Dill's Hill

Dill's Hill Closed

26 May 2019 - Due to access issues in the landing paddock's, the Dill's Hill site is now closed until further notice. A notice will be posted on this site, plus the club's Facebook page and the Auckland WhatsApp group when the status changes.

From Stefan via WhatsApp - 26 May 2019

Some rather disturbing news.

After some initial talks with the landowners of the bomb out paddocks at Dills, it has become apparent that they are not particularly happy with our activity. There has been some accusation of gates being left open, some damage to electric fence, non-communication, stock disturbance, and, they are just over it. They don't want it anymore. Period!

We have offered to do some digging into some of these allegations. And in a few weeks time we will contact them again, to see if there's a way forward, and have some proposals, and a bottle of wine (or two). Hopefully that will yield some positive results.


But, for now, DILLS HILL IS NOT OPEN FOR ANY FLYING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Site Information

Dill's Hill is an inland site located West of Warkworth.

You reach the site by driving North along State Highway 1 to Warkworth. As you enter the township of Warkworth take the first turn to the left on Woodcocks road and follow this road for 10 km.

After crossing the railway line continue up the hill for about 1.5 km until you reach the top at a sharp right hand bend with a pull over area on the left and gate to a pine forest on the left. On the right there is a clay, dry weather only track leading to the takeoff.

Go through 2 more gates up to the trig and then you are in the launch area.


​Site Type

Inland

Landing

The bottom landing is straight out in front in any one of several paddocks.

Take-off height is 700 foot A.S.L and 400 foot above the landing paddock.

For Hang glider retrieval vehicles the bottom landing is accessed through a farm on Davie Martin Road. Davie Martin Road is the first on the left heading north west along Old Woodcocks Road. Old Woodcocks Road is the road on the left just back over the railway line.

Before taking your vehicle on to the property for retrieval, check the signs on the farm gate at the sharp bend on West Coast Road or Davie Martin Road and telephone the owners.

Ensure you leave gates as you find them.

Weather and Wind Direction

North East

The club operates a weather station on Dill's Hill.

Mandatory Notices

None

Site Radio Channel

If schools are operating, they are normally on Channels 10 and 26.

Free flyers suggested channel is 18 (476.8500 MHz)

Restrictions

None.

Cautions

Hang Gliding

There is a good top landing in the paddock to the left of take-off, however do not go behind the crest on top landing as this can be expensive in aluminium and pride.

Although there are a number of possible landing paddocks, take care to thoroughly scrutinise these on foot beforehand as some have little streams and gullies running through them, plus a few bulls.

If the wind is off to the east - southeast landing can be turbulent.

Paragliding

Be careful of scratching low down amongst the spines if the wind is very cross.

Airspace

This site is located below CTA/C with a VFR ceiling of 4,500ft ASL.

Kaipara Flats airfield is almost directly in front to the North East so be aware of aircraft movements and possible parachute activity.

If you go cross country heading in a south westerly direction, NZG151 with a flight ceiling of 3,500ft ASL starts 0.4km south of launch, encompasses both sides of West Coast Rd, and continues approximately 3km north of the West Coast Rd and SH 16 intersection.

Approximately west of SH 16 flight ceiling is 2,500ft.

Further south NZG155 Woodhill and NZG154 Whenuapai extend to the west coast with a ceiling of 3,500ft, both can be used with ATC approval.

For pilots equipped with air-band radio Whenuapai CTR/D may on occasion be used with ATC approval and when ATC are off watch (usually weekends) the CTR/D becomes a MBZ.

Check the latest charts this area.

Be aware there is now a MBZ for Parakai (SW of Kaukapakapa) of approximately 3 mile radius.

Access Conditions

The access track is suitable for 4WD vehicles only.

During wet periods do not attempt to drive up any tracks as if you begin to skid as the situation will only deteriorate further in.

Carry equipment to take-off or out of the landing area rather than cut up any of the farmer's tracks.

Always close any gates behind you.

Telephone the landowner before you take retrieval vehicles into the landing area.

This site is closed for lambing every year between mid August the end of September. Check with site monitor for further info.

Site Monitor

Brendan Argo - 0210 834 5515

Notes

None.

Site Achievements

Hang glider pilot Debbie Corbbet has flown across country from this site to Muriwai.

PG pilot Evan Lamberton has also flown to Muriwai setting a site record of 40.8km in Jan 2005.

This was extended (just) to 41.2km by Jeff Ripley in March 2011, landing on Muriwai Beach.

Wayne Rohrs then set a new record of 59.1Km on 24th Feb 2013 flying Northwest to land at Oparakau Rd near Ruawai, beating the old record by 18km.

On 6th of March 2019, this record was again brutally smashed by another 18 km by Leighton Joll, flying 77.03 km, landing close to Pukehuia, just west of Tangihua Forest. On the same day, Lukas Walton-Keim acheived 73km

Flights have also been made North past Wellsford and South to Stanmore Bay.