New Plymouth Airport serves the city of New Plymouth and the surrounding region of Taranaki, New Zealand. Located 11km from the city centre, the Airport is one of the busiest regional airports in the country. It currently serves domestic flights to and from major cities like Auckland and Christchurch, and houses one passenger terminal.
How to get around
There are a number of transport options to New Plymouth Airport. A private transport company, Scotts, runs an airport shuttle service that can pick you up from anywhere you need, while there are also a number of bus and coach companies including Intercity Coachlines, Kiwi Tours, and the public Citylink bus that will take you to the Airport. New Plymouth Airport can also be reached by car and taxi, although some might find the latter costly. Passenger areas of the Airport are accessible by foot.
What to do and see
A relatively small airport, New Plymouth Airport houses an award-winning coffee house where you can while your transfer time away. There is currently no duty-free shopping available here, so if you have a couple of hours to burn, head out to Aeroclub five minutes from the terminal to arrange for a scenic flight circling Mt. Taranaki.
Or head to the city of New Plymouth, which is just 15 to 20 minutes away by car. Here, visit the Puke Ariki, the world's first fully-integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. Walk through its treasured Heritage Collection and find out about the fascinating stories it holds about Taranaki’s history – see if you can trace all the national scandals and folklores surrounding the city’s long-standing history!
When you’re done sleuthing around, the Pukekura Park is a nice treat for the family at any time of the year, with its engaging children’s zoo and bush walks. End your New Plymouth visit with a stroll down the Coastal Walkway, a 10 kilometre-long promenade bordering a fantastic view and dotted with shopping and appetising delights.
Even nearer to New Plymouth Airport is the small suburban town of Bell Block, just a little north from the city. This area houses a number of attractions that will draw all nature lovers to its ridges – the Waipu Lagoons, for example, are North Taranaki’s only wetland area, and home to a diverse population of wildlife including the endangered Australasian Bittern. A number of other nature reserves here are also worth the visit, including the Bowden and Mangati reserves and Hickford Park. A famous café, touted as the best in New Plymouth, is also located in Bell Block.