Ardmore is New Zealand’s safest general aviation airport.

We’re proud to ‘Fly friendly’

Ardmore Airport operates under the ‘Fly Friendly’ programme. The programme was formed with assistance from Ardmore flying organisations, the Civil Aviation Authority, Papakura District Council, and representatives of the local community. It highlights our commitment to being a good neighbour – both in the sky and on land.

‘Fly Friendly’ Aim

The programme aims to promote a harmonious relationship between Ardmore’s aviation activities and our neighbours’ environmental interests.

‘Fly Friendly’ Purpose

Its purpose is to limit the impact of flying activities on those living in the vicinity of Ardmore Airport and the Ardmore General Aviation Area.


Ardmore Airport is based in a valley with rising terrain either side of the extended centreline, and the Hunua Ranges lying to the east of the aerodrome.


To operate a drone within 4km of Ardmore Airport Boundary, you must first apply for permission at least 48hrs in advance. For more detail on our drones policy, or to apply for permission, visit ‘Drones + UAVs’.

No-fly zones

Sample chart only – Not for navigational use

Military Operational Area (MOA) M201 is located within the Ardmore MBZ, just to the south of the downwind leg, within 1.5nm of the runway centreline. It is permanently active, surface up to 2300ft AMSL. Refer to Auckland Visual Navigation Chart D1.

Wildlife hazards

Birds can occasionally be seen on the runway at Ardmore. You can find more information on bird hazards in section 10, page 65 of the Ardmore Airport Operations Manual.

Air traffic awareness

Ardmore is one of New Zealand’s busiest airports, with a high number of aircraft taking off and landing each day. Common air traffic to look out for includes:

  • Small, fixed wing traffic due to the area’s training schools
  • Helicopters (both training and corporate)
  • An increasing number of small jet aircrafts.