The Whangarei Airport is a small airport located almost eight kilometres south of Whangarei City, the capital of the Northland region and the northernmost city of New Zealand. It is found in the suburb of Onerahi, on the east coast. The airport is listed as a public airport and is operated by the Whangarei District Airport Authority. It has an elevation of 133 feet or 40.5 metres above mean sea level, and has a single terminal with two gates.
In 2009, the airport passenger and flight numbers were increasing steadily, reaching a peak of ten return flights to Auckland and two return flights to Wellington on weekdays. This resulted in the airport's capacity reaching a peak of around 140,000 passenger movements per year, and although the growth stalled due to the economic downturn experienced during the time, the authorities are still pushing for the airport's improvements, with suggestions on moving the airport from its current site to facilitate more expansions.
Whangarei Airport has several scheduled flight destinations, including Auckland, Wellington, and the areas of Claris, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, and North Shore. Air New Zealand as operated by Air Nelson, and one operated by Eagle Airways, along with Great Barrier Airlines, serve the airport.
Other services from the airport include flight training using micro-light aircraft, tandem and sport skydiving, helicopter operations, aircraft maintenance facility, and other general aviation services. The airport also provides AWIB (Aerodrome Weather Information Broadcast) since 2009.
Where to go
Domestic destinations from the Whangarei Airport include key cities such as Auckland and Wellington. Both cities are important to New Zealand, and are full to the brim with destinations and activities for travellers to discover. Alternately, travellers may enjoy the areas of Claris, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, and North Shore, which are all equally beautiful and diverse.
Currently, there are no short haul flights from the airport. Travellers may instead utilise other bigger airports in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown to get to other destinations outside New Zealand. These airports provide flights around the Pacific region, as well as a few flights to areas in Southeast Asia and East Asia.
As mentioned above, the Whangarei Airport can only accommodate small aircraft and are not capable of receiving bigger aircraft that are capable of long haul flights. If travellers are looking for these types of flights, travellers are advised to take other airports including the Auckland International Airport, Christchurch International Airport, Wellington International Airport, Queenstown International Airport, and Dunedin International Airport. These airports can provide long haul destinations or flight connections to long haul destinations, depending on the place.
How to get out
The Whangarei Airport is a good place to catch flights out of the city. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air New Zealand and Great Barrier Airlines.