Queenstown Terminal Procedures

Section 1: Terminal Control

1.1 Area of Responsibility:

NZQN_APP (Queenstown Terminal) is responsible for all controlled airspace within their designated area of responsibility ie QN CTA/D(83,84,85,86) + CTR/D(82), excluding Queenstown Tower ie CTR/D(82) when that unit is online.

Airspace boundary shown below in yellow. Controls up to FL175.


Coordination boundaries shown below in yellow.

The coordination point between any traffic flying between Invercargill Tower and Queenstown Approach airspace is 50 DME NV VOR.


1.2 Frequency and Sector Information:


Primary Frequency125.750 MHz
RTF DesignatorQueenstown Approach
Sector NameQueenstown Terminal
Sector AbbreviationQAT
Telephone DesignatorQueenstown Terminal


1.3 IFR - Star Arrivals

Aircraft on all arrivals shall be descended to 10,000 feet.


  • Cleared ELRUV#A arrival runway 05, descend via the star profile to one zero thousand, Queenstown QNH nnnn
  • Cleared UBDAN#B arrival DOVOT transition runway 23, descend via the star profile to one zero thousand,   Queenstown QNH nnnn
  • Descend via the star profile to one zero thousand, Queenstown QNH nnnn


If no approach has been placed in the text field of the aircraft tag by the en-route controller, then now is a good time to ask the pilot which approach they would prefer. The RNP approaches may not be in the pilots FMC.

Not giving the pilot the approach they want or time to check the charts just causes chaos at the last moment.

Ideally this should have been sorted by the en-route controller.

Note - All STARS can all be displayed in Euroscope to check the plane is on course.

1.3.1 Star Arrivals Runway 05

  • UBDAN3A (Transitions ADKOS, LIBLA DOVOT)

1.3.2 Star Arrivals Runway 23

  • UBDAN4B (Transitions ADKOS, LIBLA DOVOT)

1.4 IFR Approaches

If the pilot has no approach preference, assign them the RNAV GOLF or FOXTROT due to the RNAV YANKEE not being available in most pilots FMC's.

Runway 05 approaches begin at IBABU.

Runway 23 approaches begin at UGPED or ATKIL (ie from two different directions!)

Make sure you clear the aircraft for the approach before it reaches the above fixes.


  • Cleared RNAV FOXTROT approach [circling for] runway 05
  • Cleared RNAV YANKEE approach runway 23
  • Cleared VOR/DME BRAVO approach [circling for] runway 23


Only one aircraft can be on the approach at a time, unless the first aircraft has commenced the visual circuit or has requested a visual approach. If separation of IFR arrivals is required you should either hold aircraft in the published holding patterns or request aircraft to cross STAR waypoints at pre-defined times.

When issuing aircraft holding instructions, controllers should make every effort to issue an expected approach time or expected number of laps of the hold - based on hold timing of 4-5 minutes per hold.

Note 1 - [circling for] is not compulsory, covered in detail in Queenstown Tower Procedures.

Note 2 - The RNAV YANKEE, GOLF & FOXTROT can all be displayed in Euroscope to check the plane is on course.

Note 3 - All approaches are explained in detail at AIPNZ.

1.4.1 Approaches Runway 05


1.4.2 Approaches Runway 23


1.5 IFR - Departures

You should be aware some SID's have holds downs. eg ANPOV1D/23 (Cross DULUL at 10,000)

Once an aircraft reaches 10,000 ft, traffic permitting, the SID may be cancelled and a track direct to waypoints within the Queenstown Terminal may be issued. Direct to waypoints outside of the Queenstown Terminal require co-ordination with NZCH-S_CTR.

1.6 Holds

Only one aircraft at a time, can be on the approach into Queenstown.

Therefore you may be required to place other aircraft in a holding pattern until the approach is clear for the next aircraft.

There are three holding points around Queenstown.

  • EKVOX (Left turns, min alt 8600)
  • SUNGU (Left turns, min alt 8600)
  • UBDAM (Left turns, min alt 11,400)

1.7 Standard Descents

Descents for arriving aircraft into the Queenstown TMA shall be to 11000ft unless holding is taking place within the TMA.

When holding is taking place, descents must be no lower than FL150 unless otherwise co-ordinated with NZQN_APP.

1.8 - Transfer of Communications

Arriving Aircraft - Once nearing 7,500 feet or nearing the Queenstown Tower control boundary.

Departing Aircraft - Once nearing FL175 or nearing Queenstown TMA control boundary.