Auckland International Airport, on NZ’s North Island, is the closest gateway to Rotorua, the Kiwis’ Mecca of mountain biking. It is just a two-and-a-half hour drive, or 40 minute flight, from the airport. International flights also arrive at Christchurch International Airport, Wellington Airport, Queenstown Airport and Dunedin International Airport. Find out more about flying to New Zealand airports.
Before you travel, be sure to check if you need a visa to visit New Zealand.
Once your flights are booked, have a look at our accommodation partners, transport and things to do while you’re here, then you can create a wishlist on RotoruaNZ.com. Flying between towns and cities in New Zealand is easy with our major domestic carrier Air New Zealand. If you’re travelling with a mountain bike, Rotorua Airport has a bike assembly area available to assemble your bike and store the box, ready for your adventure to start.
Auckland International Airport has an extensive range of rental car options located at the terminal buildings. All companies provide online booking systems and many have international and NZ free-phone numbers. It is also possible to book on arrival. Driving to Rotorua is simple and allows one to take in the beautiful NZ landscapes. Find out what’s different about driving in New Zealand on the NZ Transport Agency website.
New Zealand’s main coach bus service is Intercity; the bus trip from Auckland to Rotorua takes an average of four hours.
NEW ZEALAND IMMIGRATION 2020
Everyone travelling to NZ (who does not have an NZ or Australian passport) will need a Sports Event Visa or NZeTA (Electronic Travel Authority) for entry to NZ.
Attendees will fall into 2 categories:
- If the visitor is from a “visa waiver” country, then only an NZeTA will need to be applied for. The visitor waiver countries are listed below via a link. To apply for the NZeTA, click here.
- If the visitor is not from one of these Visa Waiver countries (or Australia), then the visitor will need to apply for a Sports Event Visa. To apply for a Sports Event Visa click here. Visitors who fall into this category may need an immigration letter. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter if required.
Getting Around Rotorua:
Arriving in Rotorua, you can choose from a wide selection of transportation options including rental cars, shuttles, taxis or City Ride public transit.