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There are two types of prohibited areas for flying drones in Marlborough.

Red = Controlled Airspace – ATC approval required during hours of watch (Airshare)

Blue = 4 km radius around local airfields – Aerodrome Authority, Hospital or Harbour Master approval required within 4 kms at all times.

Useful links

Go to the Council's Drone information page

Woodbourne Air Traffic Control

Omaka Airfield (Marlborough Aero Club)

Picton Airfield (Sounds Air)

Wairau Hospital (Nelson Marlborough District Health Board)

Department of Conservation - drone use on conservation land


CAANZ information on drones (includes rules, FAQs, information on drone training)

UAVNZ website