Kennedy Park

Update: 06.04.2017 :
The stairs to the beach has sustained severe damage in the recent weather, and is closed until further notice.
The actual launch area is 150m to the South of the parking area. For most paragliders launch takes place behind a combination locked gate although there is a bowl in front of the gate if the wind is strong.
If it is necessary to open the gate to launch please have someone pull it shut afterwards or have a person to stop the general public walking through. (This was requested by the council when the gate was installed for our use).  


This site is located between Campbells and Castor Bays on the East Coast. Access is off Beach road, Castor Bay.


For PGs, the beach below is the safest option, tides permitting. Toplanding in clear space between pohutakawas is realtively easy, but care must be taken not to stray too far back from the cliff. Do no go back into the area where the grassy slope drops away. (Several people have been dumped in this spot).
The normal HG landing is on Milford Beach.

Glider Types: 
Hang Glider
Site Rating: 
HG Intermediate
PG2 + 30 hours
Site Type: 
Wind Directions: 

Care should be taken particularly on light wind days scratching close to the trees as it is very easy to catch a tip line. Between mid and high tide there is very little landing options on the beach. Particular care should be taken in top landing behind the gate - seek local regular pilots opinions on the day. In the event of wind increasing whilst flying this site there are no alternative landing options, except a long glide to Milford beach (normal landing area for hanggliders).


This site is located within VFR Transit lane T157 with a height restriction of 1000ft A.S.L. Flying is only permitted on the seaward side of the cliffs, the landward side being Whenuapai controlled airspace.

Site Monitor: 
Jeff Ripley Ph: Mob 027 288 8818, W 09 479 2909
Site Achievements: 

Several paraglider pilots have flown from this site direct to Auckland Hospital compliments of the Westpac Rescue Service helicopter, mostly as a result of attempting top landings (ask local pilots for advice before attempting top landings).
Many have flown to Murrays Bay and back when the wind direction is ENE.

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