Rotorua Transportation

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    Skyline Rides

    by rozehill Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Inside the gondola

    Gondola
    It costs $$17.00 for an adult's return trip up the mountain and back again by Gondola.
    Take in the fascinating view of all over Rotorua and surrounding areas.

    A Gondola Annual Pass

    offers unlimited rides per adult
    Children $15 ......5 years to 14 years

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    Rent a Car!

    by ATXtraveler Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Sarah

    Sarah and I ventured out on our trip to enjoy Rotorua by renting a vehicle from Europcar in Auckland's CBD. It ended up saving us quite a bit of money not to rent from the airport location, because it was 10-15 NZD per day less than what we had quoted over the internet.

    We drove from Auckland to the Coromandel Pennisula, then down to Rotorua, using less than a tank of petrol. It was truly a beautiful drive, and was much better than the alternative short flight from Auckland.

    We ended up paying 135 NZD for 4 days rental, including unlimited mileage. Our vehicle was a Peugeot, and it ran nicely... with plenty of room for the two of us.

    If you would like to rent from the location in Auckland that we used for your trip, go to the website and use:

    Location Code: AKLC01

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    Bring some coins!

    by allikat Updated Mar 25, 2006

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    Don't forget some coins

    Finding your way around Rotorua is pretty simple, as the streets are on a grid~type layout and there is always the lake to help you get your bearings.

    If driving to and around Rotorua, parking is plentiful, but you will need some $2 coins for the parking meters. This will get you a couple of hours before you need to top up. (the major tourist attractions have free parking, so no worries there).

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    Tamaki Maori Village Bus

    by ATXtraveler Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Tamaki Maori Village

    Included in the price of your meal and show at the Tamaki Maori Village is the transportation to and from your place of accomodation. They have a very intricate system which picks each of their customers up throughout the city, then drops them off in town at the Realm of Tane location for a evening drink, and a relaxing thirty minutes or so while the others arrive.

    Then everyone jumps onto one or two buses to head out to the village, which is located just outside of town. On the way, the bus driver teaches everyone a little about what is going to happen, and also picks a chief.

    I was lucky enough to be the chief on our trip and we enjoyed the experience!

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    Rent a car or cab it

    by MLW20 Written Aug 11, 2006

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    Nice wheels

    Rotorua is a hard place to get around unless you rent a car! I HIGHLY recommend it. We rented a car for an excursion I had planned in advance. We used the car all day prior to the trip. If not for the car we would've spent much more than the rental price on cabs to visit attractions in the area.

    Don't forget--- In New Zealand the driver sits on the right side and you drive on the left. So, if are you from the U.S. etc.. you can say it is on the wrong side of the road. I don't say that because I guess they could say the same about us!

    This was my first time driving like that and it was very cool. It made things more like an adventure!

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    The Waitomo Wanderer

    by MLW20 Written Sep 17, 2006

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    If you want to see the glowworm caves in Waitomo, take the Waitomo Wanderer bus. The driver owns the company and is very friendly. He provides pickup from your hotel.

    The only other way there is by renting a car!

    The bus leaves early in the morning and takes about 2 hours each way.

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    Bus or car ?

    by dragontml Written Oct 7, 2004

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    By road, a wide variety of bus, coach and scenic tour operators connect Rotorua with most North Island towns and cities.

    Rotorua is only a one hour drive from the cities of Taupo, Hamilton and Tauranga, a three hour drive from Auckland and a five hour drive from Wellington.

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    Getting around

    by batgirl1001 Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Rotorua is actually quite easy to navigate and there are many street signs and tourist signs to show you where the attractions are.

    The town is also generally flat and well-laid and the main town area is near the lake. There are also numerous hotels/motels and a few hostels in Rotorua and only in summer peak period, will it be hard to find a place to stay.

    We highly recommend staying at a motel with a private hot spa. It's really great and a luxurious way to relax at night. There are many spa motels in Rotorua, all you need to do is check the signs. The price ranges from $65 to $95 and we stayed at the Aspen Motel for $85 per night.

