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New airport terminal

New terminal picture

We have commenced works on a major terminal redevelopment that will enhance the customer experience at Tauranga Airport, one of the main gateways to the city and the region.

The overhaul will take approximately 15 months, with the expanded terminal passenger area to open in December 2018, catering for future increases in passenger volumes. 

In the meantime, all services will be available throughout the development. Significant planning has gone into keeping the terminal operating as normal as possible during construction, with the least amount of inconvenience to the public, tenants and operators. 

The expansion of the terminal will provide Tauranga with an internationally competitive regional airport and is intended to meet capacity demands up to and beyond 2027. With a total budget for the project of $12.7 million, the interest and debt servicing will come from the Airports current cash reserves and its commercial revenues going forward. No rate funding is required for the project.

Passenger volumes have been rapidly increasing as a direct result of Air New Zealand providing more capacity and flight frequency through Tauranga. The existing terminal was originally constructed in 1967 and with some expansions and modifications has served Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty well for the past 50 years.

Take a walk through our new terminal


The floor area of the terminal will more than double from 1700m2 to 3800m2, allowing more space for our passengers. This will include separate check-in and arrival areas and increased space for back of house operations, allowing for future upgrades and a new, larger Air New Zealand Regional Lounge.

The new check-in area will have state of the art check-in kiosks, a baggage drop belt and a new externally accessible courier and cargo office. The improvements will also result in a shorter walk from the terminal for boarding. The airport café will be increased and improved.

The new terminal design was created and the development is managed by Jasmax Tauranga
Naylor Love Construction Ltd has been contracted for construction. 

Have a look around the new terminal

New terminal - view from runwayNew terminal entrance

New terminal departure loungeNew terminal check-in


With significant increase in air travel regionally and worldwide, the planned development was approved when Council reviewed the Airport Master Plan in late 2015. The review showed the current terminal was operating at capacity and needed to expand to keep pace with the growth of Tauranga.

The existing terminal was originally constructed in 1967 and with some expansions and modifications has served Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty well for the past 50 years. 

The expansion will accommodate the continuing increase in Air New Zealand passenger volumes and provide for other regional network operators to fly in and out of Tauranga.

Local Iwi have been engaged and have taken on the role of developing better welcoming and farewell messaging along with creating artwork that will tell a story about some of the local iwi's history and culture. There will also be coverage of the history of Tauranga Airport dating back to its opening in January 1939.

Last Reviewed: 05/12/2018

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