The account details for competition fees is:
NZ HG Nationals
06 0901 0795197 01
Please put your name as a reference in any payments
Pilots must have a current FAI sporting license in order to be scored at the competition.
Gliders must have a current WOF for the competition.
International pilots must apply for a visiting pilots license at the NZHGPA website:
Documents required at registration
FAI Sporting Licence
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)
The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.
Signed Application form
You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.
Signed Waiver/Release form
You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.
The following policy will be adhered to:
100% refund for pilot withdrawal or event cancellation before the 30th December 2023
For cancellations after the 30th December 2022, refunds will be dealt with on a case by case basis to recover any costs already incurred. For example the refund might be your entry fee less the cost of the t-shirt. 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
Open - 1st, 2nd, 3rd - with trophies awarded and cup for first place.
Sport - 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Trophy awarded for first place.
Class 5 - 1st.
Kahu Cup - 1st, 2nd - This is the Open Class Club Competition. Cup awarded to the club winning first place.
Kārearea Cup - 1st, 2nd - This is the Sports Class Club Competition. Cup awarded to the club winning 1st place.
There will be various prizes awarded that are donated from our sponsors.
10:00 head up to launch
Friday, Jan26, 2023 - Registration and Practice Day
10:00 head up to launch
- Official Registration
- Waypoint uploads
Saturday, Jan 27, 2024 - Saturday Feb 03, 2024
Competition flying days
On a suitable day during the week there will be a group BBQ.
Saturday Feb 03, 2023
19:30 Prizegiving and BBQ
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.
19 Riverview Road, Murchison 7077, New Zealand
Murchison New Zealand