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  • A very reasonably priced minibus transfer service

    by la_speranza Updated Aug 25, 2010

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    When in Rotorua, and you need to move around quite a bit, as most of the attractions are quite spread out. If you do not posses a valid driver's license, there are very few public transport options, and taxis can be very costly. Please give GRUMPY LIMO (aka Rotorua city transfers) a try. I was introduced to this by a friendly staff at the visitor center. She saw me with a large suitcase and will need a good half hour walk to my motel, she suggested I give this guy Grumpy (yes, his real name!) a try. he has about 5 to 6 people working under him. They all use minibus for transportation. He can get you from anywhere to anywhere within Rotorua for NZD5 per person, regardless of the distance, and this also include airport pick ups and drop offs!

    I met Grumpy the owner and he is friendly gentleman in his 60s, very punctual and caring. I was going to the Rotorua musem, he even chose a road to give me a good view of the lake before arriving in there. His number is 0800 222 141. In New Zealand, it is a free call number. He works from 8am to 6pm everyday.

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    hire a car

    by DONBURGESS Written Oct 31, 2004

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    a nap in the back seat

    ok the trick to getting around Rotoura is to hire your self a car, almost everything is not with in walking distance, so for ease of transporting your self and seeing more of the place hire a car and your passangers can have a nap between places

    There are cheap hire car places every where

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    By airplane, specifically Air...

    by b1bob Updated Feb 21, 2003

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    fixing to take off from Auckland

    We arrived at the airport and the Lamberts (Jonathan, Anthony, Gladys, Raylene, and Jonathan Sr.- the father Jonathan, Anthony, and Raylene) were already there waiting. Maria (our scatterbrained New Zealand guide) put them to work by helping us load or luggage onto the conveyor belt. There were 3 hours and a half hours before the departure of Air New Zealand 10 to Honolulu. We wandered about the airport for a while, taking photos of me together with the Lamberts and them taking photos of my family together. Gladys Lambert still sends Christmas cards to my Grandma Atkins.

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    Getting There

    by keeweechic Written Sep 1, 2002

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    From Auckland : By Air 35 mins, by Coach or Train about 4 hours and by Car around 3 hours.
    From Hamilton : By Train or Coach around 2 hours, By Car around 1 ½ hrs.
    From Wellington : By Air 70 mins, By Coach around 8 hours and by Car around 6 hours.

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    Intercity : Paihia to Rotorua

    by Gillybob Written Jun 15, 2014
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    If you are travelling around New Zealand without your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.

    Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.

    If you need to make a firm itinerary to ensure your planned tour of New Zealand, you may want to look at booking your tickets early with Intercity who have a limited number of $1 tickets on a number of routes.

    In February 2014, I travelled from Paihia to Rotorua (amongst other journeys) for $??.00 (plus booking fee).

    It is worth noting that you pay a booking fee for each completed process, so if you're going to book a number of tickets, it's a good idea to plan them out and complete the purchase in one process, thereby incurring just one booking fee.

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    Fly to/from Rotorua

    by Gillybob Written Jun 17, 2014
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    Rotorua International Airport provides an opportunity to fly between New Zealand locations with services offered by both Air New Zealand and Sunair Aviation.

    Flights are offered to a wide range of destinations around New Zealand, as well as Trans-Tasman flights to Sydney (via Air New Zealand) during the summer months of September to May.

    I flew from Rotorua to Wellington to save time rather than taking an Intercity coach. The views during the flight were great as it was a clear day all the way down to just north of Wellington, which was significantly affected by fog rolling in from the sea - in fact, Wellington Airport was closed when we took off from Rotorua Airport but, after a little circling and enjoying the scenery, we were lucky to catch an opening in the fog and land at Wellington Airport, as intended.

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    Getting to Rotorua

    by seagoingJLW Updated Sep 13, 2002
    Kiwi and the Wilners

    The best way to travel there is to have a friend meet you at the dock and drive you there. We were so fortunate to know KIWI (Pam.) She took us around the whole day. It was wonderful.

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