Do you need a visa?

Before booking international flights be sure to check if you need a visa to travel to New Zealand.


Flying to New Zealand

Travelling to the Tarawera Ultramarathon in New Zealand is easy with flights available from many international destinations. The nearest international airport to Rotorua is the North Island’s Auckland International Airport. From Auckland, you can get a domestic flight to Rotorua which takes 40 minutes.

International flights can also arrive in Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin airports. Find out more about New Zealand airports here.

Flying to Rotorua

Domestic flights to Rotorua operate daily from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown (via Christchurch or Wellington). Find out more about domestic flights with Air New Zealand here.

Flights from Auckland to Rotorua are quick and easy. The domestic terminal is right next door to the international terminal at Auckland airport and is a 10-minute walk or there are regular shuttles.

Rotorua Airport to the town centre

From Rotorua Airport the town centre is 9.5kms away – easily accessible via a short taxi ride.

Rotorua Travel map3

Driving to Rotorua


Rental cars from Auckland are the easiest and most flexible option for getting to Rotorua. The drive is approximately 3 hours south to Rotorua. From Wellington, the driving time to Rotorua is approximately 5 and a half hours.


Shuttle buses are also available to book from Auckland Airport to Rotorua. The shuttles will drop you door-to-door so this is a very convenient and efficient service


Campervans are available for pick-up from Auckland Airport.
You can find out more about campervans here.
Download and print a touring map of New Zealand here.


Buses from Auckland Airport to Rotorua tend to be cheap – but not always the most direct route and you may have to stop at inconvenient places along the way.
Find out more about Buses and Coaches here.