Fasten your seat belt and unleash your imagination as Red Bull is bringing its famous flying competition to Wynyard Quarter this December.

Red Bull Flugtag challenges wacky engineers and fearless pilots to fulfill their dream of flying. First, they construct their flying machine. Then they take a leap of faith. Or, as is more often the case, plunge into the waters below. Are you up for it?

To set an ambitious target for local Red Bull Flugtag DIY aviators, Beauden kicked a rugby ball off a tee from the launch site at Wynyard Quarter, landing 55 metres in the distance, just shy of the 78.5 metre Flugtag world record and 19 metres short of the world’s longest rugby conversion (74 metres).

Red Bull Flugtag competitors in the process of creating human-powered crafts now not only have a goal to fly further than competing teams, they have also been set a challenge to beat Beauden. Any team that does will not only get bragging rights over the two-time World Rugby Player of the Year, but they will also win a year’s supply of Red Bull energy drink.

The competition will see 38 teams build unique human-powered flying machines, which they launch off a 6-metre flight deck over water. Some fly, some flop.

Before teams can select an individual to launch their craft off the Red Bull runway, they needed to prove that they could create an original flying concept that will capture the crowd and the judges.

New Zealand teams have not been short of creativity. Spectators can expect to see the likes of a Flying Jab, Laser Kiwi 2.0, and Great Kiwi BBQ take flight.

To keep our oceans clean, Red Bull has partnered with not-for-profit organisation, Sea Cleaners, who will be on the water removing any debris from flying machines on the day.

Free parking for your first hour at Jellicoe Street car park. See more here

Kids ride free on public transport on weekends and public holidays. Find out more

Last updated: 15 July 2021