Air New Zealand flies daily to Tauranga and offers direct flights to and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Tauranga Airport is located on Jean Batten Drive about 10 minutes from Tauranga city centre and seven minutes from central Mt Maunganui.
You can also book flights to Tauranga from all other regional centres. Your plane will fly to one of the above major cities first where you will then catch a connecting flight to Tauranga.
If you want to fly into the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Air Chathams offers daily flights between Whakatane and Auckland, while Sunair flies between Whakatane, Gisborne and Hamilton.
Whakatane Airport is located at 216 Aerodrome Rd, about a 10 minute drive from Whakatane’s CBD.
The coastal Bay of Plenty is an easy road trip from anywhere in the North Island.
Explore the Western Bay of Plenty (Waihi Beach, Katikati, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Te Puke) or the Eastern Bay of Plenty (Matata, Whakatane, Ohope Beach). Allow about 1 hour to drive along the coast between Tauranga and Whakatane.
Travelling times & distances from Tauranga:
- to Auckland – 200km, 3 hours
- to Hamilton – 105km, 1 hour 30 minutes
- to Coromandel Peninsula – 60km, 1 hour
- to Rotorua – 63km, 45 minutes
- to Taupo – 150km, 1 hour 50 minutes
- to Napier – 290km – 3 hours 30 minutes
- to Wellington – 521km, 6 hours 25 minutes
Rental cars and motorhomes are available for hire at all airports and cities around New Zealand. A full driver’s licence or international driving permit is required for most vehicle rentals in New Zealand. Your driver will need to be at least 21 years-old.
Follow the scenic Pacific Coast Highway which links Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Cape and Hawkes Bay.
This is a great way to see our most scenic spots as you wind your way around the east coast of the North Island.
You can also add on the Great New Zealand Touring Route afterwards, and head inland from Hawkes Bay through to Lake Taupo and Rotorua before returning back to Auckland.
These touring routes are well signposted but maps are available through our i-SITEs to help you navigate your way with ease.
Tauranga is the largest cruise tour port destination
in New Zealand, with over 80 cruise liners calling here every summer. Spend the
day exploring our region as part of your journey around New Zealand’s stunning
coastline. For more information on cruising to Tauranga and our wide selection
of local tours, including Rotorua, click here.
You can book a bus fare to Tauranga or Whakatane from one of several national coach operators who travel through all major New Zealand cities and towns on a daily basis.
Intercity Coachlines and Naked Bus run regular services around the region which also connect to Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo and further afield.
Catch any Intercity Coachlines and Naked Bus service from Wharf Street, Tauranga, as well as regional services to Katikati, Rotorua, Te Puke, Omokoroa and Whakatane.