There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Rotorua by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 25 min

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

$14 - $40

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Train, bus  •  5 h 42 min

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

$69 - $93

Drive  •  2 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Rotorua 142.5 miles

$30 - $45

Fly to Rotorua  •  2 h 56 min

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

$74 - $251

Fly to Taupo, bus  •  4 h 23 min

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

$113 - $321

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland - Central and arriving at Rotorua. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 25 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 best way to get from Auckland to Rotorua without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 25 min and costs .

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The bus from Auckland - Central to Rotorua takes 4 h 25 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Auckland to Rotorua bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Auckland - Central station.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Rotorua is to bus which takes 4 h 25 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 2 h 56 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 to Rotorua bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Rotorua station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Auckland to Rotorua is 228 km. It takes approximately 2 h 41 min to drive from Auckland to Rotorua.

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

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Map of how to get from Auckland to Rotorua.
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  • Distance: 121.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 25 min

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

InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Auckland to Rotorua every 4 hours. Tickets cost $14 - $40 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min. 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 Taupo
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
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 - $65
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $40
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
Bus from Taupo to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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There are 223+ hotels available in Rotorua. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Auckland Airport is to bus which takes 24 min and costs .

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