Rotorua Airport Development

Terminal Development

What's happening?

The redevelopment of our terminal is about creating a gateway that better reflects Rotorua, allowing us to welcome and farewell passengers with the maanakitanga (hospitality) Rotorua was built on.

We are proud to be creating a facility the community can take pride in. The redevelopment of the terminal is being done in an environmentally sustainable way, featuring New Zealand timber and glass which will enhance the views and increase natural light.

The redevelopment is being carried out in two phases to minimise disruption to passengers.

Phase One

Designed to make the most of our spectacular views to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island, phase one  sees the development of a new arrivals area, including:

  • Rebuilding the north-facing wall in glass, timber and steel
  • New rental car kiosks
  • New rest room facilities, offices and storage space

Phase Two

The development of a new departures building and glass walkway between arrivals and departures features:

  • New security screening facilities to meet industry standards
  • A separate, new departures lounge
  • New contemporary licensed food and beverage offering covering breakfast, lunch, and light dinner menus in departures lounge
  • Outdoor landscaped plaza and seating area
  • Improved rest room facilities
  • Business Hub facility

Completed Developments in August 2020

In August 2020 the developments were completed and the terminal was blessed during a ceremony at dawn. The terminal is now operational and the new cafe open.

Arrivals Lounge

Why we redeveloped the airport?

Our terminal redevelopment is about ensuring Rotorua Airport remains a safe and efficient operation that can meet the demands of the future. As well as catering for growing passenger numbers and providing manuhiri (visitors) with a better first impression, this is about enhancing the space for all Rotorua locals who use the airport on a regular basis.

  • Growing passenger numbers
  • Meeting security and building requirements
  • Opportunity to create a facility Rotorua can be proud of 

Departures Lounge

Design inspiration

Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the terminal design reinforces the connection between the terminal, Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. From the wave pattern of the lake’s edge inspiring the timber screen to the form of Mokoia Island referenced in the roof, the building has a local feel. Full height glass allows natural light in, while the extensive use of timber in both the interior and exterior is an opportunity to showcase Rotorua’s wood product manufacturing, forestry and logging sectors to visitors. Building on the sustainability focus of the airport, native timber used throughout is recycled and, where possible, sourced locally.


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