Mt William is located at Bombay, south of Auckland.
Access is off of State Highway 2. The access road is approximately 5km South East of the Bombay off ramp.
The top of Mt William is not particularly suitable as a PG launch as the terrain is quite steep and rocky.
The recommended take off is approximately 200m south of, and below the trig, on a flat grassed outcrop over the fence to the east of the walkway.
The site is on a Scenic reserve which is operated as a farm.
Access is by walking track from either Puketutu Road at the top or McMillan Road at the bottom.
The trig is 1,240 ft ASL, PG takeoff approximately 1,056 ft ASL.
Please note this site is rarely flown now, has no site monitor, and may now differ from the details here. Please take extra care and reach out to other club members if you are thinking of flying here.
Note: Recent reports (from May 2020) are that the landing area has been planted with olive trees, further limiting landing options. This site is suitable for skilled advanced pilots only
Weather and Wind Direction
South East to South
Mt William is a working farm and is usually closed during lambing. Refer https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/auckland/places/mount-william-area/tracks/mount-william-walkway/.
Site Radio Channel
Channel 20 - 476.900MHz
The site below take off is mostly bush. Ensure conditions are good enough (and your competency) to reach clear ground.
This site is located in GAA G275 with a height restriction of 4,500 ft ASL.
The area just north of Puketutu is GAA G276 with a height restriction of 3,500 ft ASL but able to be opened to 4,500 ft ASL by notifying ATC.
Please also refer to the Airspace page.
Mt William is usually closed during lambing. Check the Auckland Council site.
This site is rarely, if ever, flown and has no site monitor. Please post on the Auckland club whatsapp list if you are thinking of flying this site.
Legend has it that in the old days, at least one Hang glider flew from here across the harbour, landing at Narrow Neck beach?