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.

Sleeping in Whangarei Airport

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.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Whangarei Airport Guide.

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 Hours

The airport is open 1 hour before the first Air New Zealand flight and closes after the last arrival. It is not possible to sleep in the airport overnight.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Whangarei airport sounds like a nightmare, there are a few B&Bs nearby and a hotel along the road into the city.  The drive to the city is approx. 15+ minutes away.

  • Comfort Hotel Flames – Free airport shuttle is available on request. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Whangarei, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

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

Rest & Relaxation Zones

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


Free WiFi is available at Whangarei Airport.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATM/Cash Machines – Not available

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

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

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

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charging stations and power sockets are available in the public lounge.

Showers – Not available.

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.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were able to find only one hotel that provides airport transportation: Comfort Flames Hotel.  See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis and Shuttles

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

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.