XC courses

Cross Country Courses/Tours for Qualified Pilots

Expressions of Interest called for the following  XC Courses for the 2019/20 season Contact Cloudbase to get on the pilots list as soon as possible 🙂

Craigieburn Thermal/XC Course

Three days: 15-17 Nov (reserve weekend 22-24 Nov). Based at Castle Village in the beautiful Craigieburn Valley (an hour drive from Christchurch) we will hike and fly from local sites and use the drive-up to launch at Mt Cheeseman Ski Field.

Manila (Australia) XC Course

Seven days:  22-28 Mar. Based at Sky Camp at the base of Mt Borah, New South Wales, epic flying is at your doorstep. Includes transport from Sydney, retrieves and flat land thermal instruction.

Craigieburn Thermal/XC Course

Three days: 10-12 April (reserve weekend 17-19 April). Based at Castle Village in the beautiful Craigieburn Valley (an hour away from Christchurch), hike and fly at local sites and using the drive-up launch at Mt Cheeseman Ski Field.

France Tour June 2020

Ten days: 19-28 June. Based at Drome, Suze in the south of France, (the local flying area of the X-Alp super stars Antoine and Benoit) accommodation is at the take-off and is included in the tour costs. Where we stay is also fully self catering!  With day trips planned to the Gap/Tallow areas (St. Vincent Le Forte, Vallouise, Briancon, St. Hillaire), Annecy (just plain famous) and the Arvis:area (Grand Bornard, La Clusaz) the tour is laced with epic adventure. We may even meet the superstars! Tour Brochure available on request.

 BC Canada Tour July 2020

14 days: 18-31 July.  Starting in Vancouver with paragliding stops in Pemberton (near Whistler), Lumby (central BC) and finally at the Canadian PG epicenter; Golden. This is a tour with a difference with mountain instruction, vol biv opportunities, transport and  retrieves. Epic mountains, high CB and huge XC potential 🙂

Bir India October 2020

8 days: 10-17 October. Centered in Bir, Billing at the base of the magical Himalayas in the province of Himachal Pradesh, the flying is famous throughout the flying world. Join us on an exciting paragliding adventure with epic cloudbase, big XC and vol biv opportunities all mixed together. It will be the trip of a lifetime!

Courses Include:
  • theory evenings
  • flight planning
  • launch briefings
  • xc retrieves (except India)
  • radio instruction
  • daily debriefs
Course Costs
  • most tours work out at between $180-200 NZD per day based on a minimum of 6 participants.

Required Gear

  • GPS/Vario
  • reserve parachute (all reserves must be checked BEFORE the commencement of the course)
  • wof for wing and harness
  • current NZHGPA membership
  • UHF radio (with speaker/mic and wind cover)


  • GPS tracker such as Spot/InReach/Livetrack24

Contact us to book your course

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