Located in the centre of the North Island, visitors can get to and from Rotorua by road or by air. The compact nature of the central city means getting around is easy whether clients are going by foot, self-driving or using public transport. 

By Road

Located in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is highly accessible and well connected to the Bay of Plenty region. 

Approx drive time and distances to other areas:




Approx Drive Time

Rotorua to Taupo



1 hour 10 mins

Rotorua to Tauranga



1 hour 15 mins

Rotorua to Hamilton



1 hour 35 mins

Rotorua to Napier



3 hours 10 mins

Rotorua to Auckland



3 hours 20 mins


Your clients can get around the North Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers. 

Driving Routes
The Thermal Explorer Highway is another option for clients to get from Auckland to Rotorua and onto Taupō and Hawke's Bay. The Highway takes clients alongside the mighty Waikato River, through the dramatic landscapes of the Central North Island and past Huka Falls. 

Clients can take SH33 and SH2 from Rotorua up to Tauranga or take SH38 through Murupara and Te Urewera National Park to get to Lake Waikaremoana and the Eastland region.

By Air

Rotorua airport offers daily domestic flights.

Airlines flying into Rotorua include:
Air New Zealand

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Rotorua to Auckland

45 mins

Rotorua to Wellington

1 hour 10 mins

Rotorua to Christchurch

1 hour 50 mins

Rotorua to Queenstown

3 hours


Getting to and from the airport

Rotorua airport is approximately 10-15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Clients can get a taxi to the city centre for approximately $25 or a shuttle for approximately $14 for the first person and $2 for each person thereafter.

Getting Around Rotorua

Getting around the city centre is easy by foot, however hire cars, shuttles, taxis or the local bus service are also available. Most attractions are within a few kilometres of the city centre, with tours also available.