Waiheke Island Aerodrome (NZKE) is the only functional airfield on Waiheke island. The airfield is situated on a ridge approximately halfway between Onetangi and Woodside Bay, and 2 NM east of Ostend. The 630m grass runway is aligned 17/35. Privately owned and run, prior permission to land is required from the Operator. The NZ CAA AIP page is available here for specific field operational information.
The aerodrome is used primarily for residents and visitors of Waiheke Island, with parachute jumping also available. The airfield is also used for medevac from Waiheke Island to Auckland hospitals. Pilot training flights (circuits) are not encouraged. The grass runway is positioned on the top of the ridge line, with a Northerly landing direction. As the area features significant changes in topography, there is the possibility of tricky crosswinds, sometimes coming from both sides of the runway at the same time.
This along with the local noise sensitivity, is part of the reason that prior permission to land is required before planning of any trip to the airfield. The airfield is also the only licenced landing site for helicopters on Waiheke Island, although there are some other private landing sites.
Contact: Jolon Marshall, Tel: 0274 777 339
Private fixed wing and helicopter operations: $25.00
Commercial fixed wing and helicopter operations: $45.00
Parking (includes all landing fees):
Overnight: $50.00 includes all landing fees.
Weekly: $100.00 includes all landing fees.
All commercial and training organisations must contact the airfield operator and register before carrying out any operations.
Waiheke Island Aerodrome coordinates: 36°48′30″S, 175°05′07″E
Waiheke Island Airfield is located about 20nm from Auckland International (NZAA or AKL). Unfortunately the weather Guru’s have not got round to doing an individual forecast for our little airfield, dunno why, maybe we don’t have the traffic density to justify it, so here are the closest we can get.
Auckland Airport METAR
NZAA 210530Z AUTO 01013KT 9999 FEW055/// 24/20 Q1017 TEMPO FM0600 6000 SHRA
Auckland Airport TAF
TAF NZAA 210513Z 2106/2206 01012KT 9999 FEW020 BKN050 TEMPO 2106/2110 5000 SHRA FM211000 VRB02KT 9999 -RA SCT012 BKN020 TEMPO 2111/2202 5000 RA BKN012 PROB30 TEMPO 2118/2122 3000 +RA BKN008 BKN020CB BECMG 2120/2122 03010KT
However the weather can be quite different, particularly as the island is to the East of Auckland in the Hauriki Gulf. Much of the weather Auckland experiences rolls in off the Tasman Sea to the West, this carries large amounts of precipitation, which promptly gets dropped on New Zealand’s West coast and Auckland. As a result the weather Waiheke experiences is significantly dryer and a couple of degrees warmer than that of Auckland city.
As the Waiheke Island Airfield is on a ridge line with phenomenal views all round, it can get some tricky winds funneling up the ridge. Some people reckon you can get crosswinds from both sides at the same time! Suffice to say that landing at the airfield is not difficult, you just need to respect the prevailing conditions.
Waiheke Island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves.
There is a great range of activities on Waiheke. Options include sightseeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, a relaxed vineyard tour and much more. The delectable cuisine on offer is complemented by a range of award-winning wines produced at the island’s many wineries. Significant industries on the island include wine-making, olive production, tourism and arts, crafts. Waiheke Island is in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand 17.7 km (about 35 minutes by ferry) from Auckland.
Of the Hauraki Gulf islands, it is the second-largest (after Great Barrier Island), the most populated and the most accessible by regular ferry and air services. Waiheke is the third most populated island in New Zealand, after the North and South Islands.
Waiheke island is 19.3 km long from east to west and varies in width from 0.64 km to 9.65 km, with an area of 92 km². The coastline is 133.5 km including 40 km of beaches. The port of Matiatia at the western end of the island is 17.7 km from Auckland and the eastern end is 21.4 km from Coromandel. It is very hilly with few flat areas. The climate is generally warmer than Auckland with less humidity and rain and more sunshine hours.
Waiheke Island has a permanent population of around 8,000 residents. During summer, the population can increase to as many as 30,000. Much of the population lives close to the western end of Waiheke Island, at or close to an east-west isthmus between Huruhi Bay and Oneroa Bay which, at its narrowest, is only 600 metres wide.