Te Arai Point
Te Arai point is now not often flown. However since it has been taken over by Rodney Council, clearings and walkways have been created making it a very pleasant site with three launch areas each taking NE, E & SE respectively.
Launch heights vary between 70 ft and 100 ft. The soarable ridge is quite short and suited to only two or at most three gliders at a time. When winds are strong at Mangawhai or are E of NE at Pakiri this site is likely to be ideal.
This site is located 10 km south of Mangawhai Heads.
Take State Highway 1 to north of Wellsford to Te Hana, turning right just north of Te Hana following the signposts to Mangawhai. The turnoff to Te Arai Point is off this road and is signposted.
Top landings or on the beaches to the North or South of the headland.
Weather and Wind Direction
North, North East, East, South East
Site Radio Channel
Channel 20 - 476.900MHz.
Usual coastal considerations - always have a safe bomb out area within glide in case the conditions change.
Ceiling is 6500 ft ASL.
Immediately north of this site is Restricted Area R107.
This is to protect the critically endangered Tara Iti (Fairy Tern).
Do not enter of fly over this area.
For more information on Tara Iti, see here: DOC website
Tony Seaman - 0274 933 023