Getting from Auckland to Taupo (and return)

by Cristina on November 2, 2011

by Cristina | November 2nd, 2011  

Taupo is a town on the shores of Lake Taupo, located in the central part of North Island , New Zealand. Huka Falls, created by the Waikato River, is located a short distance from the town. Hot springs , suitable for bathing, are located close by, as well.
The city is a tourist hub , especially during the summer. It offers panoramic views of the lake and the volcanic mountains to the south. Those who enjoy extreme sports can try skydiving here.

Whether you plan to enjoy a vacation on the lake shore or want to explore the are, first you need to know what means of transport are available between Auckland and Taupo and how much it would cost.

Quick summary

Although you’ll be on the road for little over four hours, the best way to travel from Auckland to Taupo is by bus. Single fares start at NZ$20* and there are 11 departures a day (from the three companies, in total).

Flights from Auckland (airport code: AKL) to Taupo

Auckland Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in the country , located about 21 km from the city center. It is hub for both Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue.

Taupo Airport (TUO) is a small airport located 8 km from the city which has become very popular among private jet owners, although it does handle some scheduled flights.

Flights from Auckland to Taupo are operated by Air New Zealand. The flight takes 45 min and there are three flights per day. Single fare starts at NZ$199 (whether you fly in early December 2011 or March 2012).

>>read more about Cheap flights to Auckland

Buses from Auckland to Taupo

There are plenty of choices when it comes to traveling by bus from Auckland to Taupo:

  • InterCity Coachlines : runs 4 connections a day and the travel time is between 4h 25 min and 5h 14 min. Single fare starts at NZ$24.
  • Newmans Coach Lines : runs 4 connections a day and the travel time is between 4h 25 min and 5h 14 min. Single fare starts at NZ$30.
  • Naked Bus : runs 3 connections a day and the travel time is about 4h 25 min. Single fare starts at NZ$19.99.

>>read more about Bus travel in New Zealand

Driving from Auckland to Taupo

You can rent a car and drive the 278 km between Auckland and Taupo. You should be able to cover it in about 3h 36 min.


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Note:* prices valid at the time the article was written

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