Just three days after setting the New Zealand hang-gliding
distance record, John Smith has beaten his own record.
Last Thursday Mr Smith (43) flew from Queenstown to Tekapo, a
distance of 172.4km, taking him 5hr 10min and 4sec.
On Sunday he flew the same route, travelling from Coronet
Peak to Wanaka, crossing to Hawea and flying through the
Lindis Pass and the Mackenzie Country, landing near Tekapo in
4hr 52min and 12sec, a distance of 177.5km, reaching a
maximum speed of 111.7kmh.
Mr Smith told the Otago Daily Times he was ''absolutely
amazed'' to have beaten his own record so quickly.
''The original plan was to go to Omarama and come back, but
the wind was strong and that route wasn't possible.''
Mr Smith said he felt he could have flown further, but was
forced to land before a mandatory broadcast zone north of
Tekapo, as he did not have an airband radio with which to to
However, he would probably buy a radio and try to break his