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

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Bus  •  2h 40m

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

$16 - $24

Cheapest option

Bus via Waitomo Township  •  3h 35m

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

$12 - $35

3 alternative options

Bus InterCity Coachlines  •  4h 6m

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

$20 - $48

Train  •  4h 30m

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

$71 - $91

Drive  •  2h 29m

  1. Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 123.8 miles

$26 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to bus which costs $25 - $40 and takes 2h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 2h 29m.

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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 2h 40m.

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The distance between Auckland and Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 160 km. The road distance is 198.1 km.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves without a car is to bus which takes 2h 40m and costs $25 - $40.

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

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Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves bus services, operated by GreatSights, depart from Auckland - Central station.

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The best way to get from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to bus which takes 2h 40m and costs $25 - $40. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $100 - $140 and takes 4h 30m.

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Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves bus services, operated by GreatSights, arrive at Waitomo Glowworm Caves station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 198 km. It takes approximately 2h 29m to drive from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

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  • Distance: 99.9 miles
  • Duration: 2h 40m

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

GreatSights operates a bus from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves twice daily. Tickets cost $16 - $24 and the journey takes 2h 40m. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 3 times a week. Tickets cost $60 - $75 and the journey takes 3h 9m.

Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Auckland Strand to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Standard
$16 - $24
Flexi
$40 - $60
Bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Standard
$16 - $24
Flexi
$40 - $60
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Standard
$10 - $16
Flexi
$26 - $40
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland - Central to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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