About Rotorua Airport

Rotorua Airport is an important gateway to the Central North Island, providing direct flights daily to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Used by a mix of business and leisure travellers, demand for the airport continues to grow with passenger numbers hitting a 10 year high in 2019, with more than 265,000 people travelling through the Airport.

Rotorua Airport began operating in 1964 as a joint venture between the Rotorua District Council and the Crown. The Crown sold its 50% share to a private company in 1987, with the Council buying those shares in 2003 and taking over full ownership of the Airport assets in 2004.

Today, Rotorua Airport operates as a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) with an independent board. The airport can cater for domestic jets, as well as trans-Tasman charter flights through a fully enabled MPI and Custom Clearance facility. Read more...

In 2019 a significant upgrade of the Airport is underway which will future-proof the airport, meet new security and seismic strengthening requirements, cater for growth in passenger numbers and improve first impressions for visitors.

The airport has developed a Masterplan, to guide future growth aspirations.

About our Business

Our vision is to be a uniquely Rotorua hub our community can be proud of.

We have 5 key priorities:

  • Be a safe airport
  • Help the Council achieve its growth aspirations
  • Manage and maintain assets to a high standard
  • Be financially sustainable
  • Be environmentally conscious

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