There are 7 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua by plane, 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  •  1 h 32 min

  1. AKL - ROT

$71 - $229

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Auckland - Central - Hamilton - Central
  2. N1 / ...

$21 - $52

5 alternative options

Fly to Tauranga, bus  •  3 h 27 min

  1. AKL - TRG

$89 - $282

Fly to Whakatane, bus  •  3 h 18 min

  1. AKL - WHK

$286 - $552

Fly to Taupo, bus  •  3 h 36 min

  1. AKL - TUO

$93 - $281

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

  1. AKL - GIS

$282 - $558

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

  1. 135.7 miles

$29 - $45

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 and Hamilton in around 4 h 25 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 Tauranga
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $360
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 Papamoa to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
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 Waitahanui to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland Domestic Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Hamilton to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
manabus.com
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
$201
Schedules at
sunair.co.nz

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Questions & Answers

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

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

The quickest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Rotorua is to fly which takes 1 h 32 min and costs $100 - $340.

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. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 25 min.

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