new zealand Hobsonville Airbase

Auckland, Auckland
new zealand

3.3277NZWP Whenuapai, Auckland
8.3 81NZJN North Shore Hospital, Auckland
9.7122 Auckland - Wynyard Wharf, Auckland
10.4122 Auckland - Princes Wharf, Auckland
10.5121 Auckland - Queens Wharf, Auckland
11.5111 HMNZD Devonport, Auckland

1928 to 2002

36 47 30 secs S - 174 40 E
9nm NW of Auckland
Elevation: 62 feet

Surveyed in 1927 as a base for the New Zealand Permanent Air Force, it opened in 1928 initially as a seaplane base due to its excellent location adjacent to Waikatere Harbour alongside Auckland. It remained a seaplane base until 1967 when the last RNZAF Sunderland flying boats were retired.
It was expanded several times between 1934 and 1938 as the international situation deteriorated in the run up to WWII.  It served as a bomber base and maintenance facility during the war.
It made New Zealand aviation history as the first base to operate the first RNZAF helicopters, the Bell 47G from Dec 1965. It was the shore base for the RNZN Wasps (maintained by the RNZAF) and during 1965, Hobsonville was administratively combined with next door Whenuapai Airbase to form the RNZAF Base Auckland complex. When the Wasps were retired, the interim SH-2F replacements were initially based here.
Operational flying ceased in 2002; the base is drawing down, prior to closure and although the RNZAF Aviation Medicine Unit is still based here, the site is also the scence of occasional weekend racing, dog shows and was used in 2004/2005 as a film set for one of C. S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1965/983 squadronseasprite 1997/05
205 1966/15
wasp 1966/98
47 1965/10

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