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Taupo, Turangi & Tongariro - Getting Here

Where in the world is Lake Taupo?


The Great Lake Taupo region is centrally located in the middle of the North Island, approximately 3 ½ hours drive from Auckland and 4 ½  hours drive from Wellington. It is within a 2 hour drive of Waitomo Caves to the west, Hamilton to the north, Tauranga to the east and The Ruapehu District to the south.


Closer to Lake Taupo you will find the trout fishing mecca of Turangi, and the quiet lakeside town of Mangakino. The world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing within the Tongariro National Park is close by.




 Taupo map

By Bus or Coach

New Zealand's largest coach network, InterCity, has been transporting Kiwi and overseas visitors around New Zealand for more than 30 years. InterCity offer more than 150 services every day connecting to over 600 New Zealand destinations.


The main cities with connecting services to Taupo are; Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Gisborne, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Napier and Wellington.


Search for available seats and book your bus tickets to get to or from Taupo with this Intercity box.



By Air 

Daily Domestic Flights

Air New Zealand operates daily flights to and from Taupo Airport, situated just 8 kilometres from the town's centre.  Auckland and Wellington are the main gateways for both domestic and international travel.  For more information about scheduled flights go to


International flights direct from Sydney, Australia into Rotorua Airport are now available, making travel to the nearby Taupo region easier than ever.  Check Air New Zealand for flight details.

On average, Taupo airport has approximately 35,000 aircraft movements per year, adding to the 'buzzing' vibe of Taupo.

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By Land

The drive to Great Lake Taupo takes you through a land of dramatic changing landscapes.  

Great Lake Taupo is situated at the crossroads of State Highway 1 and the Thermal Explorer Highway. State Highway 1 is the country's main trunk line for road travel, connecting Auckland to Wellington. The Thermal Explorer Highway is the Central North Island's scenic touring route, starting at Auckland and ending at Napier. Along the highway you'll get to see captivating landscapes, geothermal activity, crystal clear lakes and streams, Maori culture and many wineries. 

View Great Lake Taupo Touring Routes

  • Thermal Explorer Highway
  • The Pacific Coast Highway

Driving Times & Directions (Google Maps)

The following routes are from other main North Island city centres:

View the intercative map

You can also hire a rental car, take a taxi or shuttle / tour 


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