Kerikeri Airport, also known as the Bay of Islands Airport, is an airport in Kerikeri, a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. The airport was initially a grass strip created in the early 1930s, and was overcome by the Department of National Defence during the Second World War. It was used for Royal New Zealand Air Force training, and after the war, was turned back over to the care of the local government.
The airport has three runways: two grass and one paved asphalt runway measuring 1,608 feet, 2,247 feet, and 3,904 feet respectively. The airport also has one terminal building, and is mainly used for tourism and leisure travel purposes. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson, and Air New Zealand Link, which is operated by Eagle Airways. Both airlines serve flights going to Auckland, but the Eagle Airways service will end come February 2015.
The airport is also in a transition period as it will undergo a major facelift. A huge expansion of the runway and the apron is seen in the near future to allow for two aircraft to park at once. The project will be solely paid for and handled by Air New Zealand, the national airline and flag carrier of the country.
Where to go
Dubbed as New Zealand's favourite subtropical town and tourist destination, Kerikeri is the setting of the Bay of Islands Airport. Kerikeri is the largest town in Northland New Zealand, and is about three hours away from Auckland, and 80 kilometres north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. The town is a rapidly expanding centre of sub-tropical and allied horticulture, and is known as the first place in New Zealand, where grape seeds were planted. It is also famous for its lifestyle, history, and many attractions.
Vineyards in Kerikeri – as the first place where grapes were planted in New Zealand, Kerikeri and its locals have devoted a huge part of their time and resources in the development of products and agriculture around vineyards. A number of restaurants, wineries, as well as vineyards, open their doors to the general public and tourists to let them see and discover how this plant has changed their way of living.
Stone Store and Mission house – dating from 1836, the Stone Store is New Zealand's oldest stone building. It sells interesting Kiwiana gifts, as well as various items that used to be sold in the store. Within the location, travellers may also check on the Mission House, New Zealand's oldest building built in 1822, and the Soul Trade exhibition that is located in the first floor of the store. Moreover, just up the hill is a marked historical walk, which leads to the site of Kororipo Pa. Huge war parties led by Hika once departed from here, terrorising much of the North island and slaughtering thousands during
From Kerikeri, travellers may visit the city of Auckland. Auckland is the largest and most populous urban area in New Zealand that is filled with many interesting and colourful sights and sounds. Go crazy in this lively city and visit the many destinations here. See the Auckland Art Gallery, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Auckland Domain, Sky Tower, Auckland Zoo, One Tree Hill, and Albert Park – the heart of the city of Auckland. Go shopping too in the fashion district, and enjoy a number of activities here.
There are no long-haul destinations available directly in the Bay of Islands Airport, and travellers are encouraged to fly through the other international airports in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and others. From these suggested airports, travellers may reach places in Asia, Europe, and many more.
How to get out
The Kerikeri Airport, also known as the Bay of Islands Airport, is the main airport serving the township of Kerikeri in the Northland Region. The only route served via the airport is the Auckland route, and is served by Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson, and Air New Zealand Link which is operated by Eagle Airways. For more flights and destinations, travellers may take the next flight out to Auckland and travel to the Auckland International Airport.