2017 Travel

There are many ways to move around and explore our region.   Please note when crossing roads, in New Zealand vehicles drive on the left side of the road.  #nzmustdo  #bayofplenty  @purenewzealand

Tauranga is located 200km from Auckland International Airport (the main centre for international flight arrivals).  The driving time from Auckland to Tauranga is approximately 2hr45min.  Airport shuttle services, bus services or rental cars are available from Auckland Airport to Tauranga. Air New Zealand flies daily direct from Auckland to Tauranga (a 25min flight).  Tauranga Airport is located on Jean Batten Drive about 10 minutes from Tauranga city centre.

Helpful Information:
A quick guide to New Zealand's airports
Which airlines fly to New Zealand

Note a full bus timetable will be available for athletes providing regular transport between venues.

Public buses in Tauranga are called Bay Hoppers.  Buses run seven days a week and on all public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday. This is a great way to travel around the city, suburbs or between towns. Routes include all major shopping, dining and tourist destinations. For more information about the regional bus services and timetables visit www.baybus.co.nz or phone 0800 4 BAYBUS.

You can easily catch a taxi (cab) in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Te Puke. Check with your driver before you begin whether they have credit card facilities available or cash only. You are not expected to tip a taxi driver in New Zealand.  Taxis can be found parked around town but it’s often easier to just book online or phone to order one.   Browse Taxi & Shuttle Services.  

A rental car or motorhome is a great way to explore New Zealand as you'll have complete flexibility and control over where you want to go.  You can hire modern and reliable vehicles at the Tauranga airport plus other locations around Tauranga's City.  Or pick one up at Auckland International Airport when you arrive from overseas.  A full driver's licence from your home country or an international driving permit is required for car rentals in New Zealand. The minimum legal age to rent a car is 21 years.  Find Rental Vehicles

An organised tour is a great way to see all the sights. You can relax and fully enjoy the experience without the hassle of worrying about driving on unfamiliar roads. A full range of tours and their pick up/drop off points can be found at the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at 95 Willow St in downtown Tauranga or phone +64 7 578 8103.