Catch a cheap bus Auckland to Rotorua with InterCity, with fares from just $1 (+ booking fee). Buses from Auckland to Rotorua depart from the main InterCity bus terminal at 102 Hobson St (Auckland Central) or from Manukau City. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.

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About Rotorua

One of New Zealand's most famous tourist destinations, Rotorua captures the best of New Zealand in one place! Nicknamed Sulphur City, Rotorua is proud of the unique rotten egg smell that surrounds the city.

Not only is it a geothermal wonderland with boiling mud, geysers and hot pools, it is also home to many thrill and adventure activities. From kayaking, white water rafting and jet boating to Zorbing, scooting down the Luge and visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park, there are activities to suit people of all interests, abilities and ages. 

Rotorua's a great place to experience New Zealand's riche Māori culture. At Te Puia you can learn more about how our indigenous ancestors once lived. Te Puia is 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. You can spend the whole day here marveling at the natural geothermal wonders and learning about Māori history and heritage. 

The Rotorua region has 17 lakes, making it ideal for those who love the water. Fishing, swimming and boating are popular in the summer time, and year round for those who can brave the cool temperatures in winter.

With so much to do and see, from action activities, events, art exhibitions, cafes and restaurants, mountain biking and scenic tours it’s no wonder Rotorua is such a popular destination for both domestic and international visitors.

For urban Rotorua bus services including routes and timetables, visit Rotorua Lakes Council. For more information about what Rotorua has to offer visit rotoruanz.com

There are many sightseeing tours with GreatSights and Gray Line departing Auckland and Rotorua. Tours can also include other interesting attractions such as the Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Caves and sights in Rotorua.

Exploring Rotorua without a car is easy. Catch the bus Auckland to Rotorua on one of InterCity's daily buses. GOLD seating is now available on selected services providing a new level of luxury. With soft leather reclining chairs, extra leg room and individual USB charging points, you can sit back and relax as we transport you to the city of Rotorua!

Check out InterCity's two bus passes, TravelPass and FlexiPass, both offering flexible travel within a set budget. You have the flexibility to jump on and off wherever you please and managing your travel online is easy!