Getting To Rotorua

Our guide to the main transport ways to get to Rotorua


With it's central North Island location, getting to Rotorua is fairly straightforward.

Fly to Rotorua:

Rotorua Airport handles daily flights from Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and Christchurch. There are twice-weekly flights from Sydney. Departing passengers on domestic flights are required to pay an Airport Development Levy prior to boarding their flights.

Drive to Rotorua:

Rotorua is a leisurely and fairly direct 3.5 hour drive from Auckland and 6 hours from Wellington. From Taupo it's just over an hour while from Tauranga it's an hour 15 minute drive.

Bus to Rotorua:

Baybus is the public bus service that runs regular services throughout the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua region. A number of nationwide coach operators travel to Rotorua, including guided tour options which drop you off at your accommodation after visiting the attractions.

GreatSights and Grayline Tours operate both single and return tours to Rotorua. There is also the option of a guided tour of Rotorua departing from Auckland. Operators include FlexiToursNZ.