Message for local residents – trans-Tasman flights coming soon!

16 Apr 2021

Over the last few weeks, you will have heard that the NZ Government has approved the re-opening of our border with Australia for quarantine-free two-way travel.

This is great and very welcome news for the thousands of people who have been separated from their loved ones for more than a year, and also for people on both sides of the Tasman ready for a holiday.

At the airport we are ready to welcome our trans-Tasman flights back on the morning of 19 April 2021. This is a very exciting time for us after such a long covid break and we look forward to welcoming travellers in both directions.

As it has been a year since we have had international flights operating, we expect that you will notice the difference. We just wanted to give you a heads-up that things will be getting back to normal from next week.

While the airport receives very few noise complaints generally, we do find that local residents become more aware of aircraft noise when something changes or is out of the usual. We expect that as aircraft patterns settle back to a normal pattern, it will soon feel normal again for you too.

The airlines are currently developing their schedules; however, flights are expected to operate at similar times to the pre-covid schedules, with early morning departures to Australia starting from 6am, with the last arrivals landing before the 1am curfew.

Keep an eye out around the Airport for our special activities and messages to welcome our Aussie guests and returning friends and whānau next week. If you have any queries relating to airport noise, please do not hesitate to contact us via:


Phone: 04 385 5100