Situated at the crossroads of the North Island, Taupo is easily accessible from both Auckland in the north and Wellington in the south so if you are arriving in New Zealand by air there are regular coach connections between the two cities and Taupo. It will take you about three and a half hours to get there from Auckland while the journey from Wellington is about four and a half hours. There are numerous companies operating services which connect all three locations the most popular of which are InterCity, Newmans and Alpine Scenic Tours. All three will leave you at the Taupo Travel centre which is located at 16 Gascoigne Street. For those of you who are not on an extremely budget there are also connecting flights between Taupo Airport and both Auckland and Wellington as well as with the South Island. Finally, there are daily connections with all the major centres on the North Island including Turangi, Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay and the Bay of Plenty.
While there isn’t really a specific public transport system within Taupo, the town itself is extremely easy to get around on foot thanks to the fact that it’s so small in size. For the extremely lazy among you, however, there are two main taxi companies: Taupo Taxis (378 5100) and Top Cabs (378 9250). Those of you wishing to travel to the surrounding area can avail of the many shuttle services and tours in operation but ensure that you shop around before deciding on a particular service as prices vary significantly from place to place. If you’re not sure, ask in your hostel as they can usually recommend a good tour or company to use.