Pauanui Airfield (NZUN)

The Airfield is open for recreational flying whilst we are at COVID-19 Delta Level 2 restrictions.

Honesty boxes are closed in COVID-19 Delta Level 2

Please use either the QR code payment system or 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

Few places are as unique as Pauanui 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 Pauanui 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 Pauanui village with cafes, and retail stores. Please be aware, there is no aircraft fuel available in Pauanui. 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. 

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

About Pauanui

Around the turn of the century there were only a few people living and farming in Pauanui and at that time the only access to the area was by boat. The area saw little development until the late 1960’s when State Highway 25A brought Pauanui and the wider Coromandel to within reasonable driving distance of the Waikato and Auckland regions.

The first stage of Pauanui was built with a focus on families. Many of the design components of the original development were the first of their kind in New Zealand and features included roads paved in red seal that allowed pedestrians to be more visible. The airstrip was created to assist with access and section planning.

Owner and Operator

Thames-Coromandel District Council is the owner and operator of the Pauanui airfield. For further information call us on (07) 868 0200 or email 

Pauanui Beach aerodrome is available for general use.

Airfield landing fees

Download our fees and charges in download box to the side of this page.

Payment options for landing fees:

  1. Honesty box on site (not available during Delta 2)
  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 will be closed when mowing is being undertaken*

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

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 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 can be 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. 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)

Pauanui 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 Pauanui. 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 Pauanui 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