Fort Takapuna (Fort Cautley) is between Narrow Neck Beach and Cheltenham Beach. Access is from Vauxhall Rd.
Fort Takapuna is an easier site to launch and land than Takapuna Grammar, and a longer cliff to soar than North Head.
There are three separate launches within 150 m. The most commonly used is beside the concrete pill box.
The launch height is approximately 40 ft.
Narrow Neck Beach or top Land.
Fort Takapuna Take Off
Weather and Wind Direction
Site Radio Channel
Channel 20 - 476.900MHz
PG2 + 30 hours
Care needs to be taken when scratching close to the Pohutukawa trees.
Limited landing options below launch when tide is full.
This is located within VFR Common Frequency Zone, CFZ 120.4 with height ceiling of 2500ft ASL.
It is also on the edge of the Auckland City Mandatory Broadcast Zone. Height limit within this MBZ is 1500ft ASL. This means you cannot fly inland of cliffs/beach unless you are operating with an airband radio.
Please NOTAMS for restrictions during major events in the Hauraki Gulf such as sail races (helicopter activity).
John Walton 021 473 656
On a good day a flight to Takapuna Beach and back is possible. (Who will be the first to make the transition from here to North Head)?