Orbx | Announce New Airport in New Zealand!


Orbx has today introduced us to a new airport, this time it’s a New Zealand based airport!

“NZWR Whangarei Airport, Orbx’s first North Island airport; located in the northernmost city in New Zealand in the Northland region of the North Island. Whangarei has been on my radar for several years now, and with the assistance of one of our forums members (tuisong) for on-site photography this beautiful NZ destination has been made possible.

This project includes the airport itself along with a large amount of photoreal coverage of the bay and valley that the city of Whangarei itself is in. There are some additional locations included in this package, including 3 helipads and many important points of interest for navigation and visiting.

Whangarei Airport is situated on the Onerahi peninsula, southeast of the city center. While limited by the geography of the area, it has two runways, a sealed asphalt runway of 3,599ft and a grass runway of 1,558ft.

The airport is served by regular flights to Auckland operated by Air New Zealand Link on Dash 8 Q300 aircraft. A smaller air taxi service, Sunair, operates flights to Claris, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Rotorua using Piper PA-23 Aztec’s and Cessna 172’s. The airport has been previously served by Beechcraft 1900’s and ATR 72’s.”

Airports and heliports

  • NZWR Whangarei Airport – HD airport
  • NZJR Whangarei Hospital Heliport – helipad atop the city hospital, west of the city center
  • NEST Helicopter Base – rescue helicopter base north of the city center
  • McLeod Bay Helipad – new helipad at the entrance of Whangarei Harbor, built for rescue operations


  • Detailed rendition of NZWR Whangarei Airport
  • Three additional helicopter pads around the city and surrounds
  • Color blended and fully autogen annotated photoreal coverage of Whangarei airport, city, and harbor
  • Advanced rendering techniques for realistic materials at the airport, including precipitation effects on the ground surfaces, specular shine, and bump mapping
  • Dynamic lighting in Prepar3D v4, provided by Jon Murchison
  • APX designed for AI Traffic Australia and New Zealand package, designed by Graham Eccleston
  • POI’s including Marsden Point refinery, Portland cement plant, Te Matau bridge, and detailed city center
  • ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow, and StaticFlow included
  • Airport modeled with on-site photography provided by Roger Alchin.

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