If flying internationally, you are best to fly into Auckland International airport. Leave plenty of time to connect to domestic flights as the domestic airport is approximately a 30 minute walk from the International airport.
Auckland Airport is approximately 261 kms from the site, and takes approximately 3 and a half hours to drive to site.
The closest airport to the site and hotels is Taupo airport. Please be aware that if you fly into this small airport, some flights can be cancelled at late notice. It is recommended that you fly into Rotorua Airport and rent a car, however this airport is approximately an hour away from the site.
Taupo Airport is approximately 18 kms from the site. Anzac Memorial Drive, Wharewaka, Taupo
Rotorua international Airport is approximately 81 kms from the site. 837 Te Ngae Road, Rotorua
Major rental car agencies are available at all airports. It is strongly suggested that you make your reservation in advance. There is a lot bigger selection of rental cars to choose from in Auckland. Rotorua and Taupo have a limited selection and are major car agencies so tend to be more premium vehicles for a premium price.
I would only recommend using a Taxi if you are planning on staying on site at the National Equestrian Centre, as it will add up quickly if having to commute daily in and out of town.
Taupo has limited Uber drivers.
The local Taxi companies are:
Great Lake Taxi Service – 07 3778990
Taupo Taxis – 07 3785100
Click here for Google Maps directions to the venue.
Equinology, Inc. and associates are not responsible for reservations, conditions or rate changes of the following lodging. These are listed here for your convenience and not as a recommendation of this company. Please let us know if any should be removed from this list. You should always request an extended stay rate when making your arrangements.
If sharing with another, try www.airbnb.co.nz or www.bookabach.co.nz for short term rental houses at good prices. They also have rooms in private houses too. For long term rental; message the owners for an extended stay rate before booking.
LODGING ON SITE:
There are basic cabins on site at NEC. They have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. There are also powered and unpowered camping sites available. Please contact and book via the NEC website www.ninec.co.nz It is recommended booking as soon as possible as cabins are limited.
Wairakei Resort – approximately 8 kms away from site, however it is also approximately 8kms into Taupo. There is a large BP service Station across the road.
640 Wairakei Drive, Taupo
PH: 07 3749004
Standard rates, subject to seasonal change $160 per night
The Cove – approximately 16 kms from site, on the lake.
213 Lake Terrace, Taupo
PH: 0508 8432 683
Standard rates, subject to seasonal change $134 per night
Taupo De Bretts Spa Resort – approximately 15kms from site
76 Napier- Taupo Highway, Taupo
PH: 07 3788559
Standard rates, subject to seasonal change $118 per night, there are also camp sites and cabins available. See the website for further details.
Lake Taupo Holiday Resort – approximately 9 kms from site
41 Centennial Drive, Taupo
PH: 07 3786860
Standard rates vary depending on accommodation option, they cater for camping, cabins and self contained cottages.
Taupo has numerous accommodation styles and they range from budget to very high end. Check out www.booking.com to see what is available.
Due to Covid 19 housing issues, I recommend asking the accommodation management if they are currently housing long term renters. If so, it is recommended that you avoid these.
MOTELS TO AVOID:
Please do not stay at these places; very noisy, poor upkeep and very bad hangouts:
Bradshaw’s Travel Lodge
130 Heu Heu Street, Taupo
Camellia Court Family Motel
50 Tonga Street, Taupo