Planning is under way to expand the terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport (KKE) and to modernise the facilities there. FNHL hopes to start construction in the second quarter of 2018 if building consent is obtained and the tendering process is successful. Building work is expected to take about 10 months.
If all goes well, and the expansion happens as planned, the bigger, better and altogether lovelier KKE will have automated check-in, roomier departure and arrival areas, and a separate luggage collection area.
More details available here.
The purpose of this development is to protect the waterfront, boating and major tourist area of Paihia from damaging sea swells. It also provides for an expansion of maritime and land-based facilities for the public and commercial sectors.
A resource consent application has been granted, with Ministerial approval received on 11 October 2010. Changes to the original concept have been made to mitigate concerns expressed by local iwi and DOC.
Major features of the redevelopment include:
- Close to 325m of new beach between the Paihia Wharf and Nihonui Point, replenishing the foreshore area and creating an attractive recreation area for the local community and visitors.
- Close to 4,000 sq.m of reclamation to improve public access and provide for a hew helipad, landscaped public areas, a promenade, seating and new public facilities.
- New boardwalks, viewing decks, connecting walkways, public shelters and seating.
Artificial reefs to create 440 metres of breakwater.
- A new navigation channel to the Paihia Wharf.
- New commercial berthing facilities for tourism companies.
- An additional twelve berths for visiting craft inside a 160-metre floating wave attenuator.
- A new single-storey cafe and restaurant building, and food kiosk.
- Existing low-level landing and fast boat facilities replaced with purpose-designed new facilities.
- New finger jetties created for larger tour vessels directly off the new reclamation area
- A new fuelling pontoon installed at the western end of the existing wharf wing.
- Deck areas around the existing aquarium and cafe extended to create an outdoor dining and public viewing platform, including the provision of weigh-station facilities for the big game fishing industry.
The redevelopment will provide a new level of community interaction with the coastal environment and accommodate increasing demands from both commercial and recreational boaties for a safer navigational area in which to berth and load passengers.
The project has been put on hold pending improvements to the economy.