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

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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 - $47

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Shuttle  •  2 h 23 min

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

$10 - $70

3 alternative options

Bus  •  4 h 23 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 / ...

$24 - $47

Train  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Papakura to Otorohanga Northern Explorer

$76 - $104

Drive  •  2 h 23 min

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

$25 - $40

Questions & Answers

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

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The best way to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 6 min and costs .

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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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Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm 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 Glowworm Caves is to bus which takes 4 h 6 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 5 h 34 min.

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Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm 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 Glowworm Caves is 187 km. It takes approximately 2 h 23 min to drive from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

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There are 30+ hotels available in Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
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  • Distance: 89.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 6 min

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. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Waitomo Glowworm Caves once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $70 and the journey takes 2 h.

Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Papakura to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $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 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $35
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
43 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
skybus.co.nz
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
On demand
Shuttle from Auckland Airport to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Estimated price
$10 - $70

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