Also known as Whangarei Aerodome, Whangarei Airport is a small, public airport located an approximate of four nautical miles, or 7.4 kilometres, 4.6 miles, southeast of Whangarei city. The airport features a modern, and air-conditioned terminal building that comes with free-Wi-Fi and an Airport Cafe. The airport has been recently upgraded to include a glass walk through a tunnel to protect its passengers from the weather when passing by the tarmac parking gates of one to four. As of 2009, the airport’s passenger and flight numbers have increased steadily, and has resulted in the airport’s capacity reaching 140,000 passenger movements annually. On the same year, the airport underwent an upgrade that created a 30-metre takeoff starter extension, along with resealing of the runway surface. The airport’s upgrade made way for larger aircraft to land, and also allowed Air New Zealand, via its airline subsidiary Air Nelson, to start flight trials via their Bombardier Q300 aircraft.
The airport’s daily Wellington service continues to be flown via Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways, with its Beech 1900Ds. It has two runways, one with an asphalt surface measuring at an estimated 1,100 metres, or 3,599 feet; and another with a grass surface measuring at around 475 metres or 1,560 feet.
What to see & do
Whangarei is a city, in the suburb of Onerahi, on the east coast of Northland on the North Island, New Zealand. Its urban area consists of several suburbs namely Kamo, Kensington, Otangarei, Mairtown, Regent, Springs Flat, Tikipunga, Three Mile Bush, and Whau Valley. The city of Whangarei is within sub-tropical and oceanic climate zones. It experiences temperatures of around an average high of 19.7 degrees Celsius or 67.5 degrees Fahrenheit, average low of 11.8 degrees Celsius or 53.2 degrees Fahrenheit, with a daily mean of 15.7 degrees Celsius or 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit, all in a year’s period. Some of the remarkable destinations within Whangarei are Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum by Town Basin, is among the largest collections of clocks in the southern hemisphere. Heritage Park is located around five minutes from the Whangarei City Centre, which features an exhibit that relates to the city, Northland, and Kiwi aviary, as well as numerous historic buildings. Whangarei Falls, with its 25-metre drop, is known for being the most photogenic waterfall in all of New Zealand. Other destinations to be visited also include Bay of Islands, Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, Kingdom of Zion, Bream Head, and Marsden Point, among others.
How to get around
The only way to get around Whangarei is through the city’s public transport that is being operated by Citylink the Whangarei District and Regional councils. The city’s public transportation covers most of the suburbs and the inner parts of the city. The tickets for the transportation can be purchased for a fare, straight from the driver. It is recommended for travellers and passengers to look for the Green Buses, as well as the timetables that are located at bus stops.
How to get there
Whangarei Airport has flights to and from destinations such as Auckland, Wellington, Claris, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, and North Shore, via airlines such as Air New Zealand operated by Air Nelson; Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways; and Great Barrier Airlines.