Getting to the Coastal Bay of Plenty is easy. Tauranga is only 2.5-hours’ drive from Auckland Airport (and slightly under 2-hours if you’re stopping in at Waihī Beach or Katikati on the way to Tauranga - which you should because they’re beautiful places and the locals would love to see you!). There are also plenty of buses and transport businesses that come through the region each day if you’d prefer someone else to do the driving so you can enjoy the scenery.


Air New Zealand flies daily to Tauranga with direct flights to and from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The flight from Auckland is a quick 20-minutes (just enough time for a cuppa up in the air) and you will land at Tauranga Airport, right in the heart of the city (and certainly one of the prettiest destinations to fly into). 

If you’re flying from other regional towns, you can still fly into Tauranga, you’ll just have a connecting flight from one of the major cities.

If you would like to fly into the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Air Chathams offers daily flights between Whakatāne and Auckland.



The Coastal Bay of Plenty is a large region, so if you’re wanting to explore all of it, we’d recommend hiring a rental car or motorhome so you can make the most of your time here.


Baybus runs the regional bus network and buses are available seven days a week and on all public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday. This is a great way to travel around our biggest city, individual suburbs or between towns. Routes include all major shopping, dining and tourist destinations.

For more information about the regional bus services and timetables visit baybus.co.nz or phone 0800 4 BAYBUS.