Ardmore Airport is one of New Zealand’s busiest general aviation airfields. Situated just 33km from Auckland’s CBD and 11km from Manukau City, the airport is only a short drive from the main commercial centres. Established in 1943, Ardmore Airport has become the country’s premier facility for general aviation and flight training.
As a training centre for the aviation industry, Ardmore is second to none. Approximately 50% of all New Zealand pilots undergo their training at Ardmore. There are often in excess of 250 student pilots from all over New Zealand and a number of international students spending around 18 months living in and around the airport in order to complete the course.
As a recreational resource, Ardmore is utilised by considerable numbers of Aucklanders. The proximity and facilities offered at Ardmore ensure that aviation enthusiasts and newcomers to the industry have the ability to regularly engage in aviation related activities. In addition, there is a significant amount of public interest in Ardmore’s Open Days; these popular events attract thousands of spectators to the Airport each year.
New Zealand Warbirds
Ardmore is an important recreational resource for Warbird enthusiasts; in particular it is the permanent home base to around 40 of the Warbirds aircraft. They attract a large following from the public and regular tours arrive at Ardmore to view their historic and classic aircraft, housed in the NZ Warbirds Visitor Centre.
Daily: 8am – 4pm (Tuesday to Sunday – closed on Monday).
Come in and enjoy breakfast, light meals, take-aways or a coffee at Ardmore Cafe located right next to the Auckland Aero Club rooms along Harvard Lane.
Take in the views of the airfield and runway with cafe style fare, either out on the viewing deck or in the open plan seating area.