Our history

Air Scouts at opening of new Rotorua Airport 1964. Published in Rotorua Photo News, Oct 24th edition, Photographer Michael Burton.

Air Scouts at opening of new Rotorua Airport 1964. Published in Rotorua Photo News, Oct 24th edition, Photographer Michael Burton.

October 2, 1964
A crowd of about 10,000 turn out for the official opening of the airport by Prime minister Keith Holyoake

1970
Royal visit by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne, who were holidaying at Moose Lodge on Lake Rotoiti

1971
NAC starts flying into Rotorua Airport

1972
Mount Cook Airlines, which had operated between Rotorua and Mt Cook, gets approval to fly between Rotorua and Auckland


1973
First DC3 flies into Rotorua

1974
Extension to increase the terminal and two new aircraft parking pads

1977
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Rotorua on the VIP Friendship, accompanied by RNZAF Iroquois helicopters

1977
Jean Batten visits Rotorua

1978
Air Central Ltd begins flights between Rotorua and Napier and Rotorua and New Plymouth

Daughter of the skies - Jean Batten

Daughter of the skies - Jean Batten

2004
New terminal commissioned

2005
Terminal upgrade including increased aviation security finished

2008
Southern terminal extension completed

2015
11,000 turn out to 50th anniversary open day


2009
Transtasman flights to Sydney begin from Rotorua Airport

2014
Transtasman flights from Rotorua Airport finish

2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Rotorua Airport as part of their Australasian tour

2019
Rotorua Airport undergoes terminal upgrade underway to address seismic issues, and cater for increasing growth

 

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