Weather

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.