Originally a grass airstrip in the early 1930s, Kerikeri Airport, also known as Bay of Islands Airport, is an airport located in Kerikeri, in the country of New Zealand. The airport is scheduled for a huge expansion of its runway and apron, in hopes of allowing two aircrafts to park at once. The airport currently has two grass runways, one at approximately 490 metres or 1,600 feet, and another one at 685 metres or 2,200 feet. The airport also has an asphalt runway which is an estimated 1,200 metres or 3,900 feet in length.
What to see & do
Known as the largest town in all of Northland New Zealand, and a popular tourist destination out of Auckland, Kerikeri is often referred to as the Cradle of the Nation. The reference was coined due to the town being the site of the first permanent mission station, and being the home of most historic buildings within New Zealand. Activities within Kerikeri include going to beaches, fishing, flying, sailing, swimming, and playing golf, among others. Some of the places to go to and sights to see include Mission House, The Stone Store, St James, Rewa’s Village, Kororipo Pa, Steam Driven Sawmill, and Art at Wharepuke, among others.
How to get around within Kerikeri
Kerikeri works as an ideal central base for day trips for touristy areas that include Waitangi, Paihia, or Russell. Getting around can be best done via the tourist buses which call in daily to Kerikeri to take day-trippers for the guided tours to Ninety Mile Beach, as well as Cape Reinga, and Paihia which offers a lot of boating opportunities which includes a four-hour cruise where people are able to get up close to the dolphins. Transportation within New Zealand can be done by plane, bike, bus, and rail, among others. There are numerous domestic flights in the country which are most of the time cheaper than driving or taking the train. Some of the airlines that operate domestic flights include Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, air2there, along with Sounds Air. Biking around the country is also an option when getting around; there are bicycles for hire when in bigger cities. Additionally, buses can be taken when moving around; some of the bus service providers include Atomic Shuttles, Backpackers buses, Flying Kiwi Adventures, InterCity, and Kiwi Experience, in addition to few. Travelling via the rail services can be done via the inter-city rail passenger services operated by Tranz Scenic, with Veolia in Auckland, and Tranz Metro in Greater Wellington. Some of the trains to be taken include The Northern Explorer, The Capital Connection, The TranzCoastal, and The TranzAlpine. Other modes of transportation include campervan, car, motorcycle, boat, and hitchhiking.
How to get there
Kerikeri Airport or Bay of Islands Airport operates flights to and from Auckland via airlines such as Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson, and Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways.