We are currently working on a range of upgrades that are designed to improve parking and traffic flow at Queenstown Airport. Further details of each of these projects can be found below.

Rolling carpark closures over the next few weeks will pave the way for real-time car parking availability information (Nov 2017)

The next stage of Queenstown Airport’s parking improvements will be launched this summer, with newly installed sensor technology providing customers real-time information about the availability of car parking spaces at the terminal (see attached images).

The sensors will be installed in each car space by mid-December before our peak summer season.  Once the system has been fully tested, it will stream the number of available car spaces to digital signs at the entrance of the airport and to Queenstown Airport’s website. 

Installing the sensors

Over the next few weeks we will be closing off sections of Terminal Carpark A & B to install the sensors and carry out some maintenance (sweeping and line marking).  Our Operations team will be on hand to assist with traffic flow and we will use the cleared site (where Ezi Car Rental used to be) as an overflow area.

Key dates for works:

Wednesday 15 November 

Close Car Park B

Tuesday 28 November

Re-open Car Park B after works completed



For more information and updates:

Thank you in advance for your assistance – we really appreciate it and hope you enjoy the results!


Stage 4 car parking expansion and traffic flow improvements (completed June 2017)

Stage 4 works commenced in February 2017 and works were completed by June in time for the busy winter season. The works included:

  • Reintroducing the 2-minute public drop-off zone in its original location (where the coaches currently park).  The public pick-up zone remains the same – entering the short-term public carpark which offers 20 minutes’ free parking
  • A new roundabout inside the airport entrance which will:
    • reduce traffic congestion and improve safety through the airport ring road
    • provide easy access to the long term car park
    • provide easy exit for coaches and rental cars without having to use the airport ring road
  • A dual lane to link the new roundabout
  • More than 50 additional car parks in the staff car park by St John Ambulance building
  • A new and expanded coach park at the front grassed area 
  • Upgraded drainage across the airport, particularly in flood-prone areas.

Stage 4 Works

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Park and Ride (completed June 2017)

QAC established an airport park and ride offering, expanding the airport’s car parking options and creating an additional 300 parking spaces. Beginning in late May/June 2017, the 12-month trial will operate between Brookes Road, Frankton and the airport.

QAC worked with Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) to coordinate the launch of the park and ride trial with the opening of Stage 1 of the Hawthorne Drive link between Frankton Flats and Remarkables Park, completed at the end May.  The additional car parking offering was coordinated with the New Zealand Transport Agency phasing out the car parking along State Highway 6 and QLDC implementing new restrictions for resident parking around the surrounding roads in Frankton.

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Stage 3 car park expansion and commercial drop off zone upgrades (completed November 2016)

In late 2016, QAC completed expansion works on the long term and short term car parks, and the commercial drop off zone.

This included:

  • Adding 50 new car parking spaces to meet customer needs (an increase of over 10%)
  • Expanding the commercial drop off zone to improve vehicle flow and enable commercial pick-ups and drop-offs from this zone.

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Stages 1 and 2 airport roading upgrades (completed June 2016)

A series of upgrades to the airport’s internal road network and public carpark was completed in June, 2016 to provide better traffic flow and safer access for pedestrians.

This included:

  • New kerbing
  • Improved footpaths and access routes for pedestrians
  • Additional accessible car spaces
  • 24 new car spaces
  • An upgrade to the pedestrian crossing to provide better safety
  • New signage.

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