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There are 6 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves by bus, train, car, towncar or shuttle

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Bus InterCity Coachlines  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central Hamilton - Central - Whangarei / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township Auckland - Central - Palmerston North

$20 - $47

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Bus GreatSights  •  4h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Stop B International Terminal to 237 Queen St Sky
  2. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves Auckland - Central - Rotorua / ...

$28 - $36

Train  •  5h 36m

  1. Take the train from Papakura to Otorohanga Northern Explorer

$77 - $105

Drive  •  2h 28m

  1. Drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves 118.1 miles

$25 - $40

Towncar  •  2h 28m

  1. Take a town car from Auckland Airport to Waitomo Caves 118.1 miles

$290 - $410

Shuttle  •  2h 28m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Auckland Airport to Waitomo Caves

$220 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 2h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves is to towncar which costs $450 - $650 and takes 2h 28m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves. However, there are services departing from Auckland International Airport and arriving at Waitomo Township via Hamilton - Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 55m.

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The distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) and Waitomo Caves is 143 km. The road distance is 189 km.

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The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves without a car is to bus which takes 3h 55m and costs $29 - $75.

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It takes approximately 3h 55m to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves, including transfers.

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Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Auckland International Airport station.

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The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves is to bus which takes 3h 55m and costs $29 - $75. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $110 - $160 and takes 5h 36m.

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Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Waitomo Township station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves is 189 km. It takes approximately 2h 28m to drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves.

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Map of how to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves.
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  • Distance: 89.4 miles
  • Duration: 3h 55m

What companies run services between Auckland Airport (AKL), New Zealand and Waitomo Caves, New Zealand?

You can take a bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves via Hamilton - Central in around 3h 55m. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Caves 3 times a week. Tickets cost $55 - $70 and the journey takes 2h 14m.

Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Papakura to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Website
InterCity Coachlines
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Website
InterCity Coachlines
SkyBus
Phone
+64 800 759 287
Email
info@skybus.co.nz
Website
skybus.co.nz
Bus from Stop B International Terminal to 237 Queen St
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$12
Website
SkyBus
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$16 - $24
Flexi
$40 - $60
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Auckland Airport to Waitomo Caves
Estimated price
$290 - $410
Shuttle from Auckland Airport to Waitomo Caves
Estimated price
$220 - $310

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