Operating in Taupo at Centennial Park Airfield for over 50 years A group of enthusiasts with a penchant for motorless flight obtained permission from the Taupo Borough Council to lease the field and on 19th September 1967 the Taupo Gliding Club was formed with the purchase of a Slingsby T31, ZK-GAC. A Piper Cub was hired from Peter Matich at 15 cents a minute for aerotowing the gliders. Winch and auto launching tows were also experimented with in those days. The auto launches were provided by an old Super Snipe driving towards the glider with the rope running through a pulley at one end of the field with the glider at the opposite end.
50 years later, there is a larger number of enthusiastic members and an airfield with fantastic facilities. The club has a modern fleet of gliders and aerotowing is done with a Pawnee 235. There are also a number of private gliders on the airfield.