Timaru Airport (TIU)
Timaru Airport is a regional airport in South Canterbury. Officially called Richard Pearse Airport, it's named after the local aviation pioneer who some believe flew before the Wright Brothers. The airport is 13km north of Timaru.
Only 1 domestic route currently operates out of the airport. Air New Zealand flights to/from Wellington depart once or twice per day. Along with Invercargill Airport, Timaru Airport is one of the only major regional airports that doesn't fly to Auckland.
Timaru Airport facilities
The airport opens from roughly 6.30am to 8.30pm every day, based on when the first and last flights arrive and depart. It has a single gate and a single asphalt runway, along with 2 grass runways for lighter aircraft.
Facilities are limited to vending machines, toilets and information points. The airport completed a $1.3m upgrade in early 2018, which expanded its capacity from 450 square metres to almost 600 sq m. This upgrade also included a new baggage claim area, improved toilets, seating, lighting and structural improvements.
Parking is free beside the terminal for up to 3 hours. After this time, it's charged at $5 per day.
Get an introduction to the Timaru District and the townships of Geraldine, Pleasant Point and Timaru by watching this video:
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Please note: all information is correct as of March, 2018.