Taupo is centrally located in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand, about 3 ½ hours’ drive from Auckland and 4 ½ hours’ drive from Wellington.
Taupo is within a two-hour drive of Waitomo Caves to the west, Hamilton to the north, Tauranga to the east and Ruapehu to the south.
Driving to Taupo
Taupo is an easy drive from all of the main centres in the North Island of New Zealand. Taupo is situated at the crossroads of State Highway One (SH1) and the Thermal Explorer Highway, the country's main highway for road travel, connecting Auckland to Wellington.
|Auckland - Taupo||3.5 hours|
|Hamilton - Taupo||2 hours|
|Napier - Taupo||2 hours|
|New Plymouth - Taupo||3.5 hours|
|Palmerston North - Taupo||3.5 hours|
|Rotorua - Taupo||1 hour|
|Wellington - Taupo||4.5 hours|