Taupo Airport

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Taupo Airport
Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Taupō
Airport typePublic
OperatorTaupo Airport Authority
Elevation AMSL1,335 ft / 407 m
Coordinates38°44′23″S 176°05′04″E / 38.73972°S 176.08444°E / -38.73972; 176.08444
TUO is located in North Island
Location of airport in North Island
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, using Bombardier DHC-8-Q300 from Auckland, and Sounds Air, operating from Wellington using Pilatus PC-12. The airport is a popular destination for private jets, due to its close proximity to trout fishing, golf, hunting, skiing and luxury resorts.[citation needed]

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[edit]

Air New Zealand Auckland
Sounds Air Wellington [1]

Operational information[edit]

  • Airfield elevation 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
  • Traffic 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.


  • Inflite
  • Helicopter Services (BOP) Ltd
  • Heli Maintenance (BOP) Ltd
  • Lakeview Helicopters
  • Philips Search and Rescue Trust
  • Rotor and Wing Maintenance
  • Taupo Tandem Skydiving
  • Skydive Taupo
  • Super Air

See also[edit]


  1. ^ L, Steve (6 May 2015). "3rd Level New Zealand: Wellington-Taupo service starts on 2 June".


NZAIP Volume 4 AD

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