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Enabling New Zealand's low carbon future

Christchurch Airport’s Kōwhai Park is a platform for creating a range of green energies. Phase One will deliver a 220 hectare, 150 megawatt solar array – larger than any other currently in New Zealand. With room to grow to 400 hectares and a $100 million kickstart from Solar Bay, Kōwhai Park has a bright future.

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Christchurch Airport Chief Executive

Malcolm Johns

For more than a decade Christchurch Airport’s team has systematically decarbonised our business. We’re on track to be carbon neutral in 2022 and we won’t stop there … our goal is to become climate positive. We’re confident we can achieve that.

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Phase One is planned as a solar array larger than any other in New Zealand currently. However, Kōwhai Park is much more than solar.


Kōwhai Park will provide a resilient supply of clean energy which New Zealand needs to lead the world in decarbonising through electrification.


Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.

How to apply

Kōwhai Park begins with the release of an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ). Learn more about the application process here.

Kōwhai Park

Phase One: a 150 megawatt solar array

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Strong support for Kōwhai Park

Another reason to be proud of Christchurch Airport, says Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Kōwhai Park attracts support from Australian renewable energy fund, Solar Bay.

Worley's global expertise will ensure Kōwhai Park is world-class.

Contact us

You might find the answer you're looking for in our frequently asked questions or at the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) website. If there's something else you'd like to know, please get in touch with the Christchurch Airport team.