There are 5 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo by plane, bus or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Taupo, travel  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Taupo (TUO) AKL - TUO
  2. Travel from Taupo to Lake Taupo

Cheapest option

Bus InterCity Coachlines  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central Auckland - Central - Hamilton - Central
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton - Central to Motutere Bay Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central

$24 - $62

3 alternative options

Fly to Rotorua, bus  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Rotorua (ROT) AKL - ROT
  2. Take the bus from Rotorua Airport to Taupo

$80 - $251

Bus ManaBus.com  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland to Taupo N1 / ...

$27 - $36

Train, travel  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Papakura to National Park Northern Explorer
  2. Travel from National Park to Lake Taupo

What companies run services between Auckland Airport (AKL), New Zealand and Lake Taupo, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo via Hamilton - Central and Motutere Bay in around 5 h 59 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Taupo
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Auckland to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Papakura to National Park
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua Airport to Taupo
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Motutere Bay
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Taupo
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $23
Schedules at
manabus.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo?

The distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) and Lake Taupo is 225 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo?

The cheapest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo is to bus which costs $35 - $55 and takes 7 h 17 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo?

The quickest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo is to fly and bus which takes 3 h 38 min and costs $110 - $360.

How long does it take to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo?

It takes approximately 1 h 10 min to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo, including transfers.