Kaikoura Aerodrome

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Kaikoura Aerodrome


Kaikoura Aerodrome is located in New Zealand
Kaikoura Aerodrome
Kaikoura Aerodrome
Location on map of New Zealand
Airport type Public
Operator Kaikoura District Council
Location Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 42°25′30″S 173°36′08″E / 42.42500°S 173.60222°E / -42.42500; 173.60222
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 700 2,297 Bitumen
05/23 615 2,018 Grass
Source: NZAIP Volume 4 AD[1]

Kaikoura Aerodrome (IATA: KBZ[2]ICAO: NZKI[3]) is an uncontrolled aerodrome located 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) southwest of Kaikoura at Puketa on the South Island of New Zealand.[1]

The new Kaikoura airport building log cabin style in 2016


The aerodrome was opened in 1964 it was constructed by council staff at a cost of 4000 pounds. It had an original grass runway of 575 meters. In 1983 the Kaikoura aero club was formed. In late 1995 the runway was sealed for the increased traffic and to protect it from damage caused by rabbits.[4] In 1990-91 Air Charter LTD operated scheduled flights to Christchurch using Cessna 210 aircraft.[5] On the 19 July 2004 Sounds Air started twice daily services between Wellington and Kaikoura using its Airvan aircraft. But these were also terminated as of May 2009 services ended as were not a success.[6]

Wings Over Whales[edit]

A scenic flight operator based at Kaikoura offers 30-minute flights for whale watching. Their fleet consists of two aircraft:[7]

Air Kaikoura is another scenic operator based at the aerodrome since 1983.[8]

Operational information[edit]

  • Airfield elevation: 19 feet (6 m) AMSL
  • Runway 05/23: 700 by 10 metres (2,297 ft × 33 ft) bitumen PCN 18
  • Runway 05/23: 615 by 25 metres (2,018 ft × 82 ft) grass ESWL 1090

The aerodrome is operated by Kaikoura District Council and is available for general use without the permission of the operator.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "NZKI Kaikoura" (PDF). AIP New Zealand. Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. 2 Sep 2004. 
  2. ^ Accident history for KBZ at Aviation Safety Network
  3. ^ Airport information for NZKI at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ "3rd Level New Zealand: Kaikoura Airfield - A History". 3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz. 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  5. ^ "3rd Level New Zealand: Air Charter (Christchurch)". 3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz. 2014-09-14. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  6. ^ "3rd Level New Zealand: Sounds Air - The Fast Scenic Way to Cross Cook Strait". 3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz. 2014-08-31. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Wings Over Whales | Whale Watching Kaikoura, New Zealand". Whales.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived 9 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
Kaikoura airfield, Canterbury, New Zealand, June 2007