I started my trip South with a visit to Ardmore (nothing new) and then drove on to Matamata aerodrome where I found the Northern Gliding Championships underway, and the field was being launched by aerotow. There were three tow planes:
The Piako Gliding Club's PA 25-235 Pawnee ZK-CNC2
The Tauranga Gliding Clubs PA 25-180 Pawnee ZK-PNE (Named Myrtle)
And the TZB Syndicate's Robin DR 400-180 ZK-TZB2 from Taupo.
I was feeling like this was going to be a good road trip!