Hokitika Airport

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Hokitika Airport
IATA: HKKICAO: NZHK
West Coast
HKK
HKK
Location of airport in West Coast
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Hokitika Airport Ltd
Location Hokitika, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 146 ft / 45 m
Coordinates 42°42′49″S 170°59′07″E / 42.71361°S 170.98528°E / -42.71361; 170.98528Coordinates: 42°42′49″S 170°59′07″E / 42.71361°S 170.98528°E / -42.71361; 170.98528
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 4,311 1,314 Asphalt
13/31 3,858 1,176 Asphalt

Hokitika Aerodrome (IATA: HKKICAO: NZHK) is a small, uncontrolled aerodrome located 1 NM (1.9 km) north east of Hokitika in the suburb of Seaview on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is also the closest domestic airport with scheduled flights to the town of Greymouth 40 km further north, the largest settlement on the coast.

The airport handles aircraft up to ATR 72-500 size that are operated by national airline, Air New Zealand. The busiest day is Friday with five flights to Christchurch. The airport has a single terminal and 2 tarmac gates.

History[edit]

Air Travel (NZ) Ltd was the first airline in New Zealand to fly scheduled air services. Founded by Bert Mercer in 1934, its first scheduled flight took place on 18 December 1934, from Hokitika to Haast in South Westland. During the Second World War they also flew north from Hokitika to Greymouth, Westport and Nelson.

Hokitika originally had an aerodrome on the south side of town just over the Hokitika River.

The grass surfaces and susceptibility to flooding of Hokitika’s Southside airfield were always problematic. On 9 August 1948 the Southside airfield at Hokitika was closed. Plans were well underway for a new airport at Hokitika. The new Seaview airport opened on 17 December 1951.[1] The opening also marked the extension of the Lodestar service to Westport and onto Wellington southward to Hokitika and the introduction of the larger Lodestar marked the end of NAC services to Greymouth. From this point on a road link between Greymouth town centre and Hokitika Airport was established to connect with NAC’s scheduled flights. Hokitika received its first true airliner service on 2 March 1953 when NAC introduced its 24-seater Douglas DC-3 service from Paraparaumu (Wellington being closed for the construction of the new airport), Nelson and Westport.

NAC inaugurated its Christchurch-Hokitika Friendship service on 20 December 1968. Fokker Friendship ZK-BXI flew the first flight. By 1974 16,945 people were flying through Hokitika each year and from 14 September 1974 NAC introduced Saturday flights from Hokitika to Christchurch. This was the first time Hokitika had had a daily air service.

View of Hokitika airport
ATR-72 (ZK-MCC) Prepares to return to Christchurch. Taken at Hokitika airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson Christchurch
Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways Christchurch

Operational Information[edit]

  • Bitumen runway Strength: PCN 20
    • Lighting
  • Runway 04/22 VASIS 3 degree. caution may show reversed path above 6.5 degrees
  • Wind direction indicator
  • Taxiway edge
  • Apron flood
    • FAL
  • BP Jet A1 and Avgas, swipecard.
  • Shell Jet A1, carnet.
  • Cafe
  • Passenger

The aerodrome is operated by Hokitika Airport Ltd, +6437558123 and is available for general use without permission of the operator. The airport company is owned by the Westland District Council.

The Pavement Construction Number (PCN) is 20 which corresponds to an ability to bare aircraft up to about 84,000 lb or 38,000 kg (with tandem wheel bogies)

The main runway has a landing distance of 1,314 metres, but for take off is considered to have a distance of 1,374m. This will be extended with un-paved gravel in 2013 by 240m to allow limited trans-tasman charter flights. New lighting will be installed.[2]

The airport has a number of car rental firms represented, and a small snack bar.

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