Airport’s carpark chaos


Parking changes at Queenstown Airport are a nonsense, some say.

Drivers can no longer drop off passengers on a temporary layby.

Instead, they’re forced to use the public carpark - which has 20 minutes’ free parking.

That caused chaos last weekend, with desperate drivers parking on verges and yellow lines.

Auckland businessman Alan Wood, a regular visitor to Queenstown, flew into the resort for the NZ golf Open.

He tells Mountain Scene those in charge need to get it together.

“It was utter frustration as probably 20 to 30 cars circulated looking in vain - alas there was nowhere to park.”

Queenstown Airport boss Scott Paterson says it needs more space.

“The 20-minute drop zone was probably used for permanent parking and that unfortunately is the way it is at the moment.

“We are constrained with space, it’s frustrating for all of us and we hate it.”

Paterson says the drop-off was removed for safety reasons because drivers ignored stop signs, did u-turns in the middle of the road or ignored the pedestrian crossing.

Twenty-seven parking-related complaints - including Wood’s - have been made since the airport made changes in December.

The airport has 370 parking spaces - 315 short-term and 55 long-term.