Get to and from Taranaki by road or by air from other domestic centres in New Zealand. There are plenty of beautiful driving routes for your clients who are renting a car while they're here.

By Road

Taranaki is roughly the same distance between both Wellington and Auckland.

Approx drive time and distances to other cities:




Approx Drive Time

New Plymouth to Hamilton



3 hours 45 mins

New Plymouth to Wellington



5 hours 10 mins

New Plymouth to Auckland



5 hours 30 mins

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

Driving Routes
The Forgotten World Highway is built on colonial bridle paths from the 19th century and will take clients from Taranaki to the Ruapehu district.

Clients can also take the Surf Highway, or State Highway 45, from New Plymouth along the coast on the western side of Mt Taranaki.

By Air

New Plymouth airport is the main airport and offers domestic services.

Domestic airlines include:
Air New Zealand

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

New Plymouth to Auckland

45 mins

New Plymouth to Wellington

55 mins

New Plymouth to Christchurch

1 hour 25 mins


Getting to and from the airport
New Plymouth airport is a 15 minute drive from the town centre. 

There are various transport options available to the town centre including taxis (approx $20-25), and shuttle services (first person $18-25, each person thereafter at a reduced cost).

Getting Around Taranaki

Getting around the town centres is easy by foot, however clients can also hire scooters, motorhomes, and cars from numerous hire companies.

There are also a number of local coach and shuttle services as well as taxis in the main centres.

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