There are 8 ways to get from Rotorua to Waiheke Island by bus, ferry, night bus, car, car ferry 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, ferry  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Te Puia to Auckland - Central Auckland - Central - Te Puia
  2. Take the ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal Mtia

$24 - $49

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Bus, ferry via Rotorua  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Auckland - Central Auckland - Central - Rotorua / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal Mtia

$24 - $50

Night bus, ferry  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Take the night bus from Rotorua to Manukau City Auckland - Central - Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal Mtia

$25 - $52

Drive, car ferry  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Rotorua to Half Moon Bay
  2. Take the car ferry from Half Moon Bay to Waiheke - Kennedy Point

$43 - $113

Fly from Rotorua, ferry  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Auckland (AKL) ROT - AKL
  2. Take the ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal

$89 - $259

Bus to Tauranga, fly, ferry  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Bayfair
  2. Fly from Tauranga (TRG) to Auckland (AKL) TRG - AKL
  3. Take the ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal

$108 - $311

Bus to Whakatane, fly, ferry  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Awakeri
  2. Fly from Whakatane (WHK) to Auckland (AKL) WHK - AKL
  3. Take the ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal

$295 - $569

Bus to Taupo, fly, ferry  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotorua to Taupo
  2. Fly from Taupo (TUO) to Auckland (AKL) TUO - AKL
  3. Take the ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal

$129 - $332

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rotorua to Waiheke Island is to bus and ferry which costs $35 - $75 and takes 4 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotorua to Waiheke Island is to drive and car ferry which costs $60 - $170 and takes 3 h 42 min.

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The distance between Rotorua and Waiheke Island is 180 km.

The best way to get from Rotorua to Waiheke Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 4 h 34 min and costs $35 - $75.

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It takes approximately 4 h 34 min to get from Rotorua to Waiheke Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Rotorua Airport to Auckland Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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There are 191+ hotels available in Waiheke Island. Prices start at $117 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rotorua to Rotorua Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 13 min and costs $2 - $4.

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Map of how to get from Rotorua to Waiheke Island.
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  • Distance: 112.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 34 min

What companies run services between Rotorua, New Zealand and Waiheke Island, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Rotorua to Waiheke Island. However, you can take the bus to Auckland - Central, take the walk to Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2, then take the ferry to Waiheke Ferry Terminal. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Rotorua to Waiheke Island via Auckland - Central and Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 in around 5 h 14 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Rotorua to Auckland
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $270
Flights from Tauranga to Auckland
Ave. Duration
35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Taupo to Auckland
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Air Chathams
Website
airchathams.co.nz
Flights from Whakatane to Auckland
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $200
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Te Puia to Auckland - Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Auckland - Central
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Night bus from Rotorua to Manukau City
Ave. Duration
2 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Bayfair
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Awakeri
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Taupo
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Ferry operators
Fullers Ferries
Website
fullers.co.nz
Ferry from Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 to Waiheke Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
fullers.co.nz
Sealink Ferry NZ
Website
sealink.co.nz
Car ferry from Half Moon Bay to Waiheke - Kennedy Point
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $70
Schedules at
sealink.co.nz
Passenger
$14
Motorcycle
$27
Standard Car
$68

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