Rotorua Airport's boundaries are within a controlled airspace. This means you need to gain consent from Air Traffic Control to fly anything manned or unmanned within this space.

Drones are classified as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), and due to their increased popularity and affordability, there has been an increase in private usage resulting in a larger number of drones being flown for recreational and commercial purposes.

Rotorua Airport encourages all operators of UAVs and RPAs to familiarise themselves with the Civil Aviation Rules (CAA) surrounding drone usage in controlled airspace, which were introduced on 1 August 2015. The purpose of the CAA is to ensure that aviation safety is maintained and that drone operators are taking responsibility for their operations near air spaces.

Please raise an Airshare Request with Rotorua Tower in the first instance otherwise contact Jayne Marsh. Thank you for your co-operation which allows us to continue to operate safely and efficiently. 

Additional information
Maps: Know where to fly within New Zealand 
Council policies: Know your rights on council land 
Rules and regulations: Civil Aviation Authority information
MyFlights: Log and register your flights 

Kite Surfing

To protect the safety of aircraft, Civil Aviation Rules Part 101 specifies the requirements for kite surfing in our airspace. In accordance with Part 101.55 a person shall not operate a kite within 4km of Rotorua Airport aerodrome boundary unless certain requirements are met.  

To help keep our skies safe please do not kite surf in the Hannahs Bay / Holdens Bay area. Rotorua Airport or Rotorua Air Traffic Control will not authorise kite surfing in those areas.    

Rotorua Air Traffic Control can be contacted on 07 345 5199 for permission to kite surf in other areas of Lake Rotorua. Further information: https://www.aviation.govt.nz/rules/rule-part/show/101


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