Queenstown Airport to start next phase of car parking expansion and traffic flow improvements

Stage 4 works web

Map showing the 5 phases of the Stage 4 works.

Following the peak summer holiday travel period, Queenstown Airport will commence the next stage of its car parking expansion and traffic flow improvements in mid-February, with works expected to be completed by 30 June in time for the peak winter season.

The significant programme is part of Queenstown Airport’s parking management and road transport strategy to manage periods of planned growth by improving traffic flow and increasing car parking options for visitors, staff working at the airport and the broader community.

This next stage (Stage 4) is a major piece of work focused on improving vehicle flow, particularly around the entrance to the airport. The $2.7 million project includes:

  • The reintroduction of 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 free parking for 20 minutes
  • 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
  • Upgraded drainage across the airport, particularly in flood-prone areas.

The works will be delivered in five phases to ensure minimal disruption to customers, staff and general traffic flow.

Contractors and staff will be actively monitoring and managing the expansion plans to ensure they are as seamless as possible for everyone. Clear, temporary signage will be in place to help guide drivers. The airport operations support team will be outside assisting visitors and managing traffic.

Queenstown Airport chief executive Colin Keel said Stage 4 was a critical part of the airport’s strategy to meet the increased demand for airport car parking and be responsive to community needs.

“We’ve been working with key stakeholders and traffic management advisors on ways to redesign our space to make it more intuitive, improve traffic flow and ensure the safety of our visitors, airport community and the local communities that we serve.

“The works completed to date have been essential in getting us to this next stage which, when completed, will alleviate a lot of the issues people have experienced and enable us to re-instate the public drop-off zone directly outside the terminal. We recognise that it’s been a long time coming, but it has been dependent on the other works being completed,” added Colin.

Queenstown Airport is also working closely with the Queenstown Lakes District Council, New Zealand Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council as a member of the region’s transport governance group to address wider transport, parking and road infrastructure issues.

Stage 4 Works - What’s Happening and When?

Please note the dates below are indicative and that further detail will be provided closer to each phase being commenced and completed.

What’s happening
When
How you can help
What’s the benefit?
Phase 1  - Grassed Area, Staff Car Park and Loading Zone
Staff carpark expansion.
Installation of soak pits under grassed area and setup for coach parks.  Existing loading zone reconfigured with entrance location changing.
Mid February – mid March
Please use designated footpaths and follow directional signage. Staff to park in designated parks and use the overflow car park in front of the DHB as required.
More than 50 car parks added in staff car park to provide for growth.
Improved drainage in flood-prone area of ring road by grassed area.
Improved functionality of the loading zone and manoeuvrability for delivery vehicles.
Phase 2 – Rental Car Park
Footpath and drainage added to long term carpark and surrounding areas.
March – April
Please follow directional signage.
Further information to be provided closer to execution.
Footpath added for greater safety and improved drainage.
Phase 3 – Entrance to Airport by Long Term Car Park
Construct 1st half of new roundabout, start coach area at grassed area, continue drainage at long term car park.
April
Please follow directional signage.
Further information to be provided closer to execution.
Traffic flow reconfigured at airport entrance to support new roundabout and improve traffic flow around the airport forecourt/parking areas
Phase 4 – Entrance to Airport by Long Term Car Park
Construct 2nd half of the roundabout and continue drainage around rental carpark and into the forecourt area.
April – May
Please follow directional signage.
Further information to be provided closer to execution.
Traffic flow reconfigured at airport entrance to support new roundabout and improve traffic flow around the airport forecourt/parking areas
Phase 5 – Grassed Area, Airport Entrance and Public Drop off Zone
Remainder of coach area completed by grassed area and final roundabout and asphalt works.
2-minute public drop-off zone in forecourt area reinstated.
May – June
Please follow directional signage.
Further information to be provided closer to execution.
Reintroduce 2-minute public drop-off zone in its original location for greater visitor convenience.
New roundabout at airport entrance provides easy access to long term carpark and easy exit for coaches and rental cars without using the airport ring road.

For more information about Queenstown Airport’s parking and transport upgrades please visit www.queenstownairport.co.nz/transportupgrades.