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There are 8 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua by plane, taxi, night bus, bus or car

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Fly to Tauranga, taxi  •  1h 32m

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Tauranga (TRG) AKL - TRG
  2. Take a taxi from Tauranga to Rotorua

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Bus  •  5h 24m

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

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Fly to Rotorua  •  2h 1m

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

Fly to Taupo, night bus  •  2h 59m

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

Fly to Whakatane, bus  •  3h 35m

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

Bus via Hamilton  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Auckland Domestic Airport to Hamilton - Central Hamilton - Central - Auckland - Central / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua Auckland - Central - Gisborne / ...

Night bus  •  5h 8m

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

Drive  •  2h 31m

  1. Drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua 217 km

Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua by bus

6 Weekly Buses
4h 20m Average Duration
$38 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to night bus which costs $35 - $110 and takes 5h 8m.

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The fastest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to fly and taxi which takes 1h 32m and costs $290 - $650.

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No, there is no direct bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua. However, there are services departing from Auckland Domestic Airport and arriving at Rotorua via Hamilton - Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 20m.

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The distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) and Rotorua is 180 km. The road distance is 217 km.

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The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua without a car is to bus via Hamilton which takes 4h 20m and costs $35 - $100.

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It takes approximately 1h 32m to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to fly which takes 2h 1m and costs $80 - $370. Alternatively, you can bus via Hamilton, which costs $35 - $100 and takes 4h 20m.

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The quickest flight from Auckland Airport to Tauranga Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua.
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  • Distance: 180.3 km
  • Duration: 1h 32m

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

Air New Zealand flies from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua via Hamilton - Central in around 4h 20m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Tauranga
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $350
Flights from Auckland to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Auckland to Taupo
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Air Chathams
Website
airchathams.co.nz
Flights from Auckland to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$24 - $420
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Night bus from Taupo to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Website
https://www.intercity.co.nz/
Bus from Whakatane to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
https://www.intercity.co.nz/
Bus from Auckland Domestic Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
https://www.intercity.co.nz/
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
https://www.intercity.co.nz/
Bus from Manukau City to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
https://www.intercity.co.nz/
InterCity Link
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland Domestic Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$13
Website
https://www.intercity.co.nz/?utm_source=Google_Maps&utm_medium=G_Transit%2B&utm_campaign=G_Transit
Other operators
Taxi from Tauranga to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
52 min
Estimated price
$220 - $270
Taxi Cabs Tauranga
Phone
+64 7 578 7878
Website
taurangataxi.co.nz
Tauranga Mount Taxis
Phone
+64 7 578 6086
Website
taurangataxis.co.nz
New Zealand Cabs Tauranga
Phone
+64 800 482 947
Website
nzcabs.com
Kubat Taxi
Phone
+64 800 698 294
Website
kubat.co.nz
Dial A Cab Bay of Plenty
Phone
+64 7 543 5050

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Yes, the driving distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is 217 km. It takes approximately 2h 31m to drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua.

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

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