Westport Airport is an airport found in Kawatiri, in the town of Westport in New Zealand. It is a small domestic airport serving the town and the immediate vicinity, capable of receiving small aircraft and a number of passengers. Since its conception, the airport has served daily flights to Wellington from Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways. The service will end in April 2015, and there’s no information if other airlines are interested in serving the airport and the destination. Other airlines, including Air West Coast, connected the airport and the destination to Greymouth, Christchurch, and Wellington, although the services have since been discontinued. Recently, the airport underwent reconstruction, erecting a new terminal building and improving the airport's total look.
What to see & do
Westport, where Westport Airport can be found, is a town located in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on the Northern bank and at the mouth of the Buller River, close by the prominent headland of Cape Foulwind. It is connected to Greymouth via State Highway 6 some 100 kilometres to the south, and with Nelson in the northeast via the Buller Gorge. The town is sparsely populated, some 5,000 inhabitants in 2007 – and is prominent for its economic activities which are based around fishing, coal mining, dairy farming, and even gold mining. A cement plant is also a large factor in the local economy, shipping products to the local market like the Port of Onehunga in Auckland.
The local tourism scene is a bit dry considering that the city is found in the coast – because the locals tend to focus more on the bigger industries such as mining and fishing. But for the enthusiasts, several water activities can be enjoyed in the coastlines – when the weather allows it. Travellers can arrange to go underground rafting, caving, or even jet boating – sometimes even spotting and viewing the fur seals in Cape Foulwind. Just outside the city, travellers may explore the other West Coast destinations, such as the Reefton Gold Mine and their tours, Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools, Monteiths Brewery and their tours, the Karamea and Kahurangi National
Park, the Reefton, the Punakaiki and Paparoa National Park, and the Wildlife Centre, where people may see real live kiwi birds up close. Further on the south of Greymouth and of Westport, travellers may find Shantytown, a recreation of the traditional gold-rush village with endless historical information on the side.
How to get around within Westport
Being a rather small town, travellers are advised to just walk around to the destinations within the area. Cars and other forms of transport are usually used when going outside the town, to other destinations that are connected to Westport via the state highways. State highways such as Highway 6, 67, and others, bring travellers to Greymouth and other major cities.
How to get there
To get to the town of Westport, travellers are advised to fly down to Wellington through the major international airports in the area. From there, travellers may catch a flight and go to the Westport Airport via Air New Zealand. For cheap flights, visit www.skyscanner.com. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.
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