InterCity operates daily buses to Whakatane from locations around the North Island. All buses to Whakatane stop outside the Whakatane isite on Quay Street.

Approximate bus to Whakatane travel times:

Bus Auckland to Whakatane - 6 hours

Bus Auckland International Airport to Whakatane - 8 hours 30 minutes

Bus Auckland Domestic Airport to Whakatane - 8 hours 15 minutes

Bus Manukau to Whakatane - 5 hours 45 minutes

Bus Hamilton to Whakatane - 3 hours 45 minutes

Bus Tauranga to Whakatane - 6 hours 15 minutes

Bus Rotorua to Whakatane - 1 hour 30 minutes

Bus Taupo to Whakatane - 5 hours 30 minutes

Bus Napier to Whakatane - 8 hours 45 minutes

Bus Hastings to Whakatane - 8 hours 15 minutes

Bus New Plymouth to Whakatane - 8 hours 30 minutes


About Whakatane

Whakatane is a town located in the Bay of Plenty region and is one of New Zealand's sunniest places! With 55km of coastline stretching the Whakatane district, visitors flock her in the summer months to soak up the sun and the sea! 

Whakatane is also used as a base for many tourists who wish to explore the surrounding region. The northern end of the Te Uruwera National Park is only 35 minutes from the centre of Whakatane. This National Park is the largest forested wilderness in the North Island with many lakes, rivers, waterfalls and walking trails. You can also go trout fishing and hunting here. Find more walking trails here.

Another popular attraction that is easily accessed from Whakatane is Whakaari/White Island, New Zealand's only active sea volcano. Take a scenic tour of the volcano from the air.

Popular tourist activities in Whakatane include swimming with dolphins, whale watching, chartered fishing cruises, surf tours, hunting, aviation, and bushwalking.

For additional information on Whakatane visit

InterCity makes it easy to bus to Whakatane and with the FlexiPass bus pass it's even easier! You have the flexibility to jump on and off wherever you want and managing your travel online is effortless.