Rotorua Regional Airport is an airport operated by the Rotorua Regional Airport Limited. It is a publicly-owned airport that serves the Rotorua area and the inland Bay of Plenty, located on the Te Ngae Road of the suburb of Rotokawa, about six kilometres from the central business district.
Opened in 1963 with a 1,378-by-30-metre sealed runway, the facility replaced the old Whakarewarewa Aerodrome, which was located just north of Sala Street in what is now a residential area. In 2002, the southern end of the runway was extended, bringing it to its total length of 1,622 metres. Several extensions were further applied, and then it was made into a 2,114-metre runway.
Further, international services to Sydney in Australia, along with several local destinations were previously served from the airport. However the sole international flight ceased so that the airport can focus mainly on strengthening domestic routes within New Zealand, especially its plans on initiating non-stop flights to Queenstown. Currently, services from the airport cover the areas of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Gisborne, and Napier.
Rotorua Regional Airport has one main terminal that consists of a two-storey building with six tarmac gates. It is home to several commercial services, along with general aviation hangars that are located to both the north and the south of the terminal. The said terminal was originally built upon the taking of the previous aerodrome, which was the original commercial service provider to Rotorua and its surrounds. Airlines that operate out of the terminal include Air New Zealand (operated by Air Nelson, Eagle Airways, and Mount Cook Airline), Sunair, and Tauck Tours operated by Alliance Airlines.
Services and Facilities
Rotorua Regional Airport resides at an elevation of 285 metres or 936 feet above mean sea level, and uses two runways that measure 2,114 and 773 metres long, respectively. The shorter runway has a grass surface, while the longer runway has an asphalt surface. Within the terminal, passengers may access the meeting rooms, the Robert Harris Cafe, a bookstore, the car park, and several special assistance desks. Lost property desks are also located within the airport, along with bike assembly point areas for travellers who are carrying bikes with them. Free Wi-Fi/Internet connectivity is also provided within the main terminal. Ground transportation facilities, including car rentals, helicopter rentals, buses, and taxis can also be accessed from the grounds.