Kaikoura Airport

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Kaikoura Airport
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
Kaikoura is located in New Zealand
Location on map of New Zealand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 700 2,297 Bitumen
05/23 615 2,018 Grass
Source: NZAIP Volume 4 AD[1]

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

The new Kaikoura airport building log cabin style in 2016


The Airport was opened in 1964. It was constructed by council staff at a cost of 4000 pounds. It had an original grass runway of 575 metres (1,886 ft). 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 19 July 2004 Sounds Air started twice daily services from Wellington using its Airvan aircraft. But these also ended as of May 2009 as they were not a success.[6]

On 21 November 2016, Sounds Air began a temporary daily Monday to Friday air service from Kaikoura to Blenheim and Christchurch, after the main transport links to the town were severed by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. The service was planned to run for at least three weeks, using the company's Cessna Caravan.[7] It was extended to the end of December 2017.

Wings Over Whales, a scenic flight operator based at Kaikoura offers whale watching and other charter flights.[8]

Operational information

  • 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


  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. ^ Lowe, Steve (17 November 2016). "Sounds Air comes to Kaikoura's Rescue". 3rd Level New Zealand. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.whales.co.nz/privatecharter.html
Kaikoura airfield, Canterbury, New Zealand, June 2007

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