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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 that Queenstown Airport, a 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 into Queenstown Lakes District, and reflect the best of what our region has to offer.

Queenstown Airport

About Queenstown Airport

As Aotearoa 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 the wider local economy.

Located in Frankton, a ten-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 Piopiotahi Milford Sound and Aoraki 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

The Queenstown Airport website provides more information on services available on site.

  • Queenstown Airport Corporation Ltd (QAC) is owner and operator of Queenstown International Airport and the operator of Wānaka Airport under a management services agreement. Queenstown Airport is the fourth largest airport in Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the present directors is retiring from the Board at its February Meeting and the shareholders are seeking to appoint a replacement. An advantage for candidates considering this vacancy will be a strong background in finance, auditing and / or risk management, a professional director, or a practicing chartered accountant. The successful candidate will be someone who can work as part of a diverse team and looking to make a positive contribution to this important community asset.

    QAC is a Council Controlled Trading Organisation (CCTO). It is owned by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC – 75.01%) and Auckland International Airport (AIAL – 24.99%). This ownership structure creates an additional layer of public accountability and responsibility for the Board.

    Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates for this position. A person specification and further information on QAC, its annual reports and Statements of Intent are available from its website ( or the Council’s website (  Experience in the airport or airline industry and a background in governance (in particular in the public sector) would also be an advantage. 

    Applications close on Sunday 26 March 2023 and should be sent for the attention of: Mike Theelen, Chief Executive, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown; or via email:


Wānaka Airport

About Wānaka Airport

Wānaka Airport is a natural attraction for visiting aviators and for anyone interested in a range of aviation-related attractions and events, such as the Warbirds Over Wānaka International Air Show and the Warbirds & Wheels visitor attraction. There are more than 11 businesses with around 250 people working in and around the airport on day-to-day operations. These operations include scheduled domestic return service to/ from Christchurch with Sounds Air, a large and growing number of helicopters offering training and charter, and scheduled flights to/from Christchurch with Sounds Air. 

Wānaka Airport is owned by QLDC. Queenstown Airport Corporation manages Wānaka Airport’s day-to-day operations on behalf of QLDC under a management services agreement. These management services include noise monitoring, property management, regulatory planning and compliance, and liaising with the airport community on day-to-day matters. 

Contact the Airport Office

Physical address: 16 Lloyd Dunn Place, State Highway 6 (SH6), Wānaka 9382
Phone: +64 3 443 1112

Glenorchy Aerodrome

About Glenorchy Aerodrome

The Glenorchy Aerodrome Reserve (The Aerodrome) is situated just south of the township of Glenorchy on the banks of Lake Whakatipu. The airstrip is utilised by small private and commercial fixed wing aircraft and helicopter operations. It's also a base for skydive 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.

Landing Fees

Item/s Cost
Per landing $18 excl. GST
  • This committee was established in 2018. The objective of the committee is to advise the QLDC on management and maintenance matters and potential future development of the Glenorchy Airstrip Reserve in accordance with the operative Glenorchy Airstrip Reserve Management Plan and the conditions for the designation for the Glenorchy Aerodrome provided in the Queenstown Lakes Proposed District Plan, in a timely and efficient manner. The Committee will strive to achieve a consensus in all matters that it considers.


    Councillor Niki Gladding

    Elected member who is appointed to the Glenorchy Community

    Christina Lister

    Glenorchy Community Association Representative

    Jamie Waaka

    Safety Standards and Compliance Officer at Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC)

    Peter Campbell

    Wyuna Preserve Residents Association

    Tom Butler

    Blanket Bay Lodge

    Jeanie Galavazi

    Senior Parks & Reserves Planner, Queenstown Lakes District Council

    James Stokes

    Commcercial Operator and Queenstown Milford User Group

    Nick Nicholson

    Commercial Operator

  • This document outlines those procedures and rules governing day-to-day operations at Glenorchy Aerodrome 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, and to comply with the Glenorchy Aerodrome Designation (#239) in the QLDC Proposed District Plan.

    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 Preserve or Blanket Bay may fly direct.

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


    3.10 Noise Sensitive Areas

    a)         The noise sensitive areas of Glenorchy Township, Blanket Bay and Wyuna Preserve are shown below.

  • 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 and CAA’s own website:

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

    The Glenorchy Aerodrome 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 Aerodrome circuit area and includes Glenorchy township, Blanket Bay Resort and Wyuna Preserve.

    You can make a complaint by emailing: 


Related Documents

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.