There are 7 ways to get from Auckland to Rotorua by bus, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland to Rotorua N1 / ...

$13 - $35

6 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Hamilton Northern Explorer
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton to Rotorua N1 / ...

$71 - $94

Drive  •  2 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Rotorua 142.5 miles

$30 - $45

Fly to Rotorua  •  3 h 13 min

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

$78 - $245

Fly to Tauranga, bus  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Tauranga (TRG) AKL - TRG
  2. Take the bus from Papamoa to Rotorua

$97 - $297

Fly to Whakatane, bus  •  4 h 59 min

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

$296 - $570

Fly to Taupo, bus  •  5 h 17 min

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

$102 - $296

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Rotorua is to bus which costs $19 - $55 and takes 3 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Rotorua is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 2 h 41 min.

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The distance between Auckland and Rotorua is 194 km. The road distance is 228 km.

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The bus from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 h 45 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland and arriving at Rotorua. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 45 min.

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What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Rotorua, New Zealand?

ManaBus.com operates a bus from Auckland to Rotorua every 4 hours. Tickets cost $13 - $22 and the journey takes 3 h 45 min. InterCity Coachlines also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Air New Zealand flies from Auckland to Rotorua 3 times a day.

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
Air Chathams
Website
airchathams.co.nz
Flights from Auckland to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $260
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Schedules at
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
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Papamoa to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Edgecumbe to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
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

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