Taupō Airport upgrade takes off thanks to $5.87m boost

Published: Mar 10, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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A vital upgrade to Taupō Airport is about to take off thanks to a $5.87 million Government funding boost.

The funding – which comes from the Provincial Growth Fund ($5 million) and the New Zealand Upgrade Programme ($870,000) – will enable a new terminal, car park extension, and extended runway apron to be built. 

Taupō District mayor David Trewavas says the funding boost serves as a vote of confidence in the region’s potential, and will provide locals with tourism and business opportunities. 

"This investment is a huge step forward for us and one which is essential to this district’s growth and prosperity," said Mr Trewavas.

"We might be small, but we have big aspirations, and our airport – as a key gateway to the Central North Island and the Central Plateau – is a vital part of that."

The upgrade is expected to create 60 jobs during construction, and will contribute to the region’s already growing number of visitors. By 2022, the number of people visiting Taupō is expected to exceed 70,000 due to the upgrade.

"We’ll be able to accommodate bigger planes and larger numbers of passengers coming in and out of the Taupō District; the opportunities that affords is really exciting.

"For local businesses, it will open more doors for growth and expansion and, just as importantly, it will allow us to welcome the growing number of tourists every year.

"There really is no better time to ensure we have the necessary capacity to facilitate this growth.

In total, the airport upgrade is expected to cost $9.7m and will be funded in partnership with the Taupō District Council and central government.

The project is expected to begin in March 2020 and be complete by October 2021.

A crowd gathered to celebrate funding for the Taupō Airport upgrade.

A crowd gathers to celebrate central government funding for the Taupō Airport upgrade.