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West Auckland Airport, 76 Green Rd, Parakai, West Auckland. Road Map.. Ph 09 420.8010



West Auckland Airport Parakai is available for General Aviation, drop-in visitors welcome. Radio 123.5 in MBZ.  Due to frequent skydiving, please join downwind, base or final (not overhead).  Visitor parking by the hangars down taxiway 'B'


Sightseeing in the South Island:  Leaving Wanaka on the way to Milford Sound, the Tecnam Retractable ZK-TZS, is climbing from Lake Wanaka into the Matukituki valley on its way to the Olivine Ice Plateau.  Although the valley is wide, it was necessary to start climbing almost immediately in order to have the height to clear the pass at the head of the valley.   Flying down these alpine valleys it is okay to go low, but flying up them you always need to have plenty of height and be aware of what is around the corner... sometimes a wall of rock or a glacier that is steeper than your aircraft can climb.


Matukituki Valley, climbing to clear the pass at the head of the valley


Olivine:  Up out of the Matukituki Valley and onto the Olivine Ice Plateau, which is the catchment for one of the glaciers that flow to the west.    The recreational pilots on this trip did several days of low level flying around the Wanaka area, waiting for a suitable day with good visibility and light winds before tackling the mountains.    We did appreciate the skills of the commercial pilots whose job it is to fly these high altitude areas with in a load of tourists in the back, in much more difficult conditions.



Olivine Ice Plateau


West Auckland Airport Parakai: Facilities & Services. Visitor facilities with tea / coffee / cold drinks / toilets in Pilot Lounge.   Icecreams and more cold drinks are often available at the skydiving base across the road.  

Courtesy car for aviators by arrangement (35 mins to Auckland CBD, 30 mins to Albany, 25 mins to  Silverdale), and Studio apartment on airport can be booked for overnight stays.

Aircraft Engineering, Aerobatics, Skydiving, Introductory flights and Flight Training for PPL/CPL, Microlights and Gyrocopters. Aircraft parking, Hangarage, Hangar building sites.

Phone first 09 420 8010 if you will need fuel, as sometimes we're all off flying. Commercial opportunities exist for new operators at West Auckland.


Air Force Exercises:  During their recent military exercises at the South Head military area, some of the Air Force's big helos used  West Auckland as a refuel base, both the save flight back to Whenuapai, and also to practice 'off base' refueling from a tanker.  These are big helos at 10,600kg, and blow a lot of grass around.



Coming Events:


Kaipara Flats Airfield NZKF

Sat 31st March: [note change of date] Northland Microlight Club AGM at Kaipara Flats, Tim Harrison's hangar, 10:30am.    Click here for airfield details.



DARGAVILLE: Every Saturday. Fly in for lunch. Famous throught the north for it's lamb on a spit, and usually draws a good crowd of hungry aviators. Clubhouse Ph 09 439 8024. Click here for airfield details.

COROMANDEL: Lunch 2nd Sunday of each month from 12:30. Clubhouse Ph 07 866 2055. Click here for airfield details.

WHANGAREI: Last Saturday of each month at hangar 10, the Western end of the row of hangars.  Whangarei Flying Club meeting at 10:30 with lunch to follow.  Clubhouse phone 09 436 4053.  Click here for airfield details.



Tower and Engineering

 West Auckland Airport Parakai, from the NE on mid right base for 25. Click for larger photo


 West Auckland Airport Parakai, from the SW (non traffic side).  Click for larger photo

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