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Napier, Rotorua, New Plymouth

This week we perform a circuit of three great regional airports in the Central North Island: Napier, Rotorua, and New Plymouth. These are three airports with quite distinct surroundings, and yet all of them feature displaced centrelines on their approaches.

Napier (NZNR) is the major population centre in the Hawke's Bay. Its Pacific Ocean coastline quickly gives way to rugged hill country just minutes inland. The airport itself is notable for its displaced centreline for the runway 16 approach.

Rotorua (NZRO) is one of New Zealand's major tourist destinations, and the airport has recently expanded to host regular international flights to and from Sydney. Situated beside the iconic Lake Rotorua, this airport also features a displaced centreline on its runway 36 approach. High ground south of the lake and east of the field make this a fun place to fly and control.

New Plymouth (NZNP) is the largest centre in Taranaki on the North Island's west coast. The runway 23 approach is displaced to the north, overflying the Tasman Sea. With the majestic Mt Taranaki to the south, this is another stunning corner of New Zealand.

Each sector should take 30-45mins to complete, so start at one and fly a complete circuit.

Flight Routes


  • Napier to New Plymouth
    NR H430 RUAHI NP (Non-RNAV)
  • New Plymouth to Rotorua
    NP H480 RO
  • Rotorua to Napier
    RO H372 NR


  • Napier to Rotorua
    NR H372 RO
  • Rotorua to New Plymouth
    RO H480 NP
  • New Plymouth to Napier
    NP H205 RUGVI NR (Non-RNAV)



 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-B_CTRBay Approach119.500
 NZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
 NZOH_CTROhakea Control125.100
TWRNZNP_TWRNew Plymouth Tower124.700
 NZNR_TWRNapier Tower124.800
 NZRO_TWRRotorua Tower121.200