Kaikohe Aerodrome

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Kaikohe Aerodrome
Operator Far North Holdings Ltd.
Location Kaikohe, New Zealand
Coordinates 35°27′10.22″S 173°49′0.17″E / 35.4528389°S 173.8167139°E / -35.4528389; 173.8167139
NZKO is located in Northland Region
Location of aerodrome in Northland
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 3,035 925 Grass
17/35 5,052 1,540 Grass

Kaikohe Aerodrome is an airfield south-east of Kaikohe in the Northland region of New Zealand. Built in 1942 as a US Marines bomber base, is the largest grass strip in the Southern hemisphere used now by general aviation. Other than powered aircraft, gliders use the airfield, and an area next to the runways is used by model airplane flyers. There are skydiving operations as well, with a landing spot near the old terminal.

Operational Information[edit]

  • Lighting: Nil
  • Fuel: Air BP Avgas swipecard

Glider Operations[edit]

Gliders commonly use the airfield. Runway 17/35 is used for gliding operations, and use the west side of the runway. Powered aircraft use the other side of the runway during these operations. The 140 meter wide runway is split so that powered aircraft use a 60+ meter wide section, and the remainder is for the gliders. However for an emergency landing all three runways are open. Gliders tend to only use the strip Thursdays and weekends.