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Mercer Airfield
Airport type Private
Owner Niel Young
Operator Palms On George Ltd
Location Mercer, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 37°15′27″S 175°6′54″E / 37.25750°S 175.11500°E / -37.25750; 175.11500
Website Mercer Airport Website
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09R/27L 2,460 750 Grass

Mercer Airfield (ICAO: NZME) is an uncontrolled aerodrome 3.23 NM (6 km) northeast of Mercer Village in the Waikato region of New Zealand.


Mercer Airfield was developed by Jim and Libby Lyver. Little information is available however, Mercer Backpackers relocated their operations to the airport as far back as 2002.

In December 2010, Mercer Airport was put up for sale by its then-owner the Auckland Recreational Airparks Trust (ARA Trust); with a tender closing on 16 December 2010. It was published by the Sports Aviation Association (Auckland Chapter) Inc; that the airfield had been acquired by Niel Young.

In May 2014, the Auckland Aero Club held there annual Club Competition at Mercer Airfield.

In 2016, the 56th New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation Annual Rally and Conference was held at Mercer Airfield between June 1 and June 6. In addition to the NZAWA, members from the Australian Women Pilots' Association (AWPA) were also in attendance. In November 2016, Mercer Airfield hosted the Flying NZ Northern Region Competitions.

Operational information

Under the ownership of the ARA Trust, the airfield was used primarily for recreational flying.

Nowadays, Mercer Airport operates primarily for commercial reasons such as skydiving, training and public flying. There are also Helicopter operations on, and north of the airfield.

Mercer Airfield is used as a secondary training ground for Helicopter Flight Training Ltd.

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