RNZAF Base Auckland

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RNZAF Base Auckland is a Royal New Zealand Air Force base located near the upper reaches of the Waitematā Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand. The base formerly comprised two separate airfields, Whenuapai and Hobsonville. Hobsonville was established as a seaplane station in 1928 and was the RNZAF's primary flying boat base in New Zealand until 1967. Construction of Whenuapai as a base for Vickers Wellington bomber aircraft began in 1937, the hangars being built in 1939.[1] Whenuapai was also Auckland's civil international airport from 1945 to 1965. After World War II Auckland became a centre for RNZAF transport and maritime squadrons. The two independent bases were integrated in 1965 to form RNZAF Base Auckland. Hobsonville subsequently became a grass airfield for No. 3 Squadron RNZAF, which later moved to Ohakea. A New Zealand Army unit comprising various personnel from different regiments as well as the New Zealand Special Air Service were relocated to Papakura Military Camp in 2003.[further explanation needed]

RNZAF Base Auckland

Air Force Ensign of New Zealand.svg
Te kotahitanga o ngaa maahanga

Unification of the twins
Whenuapai Airfield From The Air.jpg
Maori:Te kotahitanga o ngaa maahanga
English:The unification of the twins
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerNew Zealand Defence Force
OperatorAir Force Ensign of New Zealand.svg Royal New Zealand Air Force
LocationWhenuapai, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL100 ft / 30 m
Coordinates36°47′16″S 174°37′49″E / 36.78778°S 174.63028°E / -36.78778; 174.63028Coordinates: 36°47′16″S 174°37′49″E / 36.78778°S 174.63028°E / -36.78778; 174.63028
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 6,665 2,031 Asphalt
08/26 5,187 1,581 Asphalt

Whenuapai was expected to close as well, with the RNZAF being centralised at Ohakea. Infrastructure company Infratil and Waitakere local body leaders studied the feasibility of developing Whenuapai into a commercial airport if the RNZAF moved to Ohakea. In 2009 the government decided to retain the air force base at Whenuapai and implemented a reconstruction programme.[2]

A significant reconstruction phase has begun at RNZAF Base Whenuapai since the start of 2011, major works have been carried out on the main runway, taxiways, and also the relocation of several units from RNZAF Base Hobsonville. Further development will ensure the RNZAF will remain at the present location. A significant government spending programme has been carried out to ensure the present base is brought up to standard.

In 2016 new facilities were under construction to replace those lost with the closure of RNZAF Base Hobsonville or closed due to non-compliance with increased earthquake safety standards introduced following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. This involves a brand new gymnasium, accommodation, a 25-metre weapons range, and a state of the art medical facility. All projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Additional funding will also improve areas to the flight line and aprons after a $30 million upgrade on the main runway and taxiways was completed in 2012.

A member of the RNZAF Parachute Training and Support Unit trails the air force flag during the air show at Whenuapai in March 2009.
A No. 40 Squadron Boeing 757-200 in 2006

The personnel strength is around 1500.

Flying SquadronsEdit

Squadron Aircraft Role
No. 5 Squadron P-3 Orion Maritime Surveillance
No. 6 Squadron Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite Naval Aviation
No. 40 Squadron C-130 Hercules, Boeing 757 Tactical and Strategic transport.

Other unitsEdit


  1. ^ "News Of The Day". Auckland Star. 1 March 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Cabinet confirms plans for Whenuapai". Scoop. 31 March 2009.

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