There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Whakatāne by plane, taxi, bus, train 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 Whakatane, taxi  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Auckland (AKL) to Whakatane (WHK) AKL - WHK
  2. Take a taxi from Whakatane to Whakatāne

$273 - $527

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Whakatane Auckland - Central - Gisborne / ...

$16 - $45

3 alternative options

Fly to Rotorua, bus  •  4 h 43 min

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

$93 - $264

Train, bus  •  7 h 11 min

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

$78 - $107

Drive  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Whakatāne 184.9 miles

$40 - $60

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

InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Auckland to Whakatāne once daily. Tickets cost $17 - $45 and the journey takes 6 h 9 min. ManaBus.com also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Air Chathams
Website
airchathams.co.nz
Flights from Auckland to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $260
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Auckland to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
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
$60 - $70
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Rotorua Airport to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
manabus.com
Bus from Auckland to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
manabus.com
Bus from Hamilton Central to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
manabus.com
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Whakatane
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Other operators
Taxi from Whakatane to Whakatāne
Ave. Duration
12 min
Estimated price
$20 - $24

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Auckland and Whakatāne is 232 km. The road distance is 296 km.

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Whakatāne is to bus which costs $23 - $65 and takes 6 h 9 min.

The quickest way to get from Auckland to Whakatāne is to fly and taxi which takes 2 h 35 min and costs $380 - $750.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland - Central and arriving at Whakatane. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 9 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 35 min to get from Auckland to Whakatāne, including transfers.