Pāuanui Airfield

Few places are as unique as Pāuanui for the sheer privilege of flying into a beautiful beach community and parking your plane at your house off the runway.

That is the beauty of Pāuanui airfield (NZUN), a small aerodrome 30 minutes’ flying time from Auckland on the east coast of the Coromandel. The Airfield has a grass strip 850 x 60m and a taxi area on the southern side. Signposted aircraft parking areas are at either end of the airfield and a passenger pick-up and drop-off area is on the western end at the airfield office. 

Situated next to the airfield is a golf course, and nearby is the Pāuanui village with cafes and retail stores. Please be aware, there is no aircraft fuel available in Pāuanui. Upon flying into the airfield you’ll see the surf breaking at the eastern end of the runway with the harbour at the western end. 

Pāuanui is surrounded by high terrain from north through west to the south. Mount Pāuanui dominates, rising to over 1200 feet within 1nm to the south of the airfield.

Owner and Operator

Thames-Coromandel District Council is the owner and operator of the Pāuanui airfield. For further information call us on (07) 868 0200 or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz 

Pāuanui Beach aerodrome is available for general use.

Airfield landing fees

Payment options for landing fees:

  1. Honesty box on site
  2. By internet banking - Bank account 01-0455-0090620-00. Particulars - enter six zeroes followed by the planes three letter registration mark. Code - your surname. Reference - Pauanui
  3. Scan the QR code and follow the prompts to make payment


General Operations

*The airfield is closed when mowing is being undertaken*

From time to time NOTAMS are issued for Pāuanui Beach mainly for parachute dropping and gliding during holiday periods.  AVGAS or JET A-1 is not available in Pāuanui.

Download the aerodrome chart from the Download box on the side of this page.

  1. Grass on sand base erodes in dry weather. Where possible, pilots should keep to grassy areas. Full strip width available.
  2. Park nose in and as close to the south boundary as possible to avoid side clearance infringement.
  3. Noise abatement — due to the proximity of residents, aircraft movements should be avoided before 0730 LMT.
  4. AWIB 130.6 MHz, activated by 4 transmissions.
  5. CAUTION: Moderate to severe turbulence and windshear is expected in S, SE and NW winds.
  6. Model aircraft flying may take place at any time, often in the evenings.
  7. While pedestrian traffic is prohibited on the airfield, people often ignore the warnings.
  8. Pedestrians and dogs may cross or stray onto the airfield at any time, especially during the evening.
  9. Vehicles may be on the airfield carrying out routine inspections early morning during holiday periods and grass mowing at other times.
  10. The north edge of the runway has a line of eight concrete valve pits 1.5m in diameter protruding 200mm above the surface. The runway edge is 6m from the fenceline to avoid the valve pits.


Radio frequency: 124.5

S 37 01 18 E 175 51 49

Aerodrome and Weather Information Broadcast (AWIB)

Pāuanui airfield (NZUN) has an AWIB that transmits on 130.6 MHz.  To initiate the AWIB, depress the transmit button four (4) times in quick succession. The information currently transmitted includes surface wind (speed and direction), temperature and dew point.

Flight Planning

There are limited resources for flight planning at Pāuanui. The flight office is available for pilots to use, but a cell phone will be required to lodge or terminate flight plans.

Emergency Procedures

Rescue Fire
Call 111 in the event of any emergency.

Incident and Accident Procedure
In the event of an accident or incident at Pāuanui Beach Aerodrome all media requests for information or comment should be referred to the Thames-Coromandel District Council or to the CAA.

Report an accident - 0508 ACCIDENT (0508 222 433)

Report other safety concerns - 0508 4SAFETY (0508 472 338)

If required, you may contact the Civil Aviation Authority by email or write, fax or call:
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
Aviation House
1 Market Grove
PO Box 31 441
Lower Hutt
New Zealand

Phone : 04 560 9400
Fax : 04 569 2024