Located on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Gisborne Airport covers a land of 160 hectares, and has 3 grass runways suitable for light aircraft. The airport’s main tarmac runway is intersected by a railway line, the Palmerston North - Gisborne Railway Line, which is currently not operational due to a major storm damage. Before the recent closure of the Gisborne line, it was the only airport in the world to have a runway intersected by an operational railway line.
Air New Zealand operates domestic flights daily to Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, and Sunair runs flights to smaller North Island destinations such as Rotorua, Hamilton Island, Tauranga, Palmerston North, and Napier. More than 1 million passengers fly through the airport each year.
The small airport offers limited services for passengers and facilities, including cafes, tourist information, parking, car rental desks, as well as services for the disabled and families.
How to get around (within destination)
Gisborne Airport sits on the outskirt of the city centre, roughly about 3 kilometres west of the city, and a taxi from the airport to the city would cost about NZD 15. Taxi is a convenient way to the city, and you can catch a taxi at the taxi rank outside Arrival. Driving is another convenient way, not just to the city but also to get around the city, as the roads on North Island is very simple to navigate and traffic is usually light. There are a few car rental desks at Arrivals for you to choose from.
What to see & do
As Gisborne Airport is located only a stone throw away from the heart of the city, the exciting attractions are easy enough to get to, even if you are on transit or have limited time in Gisborne. Cool down after a long flight at Rere Rockslide, and let out the kid in you as you slide down the 60-metre long rocky ride into a refreshing pool on a tyre tube. Or go on a guided half-day trip to Tolaga Bay and listen to fascinating commentary on the Maori Culture and the legendary Whale Rider. Want to know what it feels like to be face-to-face with a shark? Then sign up for a shark cage dive with a dive operator like Surfit Charter. Be sure to visit the Cidery, where a selection of the famous Bulmers ciders are produced, a factory tour and cider tastings are on offer. If wine’s more your preference, then the Gisborne Wine Centre is the place to go. You’ll not only get to learn about the local winery, but the harbour side location and a splendid selection of the region’s wine to sample will sure to win you over.