Queenstown Airport’s Plan Change 35 expands the noise boundaries to allow the Airport to meet the anticipated growth of passenger numbers and aircraft movements out to 2037. The changes set out how the Airport will help fund measures to reduce internal noise for those existing homes that are most affected, before the predicted noise levels are reached.

View the Noise Contours map which shows the estimated boundaries in 2037.

The Airport has three noise sectors:

Inner Noise Sector
Also known as the Air Noise Boundary (ANB). Within this sector, aircraft noise reaches levels of 65 decibels or greater on average measured over a 24 hour period.

Mid Noise Sector
Within this sector, aircraft noise reaches levels greater than 60, but less than 65 decibels on average measured over a 24 hour period.

Outer Noise Sector
Also known as the Outer Control Boundary (OCB). Houses are deemed to lie within the Outer Sector if they are subject to aircraft noise levels of at least 55 decibels on average measured over a 24 hour period.