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'
Tauranga, NZTG: There may not have been many good flying days recently, but you only need one. Steve Butler and instructor Kevin Healey managed to find a nice day in between the storms for a cross-country flight to Tauranga, which is a popular place to go with a great aviation museum, good cafe, and Air Traffic Control to polish up one's skills of flying in controlled airspace.
Steve and the Tecnam ZK-CDL at Tauranga
Coromandel Coast: On the way back from Tauranga, after crossing the mountains.
A little north of Thames flying north up the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula. Little Barrier island 53 nautical miles away on the horizon to the mid left.
LaValla Estate Airfield (Tuakau): A new addition to our 'airfields' page is the LaValla Estate Airfield near Tuakau. Peter Jackson, who runs the Estate, provides a vehicle for visiting aviators. Details: A private airfield 45 miles south east of West Auckland Airport at E174.9630 S37.2477, near Tuakau. Runway 05/23 is 440m with unconfirmed Google Earth measurements showing a 8% slope up to the midpoint, then reasonably flat to the end, so landings would usually be to the East and takeoffs to the West. If landing downhill on 23 beware of the fence at the top. There is a clear drop off the lower end of 05.
Vehicle lives on airfield for Pilot use, if vehicle not there phone Peter. 95 Octane fuel can be arranged. LaValla Estate has very nice accomodation and breakfast can be purchased. Sundays have 'lunches with a difference' and live music. Tuakau has Cafes, Antique shop and Museum.
Contacts: Peter Jackson 021 610 375 with secondary number Shaun 021 733 059
LaValla Estate Airfield (Tuakau). Airfield at bottom of the photo, Event Centre the orange roofed building top right.
Ngauruhoe on display: Peter went for a flight after all the recent show, and sends this photo of the mountain in its winter finery. Great for flying over, but possibly a little more challenging than usual for those wanting to do the Tongariro crossing on foot.
Mt Ngauruhoe, 7516ft
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.
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