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There are 4 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo by plane, bus or train

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Fly to Taupo  •  1 h 10 min

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

$80 - $260

Cheapest option

Bus  •  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

$23 - $55

2 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

$79 - $249

Train, travel  •  7 h 44 min

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

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo is to bus which costs $30 - $85 and takes 5 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo is to fly which costs $120 - $400 and takes 1 h 10 min.

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

The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 59 min and costs $30 - $85.

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

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The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo is to fly which takes 1 h 10 min and costs $120 - $400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $85 and takes 5 h 59 min.

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The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Taupo Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Auckland Airport to Taupo Airport.

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There are 218+ hotels available in Lake Taupo. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo.
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  • Distance: 140.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 10 min

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

Air New Zealand flies from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Lake Taupo twice daily. Alternatively, 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
$80 - $95
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
$9 - $23
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
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Motutere Bay
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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