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is a small airport 8 km to the south of Taupo
Taupo is a town on the shore of Lake Taupo in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat of the Taupo District Council and lies in the southern Waikato Region....
township on the eastern shores of Lake Taupo
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, New Zealand
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Scheduled flights are operated by Eagle Airways
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, a division of Air New Zealand
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, using Raytheon
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D aircraft. Due to its close proximity to world renowned trout fishing, golf, hunting, skiing and luxury resorts Taupo Airport is becoming an increasingly popular destination for private jets.
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 three commercial tandem skydiving
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operators making Taupo Airport the busiest drop zone
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in New Zealand.
Airlines and destinations
- Airfield elevation is 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
- 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
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in New Zealand.