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How Long to Drive from Wellington to Rotorua???

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I found the following website: http://www.tourism.net.nz/new-zealand/about-new-zealand/driving-routes/ that lists NZ driving times. It shows Wellington to Taupo as 3:34 and Wellington to Rotorua as 4:20.

In poking around some old posts on this forum others said that the drive from Wellington to Taupo would be at least 5 - 6 hours -- and another hour or more to Rotorua. If that's the case, I'll definitely fly.

How long does the drive really take?

Thanks!

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