Getting to (and around) Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is located on the East Coast of the North Island. There are a number of ways to get here – read below for details.

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Getting to Hawke’s Bay By Car

From Auckland: A non-stop drive would take about 5 hours, but it’s better to allow for 6-7 including rest stops and food breaks. The trip is a little over 400 kms, and takes you down State Highway 1, through Rotorua and Taupo, and then east along the Thermal Explorer Highway.

From Rotorua: Along SH5, through Taupo, then east along the Thermal Explorer Highway. Around 225 km,  budget 3 hours.

From Taupo: Straight East along the Thermal Explorer Highway. 150 km, budget 2 hours.

From Palmerston North: SH2 and SH50, or straight down SH50. A little under 200 km, allow around 2 1/2 hours.

From Wellington: 350 km up State Highway 1 and 2. Allow around 5 hours.


Getting to Hawke’s Bay By Plane

Colonial Lodge Motel is located around 10 km from the Napier Airport. Serviced by Air New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch), Jetstar (Auckland), and Sounds Air (Blenheim). You can find daily flight information and links to all the companies that service Napier airport here.


Getting to Hawke’s Bay By Bus

New Zealand has two main bus companies which service Napier & Hastings.

Intercity are the big one – they have been around for a long time and had the market covered for quite some time. They have connections from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Palmerston North, Wellington and more. Find Intercity Buses here.

Nakedbus came on to the scene and offered great deals from the start. Depending on how early you book you can get seats for $1! They also have services from many towns and cities around the North Island. Find out more on the Nakedbus site here.


Wondering How to Get Around Now You’re Here?

We’ve got you covered! Click here for how to get around the many Hawke’s Bay attractions. We hope this helps you get started planning your trip to Hawke’s Bay. We’d love to host you at our Taradale motel during your stay. You can take a look at our rooms and our facilities, or book now for best rates.