The Taupo Airport is a small airport providing international flights. It is located 8 kilometres to the south of the Taupo township, in the eastern shores of the popular Lake Taupo in New Zealand. The airport has an elevation of 1,335 feet, and is served by two runways measuring 4,547 feet and 2,498 feet respectively. The airport is mainly used for leisure and tourist travels, as it is close to the world-renowned 'The Trout Fishing Capital of the World’, golf, hunting, skiing, and luxury chain of resorts. The airport is also becoming an increasingly popular destination for private jets, and has become the busiest drop zone in New Zealand.
Scheduled flights are operated by Air New Zealand Link Eagle Airways, with flights going to Auckland and Wellington. A number of small charter and training operations are also based here, along with maintenance providers and a large search and rescue facility, making it a multi-purpose airport. The Taupo Airport also handles and serves two commercial tandem skydiving operators. Every year, approximately 35,000 aircraft landings and take-offs are handled in the airport, and it is seen that in the years to come, this number will balloon.
Where to go
Taupo Airport is set on the eastern shores of the great Lake Taupo and its community. Lake Taupo and the Taupo township is an adrenaline-pumping tourist destination with an abundance of activities to offer – primarily extreme sports. Travellers who dare cross and fly to the area via light craft will be welcomed to a new world full of fun-filled activities, including skydiving, jetboating, and even bungee jumping. Other activities include golfing, trout fishing, and skiing, while some downtime would include various options for rest and relaxation. Aside for the activities, which are always the highlight of one's trip to the lake, travellers will also enjoy going around and visiting the destinations here. Never miss out on the Orakei Korako thermal park, which features caves, hot springs, and boiling mud pools, the Tongariro National Park, where views of the lake and the spectacular volcanic mountains can be enjoyed, and the Hika Falls, one of the great watery wonders of New Zealand. Choose your destinations and activities here – but if you were to ask me, I'd arrive and skydive my way down to the airport. From Taupo Airport, travellers may go and visit other domestic short-haul destinations in New Zealand. Go and visit Auckland, or even check out Wellington. Wellington is a gorgeous and modern city at the heart of New Zealand; just seven minutes shy of an hour from the Taupo district. Visit the Tyrannosaurus Rex in Te Papa here, or enjoy some tram ride around the city. Known as the country's cultural capital, travellers will also enjoy the various festivities and events in Wellington. Meanwhile, Auckland is yet another sight to behold, this time only covering some 45-50 minutes by plane. Auckland is an urban and sophisticated city with love for its natural sights – a contrast which travellers enjoy. Dubbed as the 'City of Sails' and 'Super City', Auckland is not short of any destination.
Taupo Airport does not operate international flights. One has to connect to another airport in order to reach the desired destination.
Sadly, Taupo Airport does not provide international long-haul flights from its facilities. Most aircraft that land in the airport are light and small, and the facility cannot currently support anything bigger than light craft. Travellers may, however, go to another airport within New Zealand and check out flights there. Suggested airports include the Auckland International Airport, the Christchurch International Airport, the Wellington International Airport, and the Queenstown International Airport.
How to get out
The Taupo Airport is the main airport serving Taupo and the Lake Taupo area. Travellers may enjoy flights going to domestic destinations including Auckland and Wellington via the airport, but will have to check on other airports to take international long haul flights.