Moir's Hill

Site Information

Moir's Hill is Auckland's finest cross country site with many good cross country flights having been made, and great promise for more.

NOTE: As of May 2020 there is a new access condition. Please see access conditions below.

Access to this site is 6 kilometres north of the Puhoi turn off on State highway 1.

Turn left into Moir Hill road, adjacent to the rest area at the end of Windy ridge. Follow this gravel road to 300m past the Transmitter Tower and park near the walking gate, with a DOC sign 'Waihunga/Moir Hill'.

Access from this point is by foot through the gate, following the track to the end for around another kilometre.

Take-off is at 980 feet A.S.L, 800 foot above the landing paddock.

Because of concerns around the spread of Kauri die back disease, pilots are asked to ensure that footwear is clean and free of visible soil before entering the track. Please keep to the track and do not make any side detours into the surrounding bush.

More information about preventing the spread of Kauri die back can be found here: http://www.kauridieback.co.nz/prevention

​Site Type

Inland/Thermalling

Landing

Landing requires careful consideration being in a valley with the wind usually coming from West.

If the wind is coming from the East, the site it is definitely not flyable

An aircraft type landing approach is strongly recommended to determine the wind direction in the bottom of the valley (often different from the wind on launch).

Top landing on take-off is possible although very tight for hang gliders and often quite thermic, posing difficulty for paragliders.

An alternative top landing is available to the West of the Transmitter Tower requiring a minimum of 600 feet above take-off before making an approach. It is behind the bush line and can be turbulent.


  • Only land in official bottom landing area unless it is an emergency.
  • No low flying over stock.
  • No slope landing on areas that have stock.
  • Avoid landing in stock pasture.
  • If you land on stock pasture, or areas with stock, move off the paddock as soon as possible.

Moirs Landing

LA - Official landing area

R - Road to Puhoi and SH1

B - Beehives

W - Walking track to take off

Weather and Wind Direction

West, South West, South

The site can be quite rough at times in a Westerly.

Mandatory Notices

Because of concerns around the spread of Kauri die back disease, pilots are asked to ensure that footwear is clean and free of visible soil before entering the track. Please keep to the track and do not make any side detours into the surrounding bush.

More information about preventing the spread of Kauri die back can be found here: http://www.kauridieback.co.nz/prevention

Site Radio Channel

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

Restrictions

Hang Gliding

HG Intermediate

Paragliding

PG 2

Cautions

See landing area comments above.

Airspace

Take-off (TO) is located below class C controlled airspace and within GAA’s NZG151 and NZG152.

The flight ceiling immediately above launch is 3,500 foot ASL, or 4,500ft upon opening NZG 152 MOIR HILL.

The ceiling rises to 4,500 feet as you cross Woodcocks road, heading in a north or north easterly direction. When heading north beware of aircraft on circuit to Kaipara Flats Airfield 7km directly north of Moir's.

Further north the ceiling rises to 6,500ft in an arc from Wellsford to Leigh.

Heading south across the valley past Ahuroa road is within NZG151 and North Shore air-field training space with a flight ceiling of 3,500 feet.

Please open airspace ‘NZG 152 MOIR HILL’ by phoning Air Traffic Control Duty manager 03 3581694.

Identify yourself with your own NZHGPA PIN.

Remember to close Airspace by setting a time or auto-deactivate by Civil Evening Twilight.

If everyone is finished flying, call again to let them know NZG152 can be closed again. This shows good use of airspace.

Access Conditions

Please note an immediate change to site protocol as requested by the farm manager.

The access track back from the bomb-out landing is on private farm land, as is the launch. The new farm manager requires that we advise of any potential to need access to the track, on any given day.

Members intending to fly Moir's Hill are required to contact the site monitor by phone or text before flying so access to the site can be ensured. As it is not possible to ensure getting over the back or top-landing, it will need to be cleared prior to launching. Please note cellphone coverage is patchy at best at the take off.

A message will be posted on the Auckland whatsapp group to confirm that the farm manager has been notified. How we handle this may well determine our continued access to this site.

Site Monitor

Jeremy Watts 021 611 960

Notes

See mandatory notice regarding Kauri die back disease.

Site Achievements

Hang Gliding

Hang glider pilots have flown cross wind to Orewa, North to Matakana, Leigh, Pakiri, Te Hana, Mangawhai, and Kawakawa.

Paragliding

Paraglider pilots have regularly been to Matakana, Leigh, and Wellsford with Lyn Watkins first reaching Te Arai Point 35.5km.

The record was next broken in December 1997 by Eva Keim's flight to Mangawhai of 41.4km.

Eva's record was finally broken by Jeff Ripley in 2006, with a flight of 46.8km landing just north of Mangawhai Heads.

In Feb 2011 Jeff extended the record by 1.6km to make it 48.4km, landing at Lang's Beach.

The distance was steadily increased beyond 50km by Evan Lamberton, Eva, and Jeff until in Oct 2015 Evan Lamberton flew 67.2km, landing just south of Marsden Point to take the record.

On 20th Feb 2020, Jeff flew a very nice flight of 78.7k, but it was again Evan setting a new site record (and indeed Auckland distance record), with a very well executed flight of 88.6k, having carefully negotiated the Whangarei Airspace, and only feeling forced to land due to a rather dark and wet cloud a bit ahead of him.......100k possible?

Well, probably, but in this case not quite yet, but again Jeff...on 20th march 2020, just under with 98.2km!!!

On March 15th 2020 a HG pilot flew 139k, but no track log is uploaded.

An effort worth noting, Canadian (but regular Visiting Pilot) Alex Raymont flew an out and back on 11th Jan 2020, crossing the Dome twice!

Kawau and Moturekareka islands were also reached in 2005 by a crazy PG pilot, and subsequently a couple of times more.