Sleeping in Airports

Whangarei Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Whangarei Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I got out my sleeping back and slept under a tree in the parking lot. – Angela

WRE Airport Overview

whangarei airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Whangarei Airport.

What to Expect

Whangarei Airport (code: WRE) has a tiny terminal that handles a few domestic routes. Amenities are limited to an eatery and free WiFi.

Where to Sleep

Due to limited operating hours, overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, a nearby hotel offers free shuttle service on request. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Whangarei Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at the airport. There is one hotel on the road from the airport to town:

  • Flames International Hotel – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available on request. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Whangarei Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at this airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Whangarei Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant,diaper-changing tables are available.

Food & Drinks – The Apron operates in accordance with the Air New Zealand flight schedule.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 5:30AM – 6:00PM (Sun – Fri) • 6:00AM – 5:30PM (Sat). It is not possible to sleep in the airport overnight.


Whangarei airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Sunair Aviation.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Whangarei Airport is linked to Whangarei CBD via CityLink bus, which stops right outside of the terminal.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located in the Baggage Claim area: Avis • Budget • Hertz • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were able to find only one hotel that provides airport transportation (for a fee): Flames International Hotel.

Taxis and Shuttles

A variety of taxis and shared-ride shuttles are available at the airport during airport hours of operation.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.