Rotorua is well connected to the rest of New Zealand through a network of air and road links (such as buses and shuttles) that run frequently and connect to almost all major North Island cities.
There are daily direct flights connecting Rotorua with Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown (via Christchurch). Visit http://www.rotorua-airport.co.nz/flight-info/airlines/ for more information. Rotorua Airport is only 10 minutes from the city centre. Baybus transports visitors from Rotorua Airport to central Rotorua for $2.70 one way.
InterCity (https://www.intercity.co.nz/) has daily services connecting Rotorua with Auckland, Wellington and other North Island centres, including Tauranga, Hamilton, Taupo, Whakatane, Gisborne, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Napier, Hastings and Wanganui.
Rotorua is a leisurely 3 hour drive from Auckland, the closest international airport.