Thames Airfield Development

We're calling for expression of interest in leases to build hangars at Thames Airfield, in phase one of a development plan that would see hangar accommodation and commercial space become available.

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Thames Airfield cleared for takeoff with new hangar leases to be available soon

Our Council is calling for expressions of interest from those in the aviation community who may be interested in leasing space at Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield in Thames to build aircraft hangars.

We want to gauge the level of interest ahead of a formal tendering process to begin on 7 April 2021.

Development at the airfield will be staged, with the first lease sites available  for hangars only. 

The second stage will involve establishment of accommodation hangars and commercial activities. 

In keeping with the airfield designation of the land under our Council’s District Plan, all activities in the airfield precinct, including accommodation hangars and commercial development, must be aviation-related. 

"This is such an exciting development for the airfield and for Thames,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Council staff have been working very closely with airfield users to get the conditions right for the airfield to be used to its maximum potential. We’re cleared for takeoff!” 

Development plans for Thames Airfield

The sites initially available to be leased will be H1 to H5, H7 and H8 on the development plan. Hangar sites H9 to H16 will later become available, as will 20 residential hangar sites and land for commercial activity. 

Infrastructure including a small internal roading network, parking, water, wastewater and stormwater control will be developed. 

Development and design guidelines for the airfield are being prepared. This is to ensure that new building development is consistent in all aspects of design and aesthetics. 

The principles for airfield development will be: 

  • Integrating new development into the landscape and setting 
  • Building lines, styles and features 
  • Honest materials and local colours 
  • Scale, massing and height 

Our Council has updated the Thames Airfield Master Plan to provide a vision for the future development of the airfield.

The update included a review of the Civil Aviation Authority regulatory framework under which the airfield currently operates and how that could change in the future, and advice on the types and scale of practical and realistic future airfield activities.  

Key land-use planning elements such as Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS), Aircraft Noise implications and Building Induced Wake Effect in relation to suggested developments were looked at, and the airfield Master Plan layout, which allocated spaces for various land uses and activities (aeronautical and non-aeronautical), indicating primary infrastructure elements such as runways, taxiways, aprons, main roads and existing facilities was reviewed. Airbiz Aeronautical carried out this review. 

Since that review, our Council has updated the airfield designation to meet our District Plan’s requirements for future development. 

Register your interest

Send your expression of interest in leasing space for an aircraft hangar by 22 January 2021 to charmian.nell@tcdc.govt.nz or call on 07 868 0200.  

About Thames Airfield

Thames Airfield from above

Thames is the key service town for the Coromandel and much of the Hauraki Plains and is little more than a one-hour drive from Auckland (including Ardmore Airport) and Hamilton – or about 15 minutes by plane. Tauranga is less than two hours by car. Most of the Coromandel Peninsula is within a 90-minute drive from Thames. 

Thames Airfield, formally known as Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield, is one of several small airfields on the Coromandel serving the needs of the aviation community through the region.  The proximity to Ardmore, the wider Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, and the Hauraki Gulf Islands of Waiheke and Great Barrier make Thames both a great base for aircraft owners and for those transiting the region. 

Thames-Coromandel District Council is the owner and operator of the airfield and it’s available for general use.  

The airfield hosts commercial helicopter operations, the Thames Air Cadets and it’s a great site for skydiving, gliding and flying instruction. 

The main north-south runway is 1,112m long and the secondary east-west runway is 707m long. Both are grassed. Fuel pumps dispense Jet A1 and Avgas 100. 

For operational information on Thames Airfield go to our website tcdc.govt.nz/thamesairfield