For more than 50 years since opening in 1964, Rotorua Airport has been a gateway to the region with daily, direct services to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The Airport has changed dramatically from the 1378m runway which was initially built to accommodate the aircraft of the time, including DC-3s and Fokker F27 planes to the current runway which can accommodate regular services, jets and international charter flights.
The number of passengers using Rotorua Airport is increasing and this year it will surpass 250,000 travellers. The increased demand, together with changing security regulations and the desire to create a facility Rotorua can be proud of, have driven the need to redevelop our terminal.
October 2, 1964
A crowd of about 10,000 turn out for the official opening of the airport by Prime minister Keith Holyoake
NAC starts flying into Rotorua Airport
Royal visit by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne, who were holidaying at Moose Lodge on Lake Rotoiti
Mount Cook Airlines, which had operated between Rotorua and Mt Cook, gets approval to fly between Rotorua and Auckland
Last DC3 flies into Rotorua
Extension to increase the terminal and two new aircraft parking pads
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Rotorua on the VIP Friendship, accompanied by RNZAF Iroquois helicopters
Jean Batten visits Rotorua
Air Central Ltd begins flights between Rotorua and Napier and Rotorua and New Plymouth
New terminal commissioned
Terminal upgrade including increased aviation security finished
Southern terminal extension completed
11,000 turn out to 50th anniversary open day
Transtasman flights to Sydney begin from Rotorua Airport
Transtasman flights from Rotorua Airport finish
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Rotorua Airport as part of their Australasian tour
Rotorua Airport undergoes terminal upgrade underway to address seismic issues, and cater for increasing growth