Ohakea Air Movements Terminal

Modernising the face of RNZAF air transport operations

Designed to meet operational air transport requirements for aircraft movements, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)’s new Ohakea Air Movements Terminal delivers this – and more.

The Terminal also needed to enhance RNZAF’s ability to respond in an emergency or disaster. The new 5,800m2 terminal uses a swing-gate layout. The flexibility of this layout means it can accommodate simultaneous international and domestic military flights.

It includes arrival and departure lounges, a passenger processing area, baggage handling areas, international transfer and customs capability (with areas for all border control functions), as well as a purpose-built freight handling facility.

Our architectural design services are reflected in the architectural statement that the terminal makes. It’s sympathetic to the adjacent 1940s hangars while also presenting a clean, modern face to RNZAF air transport operations.

The Air Movements Terminal was the final piece in Project TAKITINI – the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)’s essential infrastructure programme, and one of the most successful infrastructure programmes the NZDF has undertaken in recent times.


  • Property Council Awards 2015 - Warren and Mahoney Special Purpose Property Award - Merit
  • Commercial Architecture’ category - NZIA Local Architecture Award 2015 Western Branch

Image courtesy of Kevin Hawkins


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5,800 sq m


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