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Welcome To SkyWings We are in Auckland, New Zealand. You can hop off the plane and be flying within half an hour. We have world class coastal ridge soaring very close and good thermalling sites within an hour, where cross country flights of 40-80kms are possible. We have a beautiful mild climate and flying all year round. If you are new to the sport, scroll down and read about paragliding and about SkyWings and our School if you wish. Or you can pick your area of interest immediately from the three main links just below, or the main menu with all options above. We wish you great flights - SkyWings.
Welcome To SkyWings We are in Auckland, New Zealand. You can hop off the plane and be flying within half an hour. We have world class coastal ridge soaring very close and good thermalling sites within an hour, where cross country flights of 40-80kms are possible. We have a beautiful mild climate and flying all year round. If you are new to the sport, scroll down and read about paragliding and about SkyWings and our School if you wish. Or you can pick your area of interest immediately from the three main links just below, or the main menu with all options above. We wish you great flights - SkyWings.  
Welcome To SkyWings We are in Auckland, New Zealand. You can hop off the plane and be flying within half an hour. We have world class coastal ridge soaring very close and good thermalling sites within an hour, where cross country flights of 40-80kms are possible. We have a beautiful mild climate and flying all year round. If you are new to the sport, scroll down and read about paragliding and about SkyWings and our School if you wish. Or you can pick your area of interest immediately from the three main links just below, or the main menu with all options above. We wish you great flights - SkyWings.
Welcome To SkyWings We are in Auckland, New Zealand. You can hop off the plane and be flying within half an hour. We have world class coastal ridge soaring very close and good thermalling sites within an hour, where cross country flights of 40-80kms are possible. We have a beautiful mild climate and flying all year round. If you are new to the sport, scroll down and read about paragliding and about SkyWings and our School if you wish. Or you can pick your area of interest immediately from the three main links just below, or the main menu with all options above. We wish you great flights - SkyWings.
Welcome To SkyWings We are in Auckland, New Zealand. You can hop off the plane and be flying within half an hour. We have world class coastal ridge soaring very close and good thermalling sites within an hour, where cross country flights of 40-80kms are possible. We have a beautiful mild climate and flying all year round. If you are new to the sport, scroll down and read about paragliding and about SkyWings and our School if you wish. Or you can pick your area of interest immediately from the three main links just below, or the main menu with all options above. We wish you great flights - SkyWings.
Welcome To SkyWings We are in Auckland, New Zealand. You can hop off the plane and be flying within half an hour. We have world class coastal ridge soaring very close and good thermalling sites within an hour, where cross country flights of 40-80kms are possible. We have a beautiful mild climate and flying all year round. If you are new to the sport, scroll down and read about paragliding and about SkyWings and our School if you wish. Or you can pick your area of interest immediately from the three main links just below, or the main menu with all options above. We wish you great flights - SkyWings.

Paragliding

We're obsessed with paragliders and love their design and evolution. We spare no effort to find you the best gear. We've taught fulltime for 21 years - click Paragliding to check out our full Paragliding School and equipment options here.

Paragliding

SpeedFlying

Exciting, breathtaking new way to fly. We bought speedflying and miniwings to NZ and its a magic new development and a real adrenalin blast. It's easy for most with the right instruction - check out speed flying here.

Speedflying

Paramotoring

Huge freedom, fly anywhere, anytime. We've been teaching motoring for 18 years. You can trust our experience and love for this gem of way to fly.

Paramotoring

About Paragliding

Mankinds ancient dream.....To fly free with the birds

Finally, after thousands of years of evolution the dream of flying free is within your grasp.

Using a few kilos of nylon and string, we have finally developed the safest and easiest way to walk amoungst the clouds.

Never before have we been so free to break the bonds of gravity. We can soar for hours like birds on the updrafts and even climb to enormous heights - 5 or 10 thousand feet above the earth we can enjoy a freedom unparalleled.

Now anyone can learn to fly with the maximum amount of safety and minimum amount of effort. Your glider will pack up small enough to be carried easily and taken with you wherever you desire.

