Sleeping in Airports

New Plymouth Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our New Plymouth Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

NPL Airport Overview

new plymouth airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at New Plymouth Airport.

What to Expect

New Plymouth Airport (code: NPL) has two terminals that serve domestic destinations: Terminal 1 handles standard carriers and the smaller Terminal 2 handles low-cost flights. An ongoing construction project will expand Terminal 1 significantly. T1 has a small cafe but T2 likely has no eatery. We are unable to confirm whether WiFi is available. For added comfort, economy class passengers with Air New Zealand can pay to enter an airport lounge through a membership program. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Spending the night here is not possible as the airport closes from 9:00PM until 5:00AM daily. For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in New Plymouth Airport does not appeal to you, the nearest hotels are in New Plymouth and Waitara:

  • Masonic Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Located in nearby Waitara. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Novotel New Plymouth Hobson – (12 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle available($). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near New Plymouth Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Related Pages: New Plymouth Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available in the lounge [ see airport lounges above]; however, at the time of this update we did not have information about availability elsewhere in the terminal. If you know, click here to update the guide.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Food & Drinks – Airspresso Cafe serves coffee and light meals. Hours and location are not known.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

New Plymouth airport is open daily from 5:45AM to 9:30PM (Mon – Sat) • 8:30AM – 9:30PM (Sun). Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible.


New Plymouth airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Jetstar • Originair.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have offices located onsite: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Pegasus • Thrifty.

Airport Shuttle

Scott’s Airport Shuttle is New Plymouth’s only dedicated airport shuttle. Shuttles can be booked online or over the phone in advance.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were able to find only one hotel that offers an airport shuttle: King and Queen Hotel Suites.


Taxis are available. Additional details are unknown.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.