Taupo Airport Taupo Airport (TUO) Anzac Memorial Dr, Wharewaka, Taupo 3378, New Zealand
Posted on December 3, 2015 / 917 Listing verified as genuine
Listing Type : Airport
Item Type : Airport
Location : Taupo
Opening Hours
  • Monday :Closed
  • Tuesday :Closed
  • Wednesday :Closed
  • Thursday :Closed
  • Friday :Closed
  • Saturday :Closed
  • Sunday :Closed
Airport type Public
Operator Taupo Airport Authority
Location Taupo
Elevation AMSL 1,335 ft / 407 m
Coordinates 38°44′23″S176°05′04″E
Website http://taupoairport.co.nz/
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 4,547 1,386 Asphalt
11/29 2,398 731 Grass


Taupo Airport (Māori: Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Taupō, (IATA: TUO, ICAO: NZAP)) is a small airport 8 km (5.0 mi) to the south of Taupo township on the eastern shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand.

Scheduled flights are operated by Air New Zealand Link Eagle Airways, using Beechcraft 1900D aircraft and Sounds Air. Due to its close proximity to world-renowned trout fishing, golf, hunting, skiing and luxury resorts, the Airport is becoming an increasingly popular destination for private jets.

A number of small charter and training operations are also based here along with maintenance providers and a large search and rescue facility. In addition there are two commercial tandem skydiving operators making Taupo Airport the busiest drop zone in New Zealand.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson Auckland (begins 1 February 2016)
Air New Zealand Link operated by Eagle Airways Auckland (ends 8 February 2016)
Sounds Air Wellington

Operational information

  • Airfield elevation is 1335 ft AMSL
  • Runway 17/35, 1386 x 30 metres sealed
  • Runway 11/29, 731 x 60 metres grass
  • Runway lighting available
  • Pavement Strength PCN 26 is advisory only
  • Circuit: RWY 11/17 – right hand RWY 29/35 – left hand
    • Circuit Height: 2300 ft AMSL
  • RWY 11 is not available for takeoff
  • Grass parallel to Rwy 17/35 closed take-off and landing

Taupo Airport is located within a Mandatory Broadcast Zone (MBZ) in uncontrolled (G) airspace with type C airspace starting at 6500 ft AMSL and controlled by Christchurch Control. Taupo Airport is the second busiest non-towered airport in New Zealand.


  • Clark & Jolly Helicopters
  • Helicopter Services (BOP)
  • Heli Harvest
  • Helispecs
  • Helipro
  • Philips Search and Rescue Trust
  • Rotor and Wing Maintenance
  • Taupo Air Services
  • Taupo Tandem Skydiving
  • Skydive Taupo
  • Super Air
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