Richard Pearse Airport

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Richard Pearse Airport
(Timaru Airport)
Richard Pearse Airport - Timaru.jpg
Richard Pearse Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Timaru District Council
Location Timaru, New Zealand
Elevation AMSL 89 ft / 27 m
Coordinates 44°18′10″S 171°13′31″E / 44.30278°S 171.22528°E / -44.30278; 171.22528
TIU is located in South Island
Location of airport in South Island
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02R/20L 1,280 4,200 Asphalt
02L/20R 1,188 3,898 Grass
11/29 1,113 3,652 Grass
Sources: AIP [1] and DAFIF [2][3]

Richard Pearse Airport (IATA: TIUICAO: NZTU), also known as Timaru Airport, is located off the Pleasant Point HWY, 4 km north of the suburb Washdyke in Timaru, New Zealand.


The airport takes its name from the local pioneer aviator, Richard Pearse, who allegedly flew before the Wright Brothers. Timaru is a small airport with one gate, with one asphalt runway, and two grass runways, it offers regular Air New Zealand Link flights to Wellington using Bombardier Q300 aircraft, formerly flights were operated to Oamaru and Christchurch. Timaru, along with Invercargill to its south, are the only two major centres without a direct air service to Auckland. Eagle Airways used to operate from Timaru to Wellington.

The terminal at Timaru airport, 2014
The Sign outside Timaru Airport, 2014

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Link operated by Air Nelson Wellington

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Charts for NZTU at AIP New Zealand.
  2. ^ Airport information for NZTU at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for TIU / NZTU at Great Circle Mapper. Source: AIP, CAA, DAFIF.

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