The competition is to be held in the mountains surrounding Wanaka. Expect everything... lakes, glaciers, open valleys, steep mountains, native forest, extreme wilderness. The diversity is what makes flying in Wanaka so special.View more
The competition is to be held in the mountains surrounding Wanaka. Expect everything... lakes, glaciers, open valleys, steep mountains, native forest, extreme wilderness. The diversity is what makes flying in Wanaka so special. Tasks from 40-80km are likely, with 100+ XC flights occuring on a reasonably regular basis.
The 2018 New Zealand Paragliding Open will be FAI Cat-2 and will take place from 28th January to 4th February 2018. This is the only round in the 2017/18 season and the results from this round will determine the NZ National Paragliding Champion.
The competition entry fee includes:
- Pilot pack including printed map, waypoint list and local rules
- Live tracking via Airtribune
- Mid-competiton BBQ, function or meal
- FAI Cat-2 sanctioning
- Prize giving function and meal
- Presentations and talks on any non-flyable days
The competition entry fee does not include:
- GPS downloads: NZ uses the Highcloud scoring system (the same system used by Australians). This requires pilots to download their own GPS tracklog (IGC file) and submit it to a website. Support will be given to pilots not familiar with the system, however you should come prepared to do this yourself once you have been shown how.
- Retrieves: Pilots will be responsible for organising their own retrieve and transport teams. We are currently investigating the option of a RETRIEVE PACKAGE. Please get in touch if you are travelling alone, if you won't have a vehicle, or if you'd like to be in an organised retrieve team. We'll endeavour to help where we can. Generally hitch-hiking is considered safe and is relatively easy, depending on where you land!
The most common sites can be accessed by 2WD vehicles. Access to some of our sites may require 4WD vehicles. More details will be provided nearer the time once access to certain sites has been confirmed.
Cellphone coverage is limited in some of the areas we fly. Consequently, flying with a Spot or Delorme tracking device is very strongly recommended.
Please check the local rules / pilot handbook for other details, including equipment standards.
VISITING / OVERSEAS PILOTS
All pilots must be NZHGPA members, including visiting overseas pilots. This costs NZ$60 and lasts for 4 months. Visitor membership can be purchased online. Please be aware that the process is not immediate and should be done a few days before you arrive in NZ. You are required to email a copy of your paragliding rating/qualification to the NZHGPA to complete the process.
More information is available here: http://www.nzhgpa.org.nz/visiting-pilots
Selection and entry fee
$190 prior to 10th December 2017, $225 thereafter.
Payment can be made by bank transfer to 06-0949-0246859-00. Please ensure your FULL NAME and "NZ PG OPEN 2018" are included as references.
International pilots can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on making an international bank transfer or paying via PayPal.
Please DO NOT MAKE PAYMENT unless invited to do so. Once invited, you will have 10 days to make payment to secure your place in the competition.
Places will be allocated to pilots based on the following:
30th June, 10 places based on WPRS points, then 10 places based on NZ ladder
31st July, 10 places based on WPRS points, then 10 places based on NZ ladder
31st August, 10 places based on WPRS points, then 10 places based on NZ ladder
30th September, 5 places based on WPRS points, then 5 places based on NZ ladder
31st October, 5 places based on WPRS points, then 5 places based on NZ ladder
30th November, 5 places based on WPRS points, then 5 places based on NZ ladder
The remaining 10 places will be wild cards and will be allocated no later than the 30th November. This will follow consultation with the New Zealand paragliding Competition Committee.
Only pilots resident in NZ are eligible for qualification through the NZ ladder.
As per FAI rules, sufficient places may be retained until 12th January to ensure the 25% criteria is met for international pilots. These places will come from the November allocation and the wild cards.
Refund request received before the end November 2017 = 75% refund
Refund request received before the end December 2017 = 50% refund
Refund request received on/after 1st January 2018 = 50% refund provided a replacement pilot can be found, otherwise, no refund.
If you decide to drop out then it is NOT possible to nominate someone to replace you - you will be refunded and the slot will be filled by another pilot at the organiser's discretion
Prize fund and scoring categories
National Womens Champion
Serial Class Champion
Sport Class Champion
Fun Class Champion
Personal Best Trophy
Leo Geary Trophy
Gill Borst Trophy
Awards will also be presented for:
Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Serial 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Sport 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Fun 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Women's 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Registration - 27th January 2018
Compulsory Pilot Briefing - 8pm, 27th January 2018
Competition Flying Days - 28th January 2018 - 4th February 2018
Prize Giving Function and Dinner - 4th February 2018
Accommodation and Activities
How to get here
Wanaka is located in the lower part of the South Island. It is approximately 1 hours drive from Queenstown and 5-6 hours drive from Christchurch. Both Queenstown and Christchurch have international airports.
There is a regular bus connection to and from Queenstown - http://alpineconnexions.co.nz/Connexions/
There are a number of options to catch a bus from Christchurch:
There are many options to hire vehicles in Christchurch or Queenstown. It is possible to hire a car in Wanaka, but options are more limited. As transport is NOT provided as part of your entry fee, groups of pilots are encouraged to hire a vehicle. Please get in touch if you are travelling alone as we can put you in contact with a transport/retrieve team.
Competition HQ - Lake Wanaka Centre - 89 Ardmore Street