New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14 May.  Wanaka Airport is open, and all aviation activity is permitted under Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions.  All this activity must, however, comply with, and be conducted within, COVID-19 physical distancing rules and other Ministry of Health public health guidelines. 

If you have a booking with a business or airline located at Wanaka Airport, please contact them directly or refer to their website for flight information and their operational processes under Alert Level 2. 

All visitors to the airport not directly related to an onsite business must report to the Wanaka Airport Operations Centre on arrival to complete contact tracing formalities. 

For information from the New Zealand Government about Alert Levels please visit www.covid19.govt.nz.

Important information for all visitors and travellers at Alert Level 2:

  • Our main message to you is to stay safe.  Please remember to maintain physical distancing – keeping at least 2m distance outside and 1m distance inside.
  • Maintain good hygiene and please use the hand sanitiser stations around the airport. 
  • If you or someone you are travelling with is not feeling well, please do not travel and please do not visit the Airport.

Additional information for airport users:

  • When using common user facilities such as fuel pumps, airside barrier arm key pads, and access gates, we ask that you use hand sanitiser prior to and after use, or wear disposable gloves.  Keep sanitiser/gloves within your vehicles and aircraft.

Working Together:

Wanaka Airport’s priority is the health, well-being, safety and security of our people, customers and community.  We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, working closely with other airports, our airlines, Southern District Health Board, and the wider airport community to ensure consistent protocols are in place and safe domestic travel and aviation activity within New Zealand.

How to protect yourself and others

Basic hygiene measures are the most important way to stop the spread of infections, including the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please remember to:

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice) especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Regularly clean all “high-touch” surfaces

  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly – these include counters, tabletops, door handles, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, and tablets.

Take steps to protect others

  • Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before visiting your doctor and stay away from others.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes - cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, then throw used tissues in the rubbish and immediately wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.


Helpful resources:

New Zealand Government travel advice

New Zealand Government COVID-19 website

Foreign embassies and consulates in New Zealand

Ministry of Health COVID-19 advice

Public Health South health advice

Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number: 0800 358 5453

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