Operating a Drone in Taupō

Anyone wanting to operate a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) commonly known as a drone, in the Taupō area, must request approval from the Aerodrome Operator(s) as detailed in the aerial map below. You must also complete the RPAS application form below. Completing an Air Share flight plan does not provide an approval in the Taupō area, as Taupō airspace up to 6500ft is uncontrolled.

It is the responsibility of the Operator of RPAS to ensure they fully comply with CAA Rule Part 101 or Part 102.

The Conditions.

Some Conditions of CAA Rule 101 RPAS Operations

• Must not fly closer than 4km from any aerodrome (unless certain conditions are met such as permission from the aerodrome operator);
• Must hold a pilot’s licence or a wings badge issued by Model Flying New Zealand if operating within 4km of an aerodrome;
• Must not fly at night;
• Must not fly higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level;
• Must remain in sight of the RPAS at all times;
• Must have consent from property owners over which RPAS operating;
• If operating over a public event, CAA approval is required
• It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure they meet all the requirements of the CAA Rules.

Drone Complaints.

The Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for investigating complaints about the dangerous use of drones. Report dangerous drone activity with the Civil Aviation Authority.

If a drone flies above your property without permission and you feel your privacy has been breached, you can make a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner.

If a drone presents an immediate danger to public safety, contact the Police. Dial 111 for emergency, dial 105 for non-emergency events.

Report an incident here.