Muriwai - Maori Bay

Site Information

Maori Bay (official name Maukatia) is located just to the south of Muriwai beach, on the southern side of Otakamiro Point. Access to the car park and take-off via Waitea Road.

Take-off is on the grassy slope in front of the car park. Maori Bay take-off height is 80 - 100ft.

Note there are three separate flying sites in this area: the North West Face, Maori Bay, and a private take-off to the south. This information is for Maori Bay / Maukatia.

Over-flying of the gannet colony on the tip of Otakamiro Point is prohibited and care should be taken to not to disturb the gannets, particularly during the months of August, September, and October.

Take-off and landing on the right hand shoulder of the bowl on the southern side of Otakamiro Point i.e to the right of the Maori Bay car park is prohibited as this is a tapu area.

​Site Type

Coastal.

Landing

Landing on take off, or on the beach below

Avoid landing on the road or car park, it is likely to incur the Rangers displeasure, apart from the possibility of danger to pilot and public.

Landing on the beach to the North is prohibited in peak season, December through to February.

Maori Bay take off location

Weather and Wind Direction

South, South West, West

The club operations a weather station at Muriwai

Mandatory Notices

  1. Over-flying of the gannet colony on the tip of Otakamiro Point is prohibited and care should be taken to not to disturb the gannets, particularly during the months of August, September and October.
  2. Take-off and landing on the right hand shoulder of the bowl on the southern side of Otakamiro Point, i.e to the right of the Maori Bay car park is prohibited (as this is tapu area).
  3. Landing on the beach to the North is prohibited in peak season, December through to February.

Site Radio Channel

None

Restrictions

Either "None" or a sub heading for both Hang Gliding and Paragliding. If, for example, only Hang Gliding is applicable, also add a Paragliding heading with "None".

Hang Gliding

HG Intermediate

Paragliding

PG 2 + 20 hours.

Cautions

Beware of the increased compression in higher winds when endeavouring to top land close to the car park. Take note that NW and S winds both tend to funnel up the face of Maori Bay when in fact they are often too cross to safely fly.

When attempting to fly south and get above the cliffs beware of the possibility of turbulence off the southern point.

Paraglider and Hang glider pilots are not the only users of these Muriwai sites and you need to remain alert for the possibility of radio controlled model aircraft - their operators perceptions of your height and speed are not always that accurate.

A resident of the area has expressed concern about pilots overflying their property.

Avoid over flying the property indicated on the aerial below. Treat the area in front of this property purely as a transit area, gaining height before it and not dwelling in front of it.

Airspace

The same air space restrictions apply to all sites at Muriwai being located in VFR Transit Lane T156 with height ceiling of 1500 feet A.S.L, and closed airspace inland.

The Transit Lane goes up to High Water mark, so anything beyond that is Class D Controlled Airspace, and MBZ.

Access Conditions

  1. Being part of the Regional Park care again needs to be taken of vegetation etc. and, when landing on the beach consideration of other beach users is required. The Regional park rules under which we are permitted to use the site ban commercial operation (tandems, schools, teaching etc ) unless a specific concession has been granted.
  2. This site is well used by pilots and public and often there is need to be considerate and rotate the number of people in the air at any one time.

Site Monitor

Joe Ward: 0274 718 418

Notes

None

Site Achievements

Several paraglider pilots have had unscheduled landings in the back of the carpark and beyond as a result of increased wind strength and compression.