Paragliding is a way to experience true freedom. In moments the stresses and strains of our busy lives are washed away freeing you to surf through the sky in 3 dimensions.

 

" I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I'm just soul on a sunbeam " - a beautiful sentiment from famous author Richard Bach

 

SKYWINGS SHOP

Come and see our shop. We've been obsessed with the evolution of paragliding equipment since its beginning and have the largest stock of gliders and gear in the Southern Hemisphere. Sourced from the Worlds most reputable paragliding manufacturers, the results are superb paragliders that excel in their chosen class. These we supply to most of the paragliding schools around NZ.

Courses - School

We deliver to every student an all-encompassing view of the sport, t eaching them every aspect to ensure their flying experiences are safer and therefore more fun. Our graduates go on to become better and safer pilots and our safety record stands as a testament to that.

The Instructors at SkyWings love the sport and want to share the gift of free flight with others.

To find out all about our courses and training, click here

About SkyWings

SkyWings is based in Auckland, New Zealand. We are the longest operating Paragliding and Paramotoring School in New Zealand.

Auckland enjoys a very mild climate and we fly and teach all year round. We have a large number of sites within about an hour of the city and they cover all the wind directions, so we can train in most conditions. We have some of the finest coastal ridge soaring in the world and this gives an amazing chance for new pilots to grow really quickly in their skills and get a lot of airtime.  With long soaring flights you really get to know your glider and understand the feel and handling much sooner. Our smooth coastal conditions allow you to master all your takeoff and landing techniques, and long hours soaring prepare you for confident and relaxed flying much sooner. SkyWings students graduate with more airtime than anywhere else in New Zealand.

We have good sites close by suitable for thermalling 8 to 9 months of the year. If you wish to thermal we can prepare you for this much sooner because you'll have done so much, so quickly and got so good in our smooth, safe coastal air. The ability to catch thermals requires basic skills and confidence which takes time and good conditions to develop.This we have in abundance.

If you wish to learn to paraglide, the most important question for you is - how good is your Instructor?

SkyWings founders Alan and Belinda Hills started in the sport 27 years ago when paragliding first started in Auckland and have been flying and teaching almost every flyable day since.

Alan and Belinda are joined here and in the surrounding areas by a team of great Instructors, Hayden Neeley, Wayne Roberts and Bruce Vickerman. Their talents and enthusiasm are a huge asset.

We started in the sport at the very beginning and naturally were fully involved in the competition scene, setting a number site and cross country records and National firsts, and gaining a second place New Zealand ranking and consistently achieving a top ten placing over the early years. As our love for teaching blossomed, we realised that the competition psychology was at odds with teaching students the foundation skills necessary to stay safe and get the most out of the sport. More importantly was the idea that "the pilot having the most fun was the real winner!" So more of late our focus has been away from the competitive idea and fixed firmly on developing excellent techniques that progress a student as quickly and as safely as possible. And our every recreational moment has been spent progressing our love of long, relaxed and exhilarating cross country flying and sharing this with our ever growing family of graduated students.

Auckland enjoys smooth, strong winds like nowhere else in the world, so from day one we have been perfecting the art of high wind flying - and finally with the coming of purpose built gliders for the job, we were able to bring this exciting, riveting new sport of Speedflying to New Zealand, and have been instrumental in its direction and evolution globally.

Having also started Paramotoring in the earliest days, and enjoyed exploring New Zealand with motors, Alan was the only teacher of this fantastic form of free flight for most of these years.

Our obssession with safety and developing new, innovative teaching techniques has transformed the way students are taught. It became clear over the years, that with the right techniques, we could make you better, safer pilots more quickly. The thing that will strike you most is our diligence and passion for the teaching process.

We really feel we can deliver you the best possible start in Paragliding.

 

What's Next

Having got some background, now you can choose where you want to go, ie Courses and School, or Paragliding or Speedflying etc - click the links above or main top menu for all options.