Hawke’s Bay Airport is celebrating 60 years

Hawke’s Bay Airport turns 60 in 2024, and we’re going all out to celebrate. Join us for a year full of exciting events, including a brand-new kids’ play area, the ever popular ‘Run the Runway’ event, and a photo competition with some fantastic local prizes. It’s going to be a year to remember!

The airport, located on land elevated from Te Whanganui a Orotū after the 1931 earthquake, was developed by Napier Aero Club members who cleared and levelled it for aviation. Initially, East Coast air connections started in 1935 from Napier to Gisborne, moving to this site (Beacons Aerodrome) later. Commercial airlines have operated here since the 1930s. A 1310m sealed runway was built, with the first Fokker Friendship landing in December 1963. Officially opened on 15 February 1964, the airport has since introduced two terminals, the latest offering a contemporary space with potential for expansion.

Find out about our new Airport features celebrating our 60th Anniversary

It’s competition time!

Let’s make this year extra special as we celebrate 60 amazing years. A super-sized ‘60’ sign representing the flora and fauna of Hawke’s Bay has been installed in the terminal foyer and we would love you to snap a photo in front of the ‘Big floral 60’, sharing the joy with us. We have some amazing local prizes to give away throughout the year, and we will be drawing a different prize each month from the those who have commented on the Facebook post with their photo.

How to enter: 

This month’s prize – April 2024:

A 2-night staycation for up to 6 people at the beautiful Kiwiesque Luxury Vineyard Villa accommodation (valued up to $1800).

Terms and conditions of prize: Adults over the age of 25 only. ID maybe requested. Non-transferable. Staycation must be booked and used by 30 Sept 2024. Find out more at: Luxury Group Accommodation Hawke’s Bay | Kiwiesque

Terms & Conditions of Competition


First published by Hawke’s Bay Airport.