Getting Here & About

getting Around Rotorua

An attractive advantage of living in Rotorua is that you don't need to rely on using your own vehicle. You can easily bike, walk, catch the bus or taxi.


Metered car parking is available throughout Rotorua. There are also a number of free all day parking spaces and parking for the eldrely, disabled and infirm.

Council also operates a public multi-storied Car Parking Building at 1222 Pukuatua Street. Click here to find out more.


The ‘Cityride Rotorua’ bus service is run by Reesby Buses. There are 11 routes, all of which start at the central Arawa Street interchange.

View bus times, fares and routes online

Reesby Buses also run services to Murupara and Tauranga. 


Rotorua has an enviable reputation as an international mountain biking destination. It’s also New Zealand’s number one cycling destination - with a cycling friendly landscape, it’s easy riding throughout the city and also to and from the surrounding suburbs.

Several routes into the central business district (CBD) have cycle lanes or ‘Share with Care’ facilities. Why not give cycling a go to get into work? Even one day a week will help your fitness, your pocket and the environment.

If you’re interested in riding off-road, there are over 145 kilometres of recreational mountain biking trails just a short distance from the city.

travel on foot
Many of our attractions, accommodation and facilities like the MuseumLibrary, Aquatic Centre, the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre and the Energy Events Centre are located in the inner city, for easy walking distance. With our city being flat, our residents with mobility vehicles also find it very convenient to get around. Local roads have plenty of footpaths which facilitate walking, including ‘Share with Care’ facilities on some commuter routes.

Getting to & from Rotorua

Rotorua is one of the most accessible cities in New Zealand.

The distance, driving and flight times from/to Rotorua are:

City Distance (kms) Driving time
Flight time


234km 3hr drive 25min
Hamilton 108km
1hr drive

Whakapapa Ski Field

177km 2.5hr drive
Tauranga 86km
<1hr drive


80km <1hr drive
Napier 223km 3hr drive
25min flight
Wellington 460km 6hr
1hr direct flight


1330km   2hr direct flight

For flight information see Rotorua Airport

For inter-city bus timetables see: InterCity