There are 6 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua by plane, bus or car

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Fly to Rotorua  •  1 h 32 min

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

$71 - $229

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Bus  •  4 h 45 min

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

$22 - $52

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Fly to Whakatane, bus  •  3 h 18 min

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

$286 - $552

Fly to Taupo, bus  •  2 h 59 min

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

$110 - $302

Fly to Gisborne Airport, fly to Rotorua Airport  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Gisborne (GIS) AKL - GIS
  2. Take the plane from Gisborne Airport to Rotorua Airport

$276 - $552

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

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

$29 - $45

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

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The quickest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to fly which costs $100 - $350 and takes 1 h 32 min.

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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 4 h 45 min.

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

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The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 45 min and costs $30 - $80.

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

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Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, 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 1 h 32 min and costs $100 - $350. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $30 - $80 and takes 4 h 45 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua.
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  • Distance: 112.7 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 32 min

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, you can take a bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua via Hamilton - Central in around 4 h 45 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
Flights from Auckland to Taupo
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Auckland to Gisborne
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Auckland to Gisborne via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Air Chathams
Website
airchathams.co.nz
Flights from Auckland to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $260
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Edgecumbe to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland Domestic Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Other operators
Sunair
Phone
0800 786 247
Email
info@sunair.co.nz
Plane from Gisborne Airport to Rotorua Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$195
Schedules at
sunair.co.nz

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

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

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There are 224+ hotels available in Rotorua. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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