I seem to recall, when I was traveling on an InterCity Bus coming from Rotorua to Auckland, that the bus stopped some where - perhaps Manukau City? and dropped off passengers who were directed to take another bus to AKL. This made a lot more sense than going all the way in to Auckland and back out the airport.
I am looking to do the reverse. Arrive at AKL and take an InterCity Bus to Rotorua. Is anyone familiar with the way to avoid CBD and catch an InterCity Bus some point along the route to get to Rotorua?