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There are 2 ways to get from Rotorua to Piopio by bus or car

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Bus  •  5h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Hamilton - Central Auckland - Central - Rotorua / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton - Central to Piopio Hamilton - Central - New Plymouth

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Drive  •  2h 6m

  1. Drive from Rotorua to Piopio 158.7 km

Rotorua to Piopio by bus

The bus journey time between Rotorua and Piopio is around 5h 14m and covers a distance of around 232 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h. Services are operated by InterCity. Typically four buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

4 Weekly Buses
5h 14m Average Duration
$49 Cheapest Price
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Rotorua → Piopio
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Piopio is 0800 358 5453.

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The social distance requirement in Piopio is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Rotorua to Piopio is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 2h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotorua to Piopio is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 2h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotorua to Piopio. However, there are services departing from Rotorua and arriving at Piopio via Hamilton - Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 14m.

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The distance between Rotorua and Piopio is 113 km. The road distance is 158.7 km.

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The best way to get from Rotorua to Piopio without a car is to bus which takes 5h 14m and costs $45 - $80.

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It takes approximately 5h 14m to get from Rotorua to Piopio, including transfers.

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Rotorua to Piopio bus services, operated by InterCity, depart from Rotorua station.

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Rotorua to Piopio bus services, operated by InterCity, arrive at Piopio station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotorua to Piopio is 159 km. It takes approximately 2h 6m to drive from Rotorua to Piopio.

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There are two+ hotels available in Piopio. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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  • Distance: 113.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 14m

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

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Piopio via Hamilton - Central in around 5h 14m.

Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Piopio
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
InterCity
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