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Driving Route : Auckland - Taupo - Wellington

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Day 2: Rotorua to Taupo

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

  Travel time Km (Miles)
Rotorua - Taupo 1 hr 81 51
Totals for Day 1 hr 81 51

Rotorua - Taupo

81 km (51 miles)
Approximately 1 hour
Road Conditions: State Highway

Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so volcanic activity is part of the city's past and present. Explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Māori people. Rotorua is entertaining in any weather, at any time of the year.

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. You'll find everything a traveller could wish for, including an excellent choice of restaurants. Most accommodation establishments make good use of the underground thermal activity to provide hot spas for relaxation.

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Rotorua:
Accommodation, Attractions and Activities, Tours, Transport, Visitor Information

Taupo:
Accommodation, Attractions and Activities, Tours, Transport, Visitor Information

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Hawkdun Rise

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Mainstay New Zealand Hotels

Mainstay NZ Hotels

Large collection of independent hotels.

Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels

Holiday packages for any occasion.

Hawkdun Rise

Hawkdun Rise

Boutique vineyard-stay near the town of Alexandra.