By Plane -- Air New Zealand (tel. 0800/767-767 in NZ), operates daily flights from Tauranga and Whakatane to Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The airport is located in Mount Maunganui, 5km (about 3 miles) from Tauranga city.

By Coach (Bus) -- InterCity (tel. 09/623-1503) and Newmans (tel. 09/623-1504) both operate daily services between Tauranga and Auckland, Napier, Rotorua, Taupo, Thames, and Wellington. The Magic Travellers (tel. 09/358-5600) buses also stop in Tauranga en route to Rotorua.

By Car -- Drive south from Auckland on State Highway 1, then go east on State Highway 2; the trip takes around 3 hours. From the Coromandel Peninsula, take Highway 25 or 26 to Waihi and pick up Highway 2; this route takes about 1 1/2 hours. If you're coming from Hamilton, the trip takes 1 1/2 hours, and from Rotorua, around 1 hour.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.