InterCity runs daily buses from Auckland Airport to Rotorua. Your Auckland Airport to Rotorua bus trip will take approximately 6 hours including one transfer.

Buses to Rotorua depart from Bus Stop E, outside the International Terminal on Ray Emery Drive, and arrive in Rotorua outside Tourism Rotorua, 1167 Fenton St.

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About Rotorua

Rotorua is an attractive year-round holiday destination for visitors seeking thrill, relaxation, fun and the opportunity to learn more about the Māori culture. A positively unique destination, the attractions in Rotorua have to be seen (and smelt) to be believed. Nicknamed Sulphur City, Rotorua proudly boasts a rotten egg smell that surrounds the city.

Rotorua is a great place to take part in water sports whether they’re relaxing or adventurous in nature. From kayaking, white water rafting and jetboating to sailing, paddle boarding or simply relaxing in thermal springs, Rotorua caters to all! With 18 sparkling lakes in the region, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

A highlight and must-see attraction is Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley. Home to bubbling mud pools, colourful crater lakes and the world famous Pohutu Geyser, which shoots up to 30 metres high, up to 20 times a day.

Other things to do while in Te Puia include visiting the the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, gaining insights into how our indigenous ancestors once lived. A whole day can be spent absorbing everything that Te Puia has to offer and you’ll walk away feeling uplifted and like you’ve learnt something very special.

Visiting Rotorua with children? You’ve come to the right place. There's an abundance of family friendly attractions for children of all ages and abilities. The Skyline Gondola provides an action-packed day with downhill luge experiences, ziplines, the Sky Swing and mountain biking trails. All showcasing the fabulous views of Rotorua.  

Home of the original ZORB, this thrilling activity is still going strong in Rotorua. You could also visit Velocity Valley for more wild activities the kids will love. A visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park will be thoroughly enjoyed by younger kids also!

Exploring Rotorua is such fun and can be achieved without using a car. Catch the bus from Auckland Airport to Rotorua on one of InterCity’s daily buses. GOLD seating is available on selected services providing a new level of luxury. With soft leather reclining chairs, extra leg room and individual USB charging ports you can sit back and relax as we transport you to the city of Rotorua!

Visit for more information about everything that Rotorua has to offer.

Great Sights and Gray Line offer daily sightseeing tours of Rotorua departing from Auckland and Rotorua.