Paragliding 2 (PG2) Course

We teach paragliding on private land at Ruapuke (west coast) also inland flights at the Kaimai Range and Paeroa Range.

Our course is comprehensive yet fun with a great bunch of like minded pilots striving to be the best pilots possible, we run this course both on weekends and during the week weather permitting. Pilots travel from all over the north island to be part of this course. 

We offer accommodation if required from $25 per night including breakfast 5min from launch.

PG2 Paragliding course NZHGPA requirements are as follows:

  • Top landings 
  • Flying with other paragliders 
  • Landing approach methods
  • 360 degree turns
  • Slope landings
  • Rear riser control in flight and landing
  • Tight banked turns and flat turns
  • Speed control
  • Reverse launch
  • Height loss of up to 600 ft/min. (not spirals)
  • Be able to land within 20m of a spot on 2 consecutive flights
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ground drills of reserve parachute deployment
  • Demonstrate a safe attitude towards paragliding

Flight Log Requirements

  • *Total logged flight time of 90 minutes, including 3 flights of at least 10 minutes duration
  • A total of 40 launches/landings
  • At least 5 take-offs in winds of less than 5 knots
  • At least 5 take-offs in winds 9 knots or more
  • Have flown from at least 5 different sites
  • Kept an accurate and up-to-date log book

*Mount Paragliding have designed an online logging app to make this process easy.

Mount Paragliding has broken this down into 3 learning stages:

Stage 1 

  • 10 flights under comprehensive radio instruction
  • Reserve deployment considerations
  • Advanced ground handling techniques
  • Launch and landing techniques and considerations
  • Environmental & meteorological understanding to ensure safe, enjoyable flying
  • Safety considerations when flying with others (VFR - visual flight rules)

Stage 2 

  • 10 flights under radio instruction
  • Advanced glider control (pitch and yaw control)
  • Big ears descent technique
  • Speed bar descent technique
  • Rear riser glider control
  • Glider speed and pitch control
  • Spot landing practice introduction 
  • Introduction to thermal flying both theory and practical
  • PG2 exam study and video analysis

Stage 3 

  • 15 flights under radio instruction where required
  • 2 other flying sites
  • Top landings 
  • Advanced techniques in flight
  • Stabilo line method to recover a cravat
  • Collapse recovery
  • Thermalling flight/s
  • PG2 exam completion

Q Mastercard finance is available interest free for 12 months.

As a student of Mount Paragliding you get access to discounts on new and used equipment. You can purchase or rent equipment.

Upon completion of Stage 3 you are certified to fly solo! 

Covid 19 (piece of mind)

Due to the unknown covid 19 situation for us all Mount Paragliding is making all course dates transferable. If you sign up and choose a course date and that can not be attended we will transfer your booking to the next available date. We are currently operating under level 2.


PG2 Course Dates


PG2 Equipment Rental




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Yes. You begin as soon as you sign up.

We have students at various stages from beginners to those that have almost finished the course. We provide an inclusive and welcoming learning enviroment.

We choose low sites for early flights.

This depends on the following factors:

  • Your availability
  • Weather
  • Your desire to practice ground handling on your own
  • Your degree of understanding the requirements to fly solo safely

In perfect conditions PG1 & PG2 can be completed in 4 weeks, however, in poor weather conditions with a student that has restricted availability it could take 16 weeks.

Ground handling is the foundation to being a good pilot. Your ability to kite and launch your glider in a variety of conditions, on a variety of launch sites, is both vital to your safety and your ability to fly.

One thing great pilots have in common is superb ground control.

Once you begin your PG2 you will need to purchase or hire a Paraglider and harness. 

Mount paragliding has lots of gear for you to try before you buy. You can purchase new or used equipment. Another option is to rent the equipment.

NZHGPA rules stipulate approved gliders for students EN-A or EN-B..

Q Card finance is also available interest free with 12 months to pay.

Ozone equipment is recognised as world class.

Yes we have used gliders and demo gliders in as new condition for sale.

Our equipment is top quality and in excellent condition.

Our equipment is supplied through Ozone, this brand is a world leader in paragliding equipment.

Click here to access or demo equipment page for harness and glider deals

This option gives you a chance to try various gliders and harnesses so you make the best decision when it comes to buying your equipment.

Many people think they should buy a glider that's faster or more agile than a student glider without their skills being faster or more agile. It's our experience that a student progresses faster and is safer on an beautiful safe student glider.

Hiring gives you the chance to gain confidence on our equipment.

Our most popular student glider is the Atom click here to find out more.

Of course.

You can purchase all the gear required and add all the stages of learning to the cart then apply for finance through our Q Card link.

Interest free and up to 12 months to pay. It's easy to apply on our page or use your current Qcard.

Visit the Finance page for more details.


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