Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Rotorua Airport

This morning we headed South for 3 hours to a place called Rotorua where they have the Thermal Springs, mud baths and the Luge rides. On the way down we came across an airfield called Matamata Aerodrome; we drove in and had a look for a few minutes and then continued on with our trip.

CESSNA 152 ZK-JDB (CN A1520855)

CESSNA 152 ZK-EJV (CN A1520751)

We drove into Rotorua around 11am and headed straight for the Skyline Gondolas. It was 5 degrees Celsius but with snow on the mountains the wind chill factor made it below zero. That didn't stop us having fun, then after riding the Gondolas / Luge for about 3 hours it was time to have a look around Rotorua and of course hunt out the airport.   


Rotorua Regional Airport (IATA: ROT, ICAO: NZRO) is located in the suburb of Rotokawa, approximately 6 km north east of Rotorua CBD.
The airport is owned by the Rotorua Regional Airport Limited
The airport has two runways; the main runway 18R / 36L is 2,114 metres long (6,936 feet) and is sealed with asphalt. The second runway is a much shorter runway; 18L / 36R and it is 773 metres long (2,536 feet) and is a grass runway. This runway runs parallel to the main runway, and because of the proximity of the two runways it means that they can't be used simultaneously. The airport sits at 285 metres AMSL (936 feet)
Currently, the only airlines servicing this airport is Air New Zealand with flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, and the commuter airline Sunair with flights to Gisborne and Napier.
There were no movements at all while we were there and the way the airport is laid out it was extremely difficult to see the apron or G.A apron, so we didn't see any aircraft at all.

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