Getting to Rata Maire is an easy direct flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco on Air New Zealand. Several other airlines offer multiple daily flights into Auckland including Qantas Airways, Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines.
Then there are shuttle flights from Auckland to Taupo where you can be picked up.
When entering New Zealand, be aware that any fresh fruits, vegetables or meat will be confiscated. Also, a ban of foreign soil is in effect, so please make sure your footwear is clean before entering the country.
A great number of guests rent a car in Auckland, drive around the parking lot a few times to get used to sitting in the right side of the car and driving on the left-hand side of the road.