There are 5 ways to get from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves by bus, train or car

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  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves Auckland - Central - Rotorua / ...

$13 - $35

4 alternative options

Bus via Waitomo Township  •  3 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Township Auckland - Central - Palmerston North / ...

$13 - $35

Train  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Auckland Strand to Otorohanga Northern Explorer

$76 - $96

Bus via Hamilton - Central  •  4 h 26 min

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

$20 - $51

Drive  •  2 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 123.8 miles

$26 - $40

What companies run services between Auckland, New Zealand and Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand?

InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves twice daily. Tickets cost $13 - $35 and the journey takes 2 h 40 min. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $80 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min.

Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
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 Auckland - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
InterCity Link
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Auckland and Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 160 km. The road distance is 198 km.

The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 2 h 29 min.

The quickest way to get from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to drive which takes 2 h 29 min and costs $35 - $60.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Auckland - Central and arriving at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

The bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves takes 2 h 40 min including transfers and departs twice daily.