There are 5 ways to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves by bus, train, car or shuttle

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus via Hamilton - Central  •  4 h 6 min

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

$20 - $48

Cheapest option

Shuttle  •  2 h 23 min

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

$10 - $75

3 alternative options

Bus  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Stop B International Terminal to 21 Wellesley St Sky
  2. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves Auckland - Central - Rotorua / ...

$25 - $47

Bus, line 66 bus, train  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Stop B International Terminal to Mt Eden Rd Near Three Kings Plaza Sky
  2. Take the line 66 bus from Opp 535 Mt Albert Rd to Great South Rd Opp Penrose Station 66
  3. Take the train from Penrose Train Station to Papakura Train Station Sth
  4. Take the train from Papakura to Otorohanga
  5. Take the bus from Otorohanga to Waitomo Township

Drive  •  2 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 117 miles

$25 - $40

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to shuttle which costs $16 - $110 and takes 2 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 2 h 23 min.

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The distance between Auckland Airport (AKL) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 142 km. The road distance is 187.2 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 6 min to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. However, there are services departing from Auckland International Airport and arriving at Waitomo Township via Hamilton - Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 6 min.

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

You can take a bus from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves via Hamilton - Central and Waitomo Township in around 4 h 6 min.

Train operators
AT Metro
Website
aucklandtransport.govt.nz
Train from Penrose Train Station to Papakura Train Station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
aucklandtransport.govt.nz
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Papakura to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Otorohanga to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
SkyBus
Phone
+64 800 759 287
Email
info@skybus.co.nz
Website
skybus.co.nz
Bus from Stop B International Terminal to 21 Wellesley St
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
skybus.co.nz
Bus from Stop B International Terminal to Mt Eden Rd Near Three Kings Plaza
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
skybus.co.nz
Pavlovich Transport Solutions
Website
aucklandtransport.govt.nz
Bus from Opp 535 Mt Albert Rd to Great South Rd Opp Penrose Station
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Schedules at
aucklandtransport.govt.nz
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
On demand
Shuttle from Auckland Airport to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Estimated price
$10 - $75

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