Transportation

Transportation

Rotorua is situated in the central North Island of New Zealand, making it easily accessible from most parts of New Zealand and the world!

As a popular tourist destination, Rotorua is part of The Great New Zealand Touring Route on the Thermal Explorer Highway and the Pacific Coast Highway. The Thermal Explorer Highway is a popular self-drive tour, which includes fabulous places to explore such as Rotorua, Ruapehu, Lake Taupo, Waitomo and Hawkes Bay. With so many itinerary routes available to and from Rotorua, visitors can travel down one way and then take a different route back – providing a fabulous opportunity to experience the entire region.

If you decide to drive to Rotorua, the following drive times are a guide only.

Drive time to Rotorua

  • From Auckland: 3 hours 20 mins
  • From Hamilton: 1 hour 35 mins
  • From Tauranga: 1 hour 15 mins
  • From New Plymouth: 4 hours 15 mins
  • From Waitomo: 2 hours 20 mins
  • From Taupo: 1 hour 10 mins
  • From Palmerston North: 4 hours 50 mins
  • From Wellington: 6 hours 35 mins

Travelling by bus or coach is a great option for those that want to enjoy the scenery whilst leaving the driving to someone else. Plus you don’t have to worry about reading maps! InterCity is New Zealand’s largest coach network and has connections to Rotorua from Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton, Taupo, Whakatane, Gisborne, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Napier, Hastings and Wanganui. A popular bus services for those travelling New Zealand on a budget is the Naked Bus, which services Rotorua as part of its touring route. If you prefer someone else to arrange your holiday itinerary I suggest you contact one of the many private coach charter companies that include Rotorua within their group tour.

Flying is a quick and easy way to get in and out of Rotorua and there are daily national air service links with Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Please also remember that you can fly from almost any city in New Zealand to Rotorua, however you will have to take a connecting flight at some stage of the journey. Rotorua airport is only a 15 minute drive from the city.

Once you are in Rotorua it is pretty easy to get around the area due to the good range of coach, taxi, shuttle and rental vehicle services available. Travelling across the city is a pretty easy mission as it only takes 20 minutes, while many tourist attractions and activities are located within walking distance of the CBD. From scooter and bicycle hire to personalised tours and campervan rentals, you will easily find transport to suit your budget and requirements at the i-SITE Tourism Rotorua Visitor Information & Travel Centre.

If you prefer to see the region by air I recommend something a little bit special with Volcanic Air Safaris. This Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity offers an extensive range of scenic flights by helicopter or floatplane.

By | 2016-11-26T18:57:33+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Rotorua|2 Comments

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Danny de Hek
Like most people, I have many passions, goals and dreams. As a self made business professional, my focus is helping my clients, associates and friends, build, strengthen and maintain their success. It would be fair to say I am in the full time business of building relationships and feel my purpose and skill is connecting the right people with the right people.My professional work tends to dominate my personal life, to the horror of my partner and business mentor. They both fully support me yet give me the hard truths when I need to hear this. I am always investing in my personal development to have a fulfilled work/life balance. I enjoy Target Shooting, Hiking & Mountain Biking to clear the brain and to take the guilt away when indulging at a quirky cafe for a cooked breakfast or brunch.My passion for travelling has seen me experience the world on many occasions, my next adventure will be doing the Tibet Rail Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Golmud as long as they have Wi-Fi aboard ;-) I have many goals I still wish to achieve but am pretty chuffed that I have accomplished so many of these already.

2 Comments

  1. Danny de Hek
    Danny de Hek 18 September 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Tip… If you are heading to Rotoura make sure you take a peg for you nose 😉 it’s New Zealand’s smelliest town!!

  2. Mark Eusen Boberg
    Mark Eusen Boberg 10 December 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I for one personally prefer to travel by bus or any other forms of public transportation. I think it is more convenient and the main point is to enjoy the scenery which is always very stunning. Hence, it would be such a waste to drive by your own and you need to concentrate on the roads and miss out on the beautiful nature in your surroundings.

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