Getting to Great Lake Taupo

Great Lake Taupo is located in the Central Plateau, the heart of New Zealand's North Island. It is easy to get to  from the main city centres by car, bus or airplane.

By road

Great Lake Taupo is an easy drive from all of the main centres in the North Island of New Zealand. Pack up the kids, the ski gear, the bikes, the golf clubs and the kitchen sink and enjoy the drive to Winter's Ultimate Playground.

Auckland - Taupo: 3.5hrs
Wellington - Taupo: 4.5hrs
Rotorua - Taupo: 1hr
Hamilton - Taupo: 2hr
Napier - Taupo: 2hr
New Plymouth - Taupo: 3.5hr
Palmerston North - Taupo: 3.5hrs

From Taupo and Turangi town centres it is an easy drive to the Mt Ruapehu Ski Areas. Don't fancy the drive? You can always hop on a shuttle bus.

Taupo - Mt Ruapehu: 1hr 15mins
Turangi - Mt Ruapehu: 40mins

By bus

Great Lake Taupo is well serviced by buses. Smack bang in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, there are plenty of public transport options.

Intercity Bus -
Naked Bus -
Mana Bus -

By air

Great Lake Taupo is so easy to get to by air. Make your way to the airport after work and you could be enjoying a wine while watching the sunset over Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, in an hour.


Wellington to Taupo: 1hr

Sounds Air operate five daily flights from Wellington to Taupo. Book your flights here.


Auckland to Taupo: 50mins

Air New Zealand operate two daily flights from Auckland to Taupo during the winter. Book your flights here.