Getting To & Around Great Lake Taupo

The Great Lake Taupo region is centrally located in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand, about 3 ½ hours drive from Auckland and 4 ½ hours drive from Wellington.

The Great Lake Taupo region is within a two hour drive of Waitomo Caves to the west, Hamilton to the north, Tauranga to the east and the Ruapehu 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.

Flights to Taupo

Auckland to Taupo

Air New Zealand operates daily flights between Auckland and Taupo.

For more information about scheduled flights to the Taupo Airport, go to Air New Zealand's website

Wellington to Taupo

Marlborough-based air operator Sounds Air, provide at least three return flights on each weekday and two return flights on Saturdays and Sundays.

Book your flights online at or phone 0800 505 005.

Private Charters

You can also fly to Taupo Airport via private chartered flights, jets and helicopters. Taupo Airport services Global Expresses, to light twin engine aircraft. Please check out Inflite Charters for private charters.


Taupo Airport has a public car park adjacent to the terminal building. All parking is free of charge. While secure parking is not currently available, security gates on Anzac Drive are closed at night.

By Land 

Great Lake Taupo is an easy drive from all of the main centres in the North Island of New Zealand. Great Lake Taupo is situated at the crossroads of State Highway One (SH1) and the Thermal Explorer Highway, the country's main highway for road travel, connecting Auckland to Wellington. 

Driving Times & Directions

Auckland - Taupo: 3.5hrs
Wellington - Taupo: 4.5hrs
Rotorua - Taupo: 1hr
Hamilton - Taupo: 2hr
Napier - Taupo: 2hr
New Plymouth - Taupo: 3.5hr
Palmerston North - Taupo: 3.5hrs

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

Bus / Coach

InterCity offers more than 150 services every day connecting over 600 New Zealand destinations. Search for available seats and book your bus tickets to get to or from Taupo via the Intercity website.

Mana Bus is a great value city-to-city express coach service operating in New Zealand. Find out more about their services on the

Naked Bus also offers cheap long distance bus travel in New Zealand. Find out more and buy tickets at

Backpacker Bus

There are also plenty of backpacker bus tours to Taupo such as Kiwi ExperienceContikiStray and other smaller personalised tours that can get you here with plenty of fun guaranteed.

Local Taupo Bus

Once you’ve arrived, Taupo’s local bus service, the Taupo Connector, can take you pretty much anywhere you need to go around Taupo town.

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