The Kiwi Open is the first leg of the New Zealand Paragliding Open Series (national championships). It is being held the week after the Manilla XC Camp, with one day in-between. More information at www.View more
The Kiwi Open is the first leg of the New Zealand Paragliding Open Series (national championships). It is being held the week after the Manilla XC Camp, with one day in-between. More information at www.kiwiopen.com.
A massive thanks goes to Godfrey Wenness of Manilla Paragliding for allowing the competition to be hosted from Mt Borah.
Selection and entry fee
◦Early Bird = NZ$150, until 31 Nov
◦Not-quite-so-early Bird = NZ$165, until 31 Dec
◦Full Entry Fee = NZ/A$200
Entry places will be allocated (on the 31st October) on the following basis, in the following order:
•25 places based on WPRS ranking (NZ and Australian Pilots can qualify this way), then
•25 places for remaining NZ pilots based on NZ Ladder National Rankings (as at end of last season), then
•25 places Australian pilots based on WPRS points, then
•15 placed will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Then, sufficient places will be held to ensure FAI's 25% international pilots rule is met. These places will be held until the rule is satisfied, or until 31st January 2016, whichever is sooner.
If any places remain, 10 wild cards will be held. These will be allocated no later than 31st December or they will revert to first come, first served.
Any remaining places will then be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Open class gliders are not permitted. CCC gliders are permitted provided they are listed by FAI as approved (http://www.fai.org/civl-our-sport/competition-class-paragliders).
Payment of entry fee is required to secure your place in the competition. Payment is required within 14 days of being offered a place.
Entry fees can be paid into the following NZ bank account account: Paraventures, 06-0949-0246859-00.
International entrants can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on international bank transfer or Paypal options.
Prize fund and scoring categories
Competition Days: Monday 8th – Sunday 14th February 2016
Refer to www.kiwiopen.com for further details.
Accommodation and Activities
How to get here
The nearest international airport is Sydney. Driving to Manilla takes about 6-8 hours.
There is a regional airport in Tamworth serviced by Qantas (http://www.qantas.com.au/), Virgin (http://www.virginaustralia.com.au/) and Jetgo (http://www.jetgo.com/). Tamworth is about an hours drive from Manilla.
Greyhound operates daily services from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Tamworth via its national network : www.greyhound.com.au
There is a local bus service between Manilla and Tamworth on weekdays only. Bus # 443 : Dep Tamworth 10.40am (Kable Av) and 3.50pm (Train Station), Dep Manilla 7.32 am and 11.25am. Check web site for updated timetable info : www.tamworthbuslines.com.au
There is also a Manilla to Tamworth daily bus service available via Country Link (see below) that Dep Tamworth Railway Station 4pm and Dep Manilla 10am every day.
There is a train service from Sydney to Tamworth. This leaves central Sydney at about 9.30am and arrives in Tamworth mid afternoon. There are trains scheduled daily for each of the days leading up to the comp. Visit the NSW Train Link website http://www.nswtrainlink.info/ for more info.
From Sydney (409kms) via M1 Motorway towards Newcastle, then towards Singleton via Hunter Motorway and New England Hwy (A15) through the Hunter Valley to Muswellbrook and Tamworth, then Fossickers Way (B95) to Manilla. Travel time from M1 Motorway entry at Hornsby is approx 4.5hrs. Travel time from Central Sydney to M1 at Hornsby varies between 30mins and 1hr depending on traffic. From March 2014 the new Hunter Motorway has reduced the total travel time by 30-45mins !
From Brisbane there are 2 options. Via New England Highway (Warwick, Armidale, Tamworth, Manilla) 622kms, 7hrs. Via Cunningham Hwy and Fossickers Way (Warwick, Ingelwood, Texas, Yetman, Warialda, Bingara, Barraba, Manilla) 530kms, 6hrs.
Tamworth > Manilla is 45kms, approx 30mins driving time.
Manilla > Mt Borah is 12kms, approx 10 minutes driving time.
Be careful when using web based maps such as Google and WhereIs for driving directions !!!! Not all routes shown are the shortest ones - always check a real map first !!!!!! Full driving directions from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and North Coast NSW are at the bottom of this page !