Who owns Queenstown Airport?

    It is owned by:

    • Queenstown Lakes District Council 75.01% 
    • Auckland Airport 24.99%

    Where can I find a copy of the Noise Management Plan?

    For more information and the official documents please visit www.queenstownairport.co.nz/noise.


    Why is Queenstown Airport applying to change the noise boundaries?

    We are proposing to make some changes to noise boundaries to help us ensure we can deliver sustainable, long-term capacity at the airport and manage noise effects of airport operations and land-use planning around the airport.


    How can I tell if my property is in the proposed noise boundaries?

    Check out our interactive map at [  ].  Just click on your property and you will see where it sits in relation to the proposed noise boundaries.

    How is aircraft noise measured?

    Noise effects of aircraft operations are controlled by ‘noise boundaries’ which are mapped out using noise modelling software to measure predicted noise levels of airport noise in line with New Zealand standard (NZS 6805:1992). The noise boundary levels are taken from the average air noise level for a 24-hour period to identify the boundaries subject to 55, 60 and 65 decibels. These boundaries will shift over time if and when there is an increase in aircraft movements. At least every three years the accuracy of these predictions will be tested with actual on-site noise measurements to the North, South, East and West of the airport and covering one winter month and one summer month.

    How do we know whether we are eligible for a noise mitigation package?

    If you’re within in the airport’s noise boundaries, we will be in touch with you at least a year in advance of when the computer modelling predicts that your household will be included in one of the two sectors where home-owners will receive funding assistance to reduce the impact of aircraft noise. These include the Inner Noise Sector (aircraft noise in the 65 and over decibels range) and the Mid Noise Sector (aircraft noise in the 60-65 decibels range). We invite you to contact us through our website www.queenstownairport.co.nz/noise with any queries or concerns you may have.

Noise Definitions

    ASAN

    Activities Sensitive to Aircraft Noise, which include houses, schools and other sensitive activities


    Ldn

    A noise parameter known as the Day/Night Level, measured in decibels. Ldn is a measure of noise exposure and is affected by both the number of aircraft movements and the loudness of each event.

    Outer Control Boundary (OCB)

    An airport noise boundary based on the future 55 dB Ldn noise contour, adjusted to follow residential property boundaries.

    60dB Ldn Noise Boundary

    An airport noise boundary based on the future 60 dB Ldn noise contour, adjusted to follow residential property boundaries.

    Air Noise Boundary (ANB)

    An airport noise boundary based on the future 65 dB Ldn noise contour, adjusted to follow residential property boundaries and the airport property boundary.

    70dB Ldn Noise Boundary

    An airport noise boundary based on the future 70 dB Ldn noise contour, adjusted to follow residential property boundaries.

    AANC

    Annual Aircraft Noise Contours; prepared every year by the airport so that it can ensure it doesn’t produce more noise than is allowed by the District Plan

    Compliance AANC

    Compliance Annual Aircraft Noise Contours; the AANC, adjusted where necessary by noise measurements taken near the airport.

    Projected AANC

    Projected Annual Aircraft Noise Contours; the Compliance AANC, with some future estimate of growth for the following year included, so that the airport can determine the people eligible for funded acoustic treatment packages in the coming year.