Taupo Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane

Taupo Airport is served by Air New Zealand. There are daily flights from Auckland and Wellington. It also provides for private jets and other aircraft and is the busiest parachute drop zone in New Zealand.

By bus

Intercity, Newmans and Nakedbus offer coach services to Taupo several times a day from throughout the North Island. Adventure travel networks in the form of Kiwi Experience, Magic Bus, Stray and Contiki also visit Taupo (daily in summer).

By car

Taupo is located centrally lies on the junction of State Highway 1 and State Highway 5, making it accessible from most places in the North island.

Until recently, Taupo was a congestion spot over the Christmas/New Year period and on public holidays as two highways worth of inter-city traffic mixed with local traffic on the lake front. In October 2010, an eastern bypass of Taupo opened to take the two highways around the outside of the town rather than through it, easing the holiday congestion somewhat.

Approximate distances and drive times are:

Auckland – 275 km / 4 hrs along State Highway 1 (alternatively, you can leave SH 1 at Pokeno, travel along SH 2 and SH 27 via Matamata and meet back up with SH 1 at Tirau, therefore avoiding Hamilton)
Hamilton – 153 km / 2 hrs along State Highway 1
Rotorua – 81 km / 1 hr along State Highway 5
Napier – 142 km / 2 hrs along State Highway 5 (there are no petrol stations en route, so check your petrol level before leaving Bay View, on Napier's outskirts)
Wellington – 370 km / 5 hrs along State Highway 1

source: Wikivoyage

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