Whangarei Airport is the closest airport from New Zealand’s Northernmost City. It is a short distance of approximately ten minute drive from the city. This airport is located at Handforth Street, Onerahi. It has a single airbus terminal and two gates. Meaning it can serve only a small portion of the busy Northernmost City, mainly the international tourists and flying local people. Located near the sea, this airport is also able to receive and deliver goods ready for sea transport.
A car hire around Whangarei is the easiest and most effective way to tour the city and enjoy its beautiful scenery. You do not need to depend on the public transportation if you wish to navigate the region in the shortest of times. At Whangarei Airport, there are adequate car hire companies at the terminal building. These agencies have their desks at the luggage claim exit. It is recommended to rent a car in advance, but you can do it as soon as you land at the airport. If you book earlier, not only you will get the car you want, but also you will avoid filling out unnecessary paperwork when you arrive. In addition, you can usually get a discount when booking in advance.
The town’s public transportation is not highly developed, and besides the rental cars in Whangarei Airport, you can take a bus or a taxi from to reach the central business district. Nevertheless, most travelers opt to rent a car instead of waiting for the bus. One of the reasons for this is that it is convenient and affordable. Another reason is that a rented car lets you access areas that public transport or your own two feet cannot get you on time.
The Whangarei town has a lot to offer to the tourists, and one of the biggest attractions is the Whangarei falls located at the heart of the town. The falls are so beautiful and well exploited for bungee jumping. Another wonderful place to visit is Mount Parihaka. This is a volcanic dome and is well over twenty million years old. It offers a magnificent view of the land yonder. The mountain is surrounded by the Parihaka Scenic Reserve, which is easily accessible on foot, or by car. The Hatea river also flows south of the city and into the Whangarei harbor. So a car hire will get you to all these places once you are at Whangarei Airport.