Travel to Taupo

Drive to Taupo

Travel to Great Lake Taupo is easy – Taupo is an easy one hour drive from Rotorua, three and a half hours drive from Auckland and four hours from Wellington. It is centrally located in the middle of the North Island and is also within two hours drive from the Waitomo Caves, the Hawkes Bay wine region and Mount Ruapehu.

Route Map INTO Taupo

PLEASE NOTE:  When arriving into Taupo from the North there is no right turn into Redoubt St from the south bound lane on Friday. Redoubt St is closed 5.30am-10am on Saturday 26th Nov.


Interislander is proud to be a supporting partner of Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. The Interislander is far more than the New Zealand ferry service which bridges the North and South Island.

We are offering some great rates for participants coming up from the South Island to the event. Or if you fancy taking a few days after the event to tour this wonderful country then these rates apply also:

Check out the special deal for 2016

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Fly to Taupo

Most major international airlines fly direct into Auckland and Wellington, both of which are within 4 hours drive of Taupo. There are also daily connecting flights between Auckland/Wellington and Taupo.

See Bike Transport for more info on flights, shuttles and getting your bike to the event.

Travel Packages

Ride Holidays

Ride Holidays Travel Packages

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and the Central Plateau.
Our custom designed New Zealand bike tour provides the perfect opportunity to combine New Zealand largest cycling event – the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, along with other must do cycle rides this spectacular region has to offer. A truly amazing cycle tour and holiday that will be hard to forget.  Hassle free, enjoyment full; RIDE Holidays will look after you from Auckland airport and back.  What’s more, our cycle tour provides a truly unique NZ holiday experience tailored for fellow cycling enthusiasts. You will even get the chance to spend some quality time with Robbie McEwen who is joining us for a spot of fishing as well as a BBQ. Be assured, we keep our tour group small, so that we offer a truly memorable experience.  So, join us and your fellow cycling enthusiasts, book that plane ticket and start training!

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