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Waikareao Estuary

The Waikareao Estuary mudflats served as Tauranga’s first airfield with World War I pilot Philip Fowler landing his Avro biplane there in April 1922. Landings and take-offs could only take place an hour or so either side of low tide for obvious reasons and Takitimu Expressway now covers the site.

Map No. 2.
Ngā Tapuwae ki Te Papa | 
Footprints on Te Papa.

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