Rotorua Airport is nestled along the eastern edge of Lake Rotorua with the majestic Mokoia Island in the background. Rotorua is proudly the birth place of Jean Batten and there is an exhibit about her achievements on display. The airport, which boasts the nation’s third longest runway, is only 8km from the town centre. This vibrant cutting-edge facility for Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty is guaranteed to attract immense community pride given its effortless ease of access.
The architectural redevelopment has recently been completed with the detailed design incorporating highlights of local landmarks using resources locally found and delivered in an environmentally sustainable way, featuring New Zealand timber and glass which enhance the views and natural light. The open spaces, glass walkways and comfortable lounges are designed to make visiting the airport a lot more than your average airport experience. It is a welcoming user-friendly oasis, embracing the landscape and the spectacular natural surrounds, including a ringside seat on knock-out sunsets, slinking behind Mokoia Island.
There is an exceptional cafe: Terrace Airside which offers modern, local food and beverage in an ambient environment with open glass windows to the north and runway. Ideal for a coffee or a wine before you fly, kids love plane spotting too. The cafe highlights the manaakitanga which Rotorua is proud of.
The airport also has a free entry modern business hub for travellers looking for a quiet space to catch up on emails and work. Brand-spanking new, and set to be officially opened, it’s a wonderfully peaceful and contemporary space for business people on the move, just adjacent to the arrivals hall and rental car kiosks.
Whether you are visiting Rotorua to go mountain biking, adventure tourism or visit whanau the Rotorua Airport will make your first entry point into Rotorua a memorable one. It’s easy to see why locals and tourists alike believe Rotorua is endowed with NZ’s best regional airport. The future has landed.