How to drive from Rotorua to Taupo

The drive from Rotorua to Taupo will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography. You’ll also drive through large tracts of plantation pine forest and towards the end of your journey, you’ll encounter the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station.

Rotorua to Taupo
 81 km (51 miles)
Approximately 1 hour
Road Conditions: State Highway 5 – State Highway 1

Breathe the aroma of Rotorua’s sulphur-rich air and that means you have had an introduction to the most dynamic geothermal area of New Zealand. It is a city located on the shores of Lake Rotoura in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand’s North Island. It is an other-worldly destination located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, known for its volcanic activities. It is an adventure playground with unique attractions like geothermal springs, hot mud pools and geysers especially the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa.

Immersed in Maori history, Rotorua boasts of 16 picturesque lakes and 3 major rivers which make it an aquatic heaven. Here you can enjoy several water sports like fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming, and water-skiing. Catch glimpses of wild trout in their natural habitat, witness colourful birds, take a thrilling gondola ride up to Mt. Ngongotaha, get familiar with Maori culture and watch their traditional cultural performances and much more. There is so much to experience and enjoy in Rotorua for every kind of traveller.

The road to Taupo will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography. You’ll also drive through large tracts of plantation pine forest.

Take a side road to a geothermal park, where you’ll discover geysers, silica terraces and craters of boiling mud.

Towards the end of your journey, you’ll encounter the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Other diversions include Huka Falls and a world-acclaimed golf course.

The resort town of Taupo sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake, which is well stocked with sizeable trout. Lake Taupo with its crystal clear blue water brings visitors to its shores for the adventurer looking for a thrilling quest.

If you’re looking for quiet time try there are relaxing thermal pools and spas, quiet meandering walking trails, trout fishing, golfing, boutique shopping, cafes and award winning restaurants. Lake Taupo is a water lover’s paradise.