Whangarei Airport Mini Guide
Where is Whangarei Airport?
Whangarei Airport is in Onerahi on New Zealand’s North Island. The airport is 7 km away from the town of Whangarei.
Who Flies Into There?
Air New Zealand has flights from Auckland
. You can also travel with Salt Air from Auckland. The airport also has flights to Great Barrier Island with Mountain Air and Great Barrier Island Airlines.
How do I get to the Town?
You can use the Citylink bus service to get to the town or take a taxi. Hiring a car is always a good option as you can really explore the area. You can pick up your hire car at the airport and the town is just a ten minute drive away.
What Facilities are at the Airport?
Whangarei Airport is a small modern airport with air conditioning. There is a café offering refreshments and light meals.
What if I Need Special Assistance?
The terminal is single level for easy access for wheelchair users and passengers with reduced mobility. Air New Zealand has ramps to help with boarding the aircraft.
Why Would I be in Whangarei?
You would probably be there on holiday. The beaches are all within a 30 minute drive, Bream Bay and Tutukaka are the most well known. The diving is fantastic here at the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve.
Where can I Stay Nearby?
The Asure Cherry Court Motor Lodge has 15 studios and apartments and is close to the airport. The apartments have cooking facilities and free Wi-Fi. There is an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi for guests use.
Anything Else you can Tell me?
The airport also has an aeroclub and offers scenic flights. You can take a trial flying lesson or if you are feeling brave try the tandem and sport skydiving. Until the recent economic downturn passenger numbers were increasing rapidly causing the owners to consider expansion of the airport. Those plans have now been put on hold.
The region around Whangarei has some spectacular sights. You’ll need to hire a car to access many of them such as the Whangarei Falls, the most photogenic and spectacular in the whole of the country where the water tumbles over 25m into a languid pool.
Head for Whangarei Quarry Gardens which have been laid out to beautify a disused quarry and which are now home to tropical and semi tropical plants. Finally, if you’re still feeling energetic, walk to the top of the hill, Parihaka for a spectacular vista over the city.