InterCity provides regular bus service for the entire region. Comfortable, reasonably priced, and efficient, it's particularly useful to backpackers and people who are in no particular hurry. The Napier-to-Auckland trip takes 8 hours, Napier–Rotorua is 3½ hours, Napier–Taupo is 2¼ hours, and Napier–Wellington is 6 hours. Frequent local services go between Napier and Hastings. There's also a daily bus to Gisborne from either Auckland, via Rotorua, or from Wellington, via Napier.
Nakedbus runs an alternative, low-cost operation that serves some 300 cities and towns around New Zealand.
Inter-City. Rotorua, Bay of Plenty. 09/913–6100; www.intercitycoach.co.nz.
Nakedbus. 09/979–1616 ; nakedbus.com.