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Queenstown Airport Corporation Limited (QAC) is a Council-Controlled Trading Organisation (CCTO) with two shareholders – Queenstown Lakes District Council (75.1%) and Auckland Airport (24.9%). QAC is charged with the responsibility of ensuring this critical national infrastructure asset is efficient, operationally robust and provides value for money. QAC strives to deliver world-class facilities and an outstanding passenger experience, and reflect the best of what our region has to offer.

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Queenstown Airport Liaison Committee

The purpose of the committee is to act as a forum and interface between the Queenstown Airport Corporation, the community and other stakeholders regarding day-to-day issues related to noise at Queenstown Airport. The appointment of representatives reflects the communities in close proximity to the Queenstown Airport: Frankton, Kelvin Heights, Hanleys Farm/Jacks Point, Lake Hayes Estate/Quail Rise/Shotover Country. 

The functions of the community representatives on QALC are to:

  • Present the views of the local residents and community (including neighbouring properties and special interest groups);

  • Ensure resident and community views have a direct route into the noise management process; and

  • Promote communication and understanding between the residents / community and the Queenstown Airport Corporation and airport users and providing regular feedback on the deliberations of the QALC.

Queenstown Airport

About Queenstown Airport

As New Zealand’s fourth busiest airport for passenger numbers and the gateway to Central Otago and the Southern Lakes region, Queenstown Airport is a key economic driver of the region’s tourism industry and economy.

Located in Frankton, a 10-minute drive from central Queenstown, the airport services the surrounding area with daily domestic flights and regular direct trans-Tasman flights. It is also one of New Zealand's busiest helicopter bases and is heavily used for tourist 'flightseeing', especially to Milford Sound and Mount Cook, using both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.

Contact the Airport Office

Physical address: Sir Henry Wigley Drive, Queenstown
Postal address: PO Box 2641, Queenstown 9349
Phone: +64 3 450 9031
Fax: +64 3 442 3515

Wānaka Airport

The Wānaka Airport is located at:

16 Lloyd Dunn Place
State Highway 6 (SH6)

Glenorchy Airstrip

Item/s Cost
Per landing $18 excl. GST
  • The Glenorchy Airstrip Reserve (The Reserve) is situated just south of the township of Glenorchy on the banks of Lake Wakatipu.  The airstrip is utilised by small private fixed wing aircraft, helicopter operations.  It's also a base for skydive and other recreational aeronautical activities.

    A newly formed vehicular access road from Glenorchy-Queenstown Road was opened in 2019 to provide a safe access route to the airstrip.

    There are no Council maintained facilities at the airstrip currently.

  • Members

    Councillor Craig Ferguson

    Elected member who is appointed to the Glenorchy Community

    Robert Bakhuis

    Glenorchy Community Association Representative

    Mike Clay

    General Manager Operations at Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC)

    Jay Cameron

    Wyuna Preserve Residents Association/ Blanket Bay

    Jeannie Galavazi

    Parks & Reserves Planning Manager, Queenstown Lakes District Council

    Brad McCleay


    Nick Nicholson


  • This document outlines those procedures and rules governing day-to-day operations at Glenorchy Airstrip with respect to the responsible management of noise generated by the airstrip's activities. Included are such operational restrictions considered necessary to minimise the impact of noise on the airstrip's neighbours and the Glenorchy community.

    Noise Management Plan

    The rules and procedures contained in this document are intended to keep aircraft flight paths from noise sensitive areas in the vicinity of the airstrip, consistent with CAA Rules and flight safety.

    3.9       Fixed Wing Noise Abatement Procedures

    The following procedures must be adhered to unless the pilot in command considers it unsafe to do so:

    a)         Circuit directions as depicted in the AIP must be adhered to.

    b)         Avoid flying over Glenorchy township where possible.

    c)         Circling to the east of the airstrip is only permitted as part of a standard overhead rejoin procedure.

    d)         Departing aircraft must reduce to climb power as soon as safely practicable after take-off.

    e)         Aircraft departing to the north or east should:

    i.          From runway 14 turn right and depart downwind remaining to the west of Glenorchy.

    ii.         From runway 32 turn left after takeoff after passing abeam Blanket Bay and before reaching Glenorchy township, and climb to the west of Glenorchy township.

    f)          Aircraft departing to the south or west should:

    i.          From runway 14 depart straight ahead or turn right and depart cross-wind.

    ii.         From runway 32 turn left after take-off after passing abeam Blanket Bay and before reaching Glenorchy township, and depart downwind or cross-wind.

    g)         Aircraft arriving from the north or east that are not joining overhead should:

    i.          For runway 14 keep joint straight in keeping east of Glenorchy township.

    ii.         For runway 32 position to join downwind, avoiding overflight of Glenorchy township.

    h)        Aircraft arriving from the south or west that are not joining overhead should:

    i.          For runway 14 join down wind or right base, keeping south of Glenorchy township.

    ii.         For runway 32 join straight in or left base.


    3.10    Helicopter Noise Abatement Procedures

    The following procedures must be adhered to unless the pilot in command considers it unsafe to do so:

    a)         Helicopters should follow fixed wing circuit patterns as depicted in the AIP, with the exception that helicopters departing to land at Wyuna or Blanket Bay may fly direct.

    b)         Unless landing there, avoid flying over Glenorchy township, Blanket Bay and Wyuna preserve.

  • You cannot fly a drone (or film using a drone) within the Glenorchy Airstrip property or within a 4 kilometre radius of the Glenorchy Airport without authorisation from Airways Air Traffic Control.

    We are not giving approvals for remote controlled aircraft (including drones) to fly over our parks, reserves and roads at present, unless it is for a Commercial Film permit and the operator is certificated under Rule 102 of the Civil Aviation Act.

    More resources:

    New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority rules for drone flying are available both on the Airshare website airshare.co.nz and CAA’s own website:


  • Complaints regarding noise generated from Glenorchy Airstrip or airstrip activities shall be directed to the Airstrip Manager. 

    The Glenorchy Airstrip Manager does not accept responsibility for investigating any noise complaint related to the conduct of flight or the actions of any Pilot in Command or aircraft operator occurring outside a rectangular area of airspace measuring 9km north-south by 7km east-west centered on the runway. 

    This area broadly covers the Glenorchy Airstrip circuit area and includes Glenorchy township, Blanket Bay Resort and Wyuna Preserve.


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