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Woodbourne Airport

Woodbourne Airport
BHE is located in New Zealand Marlborough
Location of airport in Marlborough
Airport type Public and Military
Operator Marlborough Airport Ltd
Serves Blenheim, New Zealand
Location State Highway 6, Blenheim, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 33 m / 109 ft
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06R/24L 1,425 4,675 Bitumen
06L/24R 1,425 4,675 Grass
10/28 1,182 3,878 Grass
Statistics (2013 [1][2])
Passenger throughput 227,886
Landings 9,399
Aircraft movements (2010) 22,829

Woodbourne Aerodrome (ICAO: NZWB) is a small, controlled aerodrome located 3NM (8 km) west of Blenheim in the South Island of New Zealand, on State Highway Six, Middle Renwick Road. Marlborough Airport (Company Name) is a busy regional airport co-located with RNZAF Base Woodbourne in the Wairau Valley on the north-eastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The airport has a single terminal and 7 tarmac gates.


Woodbourne was one of the first airports in New Zealand. Today it is one of the few remaining air force bases (RNZAF Base Woodbourne); with general maintenance and initial training conducted there. Woodbourne also serves as the civil airport for Blenheim. Runway 06R/24L was sealed for Fokker Friendships in 1961, and was one of the first regional airports in the country to take turboprop aircraft.

Today it has more frequent operations, with Air New Zealand's regional subsidiary Eagle Airways using Beechcraft 1900 and Air Nelson using Bombardier Q300 aircraft. The busiest route from Blenheim remains across the Cook Strait to Wellington, 80 km to the north-east; flights take only twenty five minutes. Nightly Air Post flights operated by FokkerFriendship aircraft carry post from the North Island.

The terminal building is scheduled for major renovation in 2014 to cope with growing passenger demand. The redevelopment includes extension of the apron along with new check-in, baggage claim facilities and additional car parking.[3]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson Auckland, Wellington
Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways Christchurch, Wellington
Air2there Kapiti Coast, Nelson
Sounds Air Kapiti Coast (begins 26 January 2015), Wellington

Air New Zealand operate daily up to four flights to Auckland, eight flights to Wellington and three flights to Christchurch[4]

Marlborough Airport terminal building in 2012
Air National Jetstream 32 on the tarmac at Blenheim
RNZAF Boeing 727-200 seen here at Blenheim, this is now on static display

See also


  1. ^ "Blenheim Airport". 
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External links

  • Airport information for NZWB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  • Accident history for BHE / NZWB at Aviation Safety Network
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