• Our partners include:

  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner
  • Airbnb
  • Expedia
  • Uber
  • Rentalcars.com

There are 7 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

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 Rotorua  •  1h 46m

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Rotorua (ROT) AKL - ROT

$71 - $243

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Manukau City to Rotorua Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central / ...

$24 - $46

5 alternative options

Fly to Whakatane, bus  •  3h 35m

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Whakatane (WHK) AKL - WHK
  2. Take the bus from Whakatane to Rotorua

$274 - $535

Fly to Taupo, bus  •  2h 59m

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

$108 - $300

Train, bus  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the train from Papakura to Hamilton Northern Explorer
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central / ...

$76 - $104

Night bus  •  4h 36m

  1. Take the night bus from Manukau City to Rotorua Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central

$24 - $46

Drive  •  2h 35m

  1. Drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua 135.7 miles

$29 - $45

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 2h 35m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to fly which costs $100 - $370 and takes 1h 46m.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua. However, there are services departing from Stop A International Terminal and arriving at Rotorua via Manukau City. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 12m.

More details

The distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) and Rotorua is 180 km. The road distance is 217.1 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua without a car is to bus which takes 5h 12m and costs $35 - $70.

More details

It takes approximately 1h 46m to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua, including transfers.

More details

Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Manukau City station.

More details

The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to fly which takes 1h 46m and costs $100 - $370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $70 and takes 5h 12m.

Mode details

The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Rotorua Airport is the direct flight which takes 45m.

Search flights

Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Rotorua station.

More details

Map of how to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 112.7 miles
  • Duration: 1h 46m

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

Air New Zealand flies from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua 3 times a day. Alternatively, InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua 3 times a day. Tickets cost $13 - $35 and the journey takes 3h 35m. GreatSights also services this route 6 times a week.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
Flights from Auckland to Taupo
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Air Chathams
Website
airchathams.co.nz
Flights from Auckland to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $260
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Papakura to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Whakatane to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Manukau City to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Manukau City to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
6 times a week
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

Want to know more about travelling around the world?

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Read our range of informative guides on popular transport routes and companies - including 4 of the smartest ways to explore Australia, The London Underground: Essential tips to navigate the Tube and Bali: What to do if Mount Agung erupts - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is 217 km. It takes approximately 2h 35m to drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua.

Get driving directions

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

Search flights

There are 242+ hotels available in Rotorua. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

More details