Places of first arrival - airports

A list of all airports currently approved as places of first arrival. Airports are listed geographically from north to south.


Airports approved for commercial cargo and pets

  • Auckland International Airport
  • Christchurch International Airport

Airports approved for commercial cargo only:

  • Wellington International Airport

Airports approved for military use

  • Whenuapai Air Force Base
  • Ohakea Air Force Base
  • Wellington International Airport
  • Christchurch International Airport
  • Dunedin International Airport

Airport not listed?

If an airport is not listed or you intend to arrive at a non-approved airport then you will need prior approval.

Cargo type not listed?

If the type of cargo you're bringing is not on the approved list for your airport, the airport must apply by emailing standards@mpi.govt.nz


Keri Keri Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial and private aircraft (no larger than a 14-seater)
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 14 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Keri Keri Airport

Whenuapai RNZAF Airbase (Auckland)

Approved aircraft  Military
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 160 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Royal New Zealand Air Force

Auckland International Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial, charter and private aircraft
Approved cargo  Air containers, general cargo, live animals (all types), passengers (includes crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Airport contact (website)  Auckland International Airport
MPI contact

Hamilton International Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial and private aircraft (no more than a 14-seater) subject to advising MPI 10 days in advance of arrival
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 14 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Hamilton Airport

Rotorua International Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial, charter and private aircraft subject to advising MPI 10 days in advance of arrival
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 14 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Rotorua Regional Airport Ltd

Hawke's Bay Airport (Napier)

Approved aircraft  Commercial and private aircraft (no larger than a 14-seater)
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 14 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Hawkes's Bay Airport

Ohakea RNZAF Airbase

Approved aircraft  Military
Approved cargo  Passengers – up to 160 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Royal New Zealand Air Force

Wellington International Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial, charter, military and private aircraft
Approved cargo  Air containers (baggage and freight), general cargo, live animals (cats and dogs only until 22nd October 2017), passengers (includes crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Airport contact (website)  Wellington Airport

Nelson Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial and private aircraft (up to a 14-seater)
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 14 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Nelson Airport

Christchurch International Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial, charter, military and private aircraft
Approved cargo  Air containers, general cargo, live animals (cats and dogs only), passengers (includes crew and baggage), vehicles and machinery
Airport contact (website)  Christchurch Airport
MPI contact MPI Christchurch (Cargo)

Queenstown International Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial, charter and private aircraft
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 190 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Queenstown Airport

Dunedin International Airport

Approved aircraft  Commercial, charter, military and private aircraft
Approved cargo  Passengers – no more than 190 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website)  Dunedin International Airport Ltd
 MPI contact  MPI Dunedin

Invercargill International Airport

Approved aircraft Commercial, charter and private aircraft (up to a 14-seater)
Approved cargo Passengers – no more than 14 passengers/crew and baggage per flight
Airport contact (website) Invercargill Airport
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