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

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Fly to Hamilton, taxi  •  3h 36m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Hamilton (HLZ) WLG - HLZ
  2. Take a taxi from Hamilton to Waitomo Glowworm Caves

$465 - $761

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Bus  •  9h 21m

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

$59 - $84

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Fly to Tauranga, drive  •  4h 35m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Tauranga (TRG) WLG - TRG
  2. Drive from Tauranga to Waitomo Glowworm Caves

$165 - $441

Train  •  9h 10m

  1. Take the train from Wellington to Otorohanga Northern Explorer

$187 - $216

Drive  •  5h 33m

  1. Drive from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 461.1 km

$95 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to bus which costs $55 - $85 and takes 9h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to fly and taxi which costs $460 - $800 and takes 3h 36m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. However, there are services departing from Wellington - Central and arriving at Waitomo Township via Whanganui / Wanganui. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 21m.

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The distance between Wellington and Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 338 km. The road distance is 461.1 km.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves without a car is to train which takes 9h 10m and costs $180 - $220.

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It takes approximately 3h 36m to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves, including transfers.

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Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, depart from Wellington - Central station.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to train which takes 9h 10m and costs $180 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $55 - $85 and takes 9h 21m.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Hamilton Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves bus services, operated by InterCity Coachlines, arrive at Waitomo Township station.

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Map of how to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
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  • Distance: 337.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 36m

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

KiwiRail operates a train from Wellington to Otorohanga 3 times a week. Tickets cost $170 - $200 and the journey takes 7h 49m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves via Whanganui / Wanganui and Waitomo Township in around 9h 21m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Wellington to Hamilton via Palmerston
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Wellington to Tauranga
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Flights from Wellington to Tauranga via Auckland
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Train operators
KiwiRail
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$170 - $200
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Whanganui / Wanganui
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
InterCity Coachlines
Bus from Whanganui / Wanganui to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
InterCity Coachlines
Other operators
Taxi from Hamilton to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
52 min
Estimated price
$350 - $430
MFT Cambridge Taxis
Phone
+64 7 282 1405
Cambridge Taxis
Phone
+64 7 827 5999
Website
cambridgetaxi.wixsite.com
Red Cabs Hamilton Ltd
Phone
+64 07 839 3939
Website
redcabshamilton.co.nz
Dial A Cab Hamilton
Phone
+64 7847 5050
Hamilton Taxis
Phone
+64 800 477 477
Website
hamiltontaxis.co.nz
MFT Te Awamutu Taxis
Phone
+64 7 282 1405

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Yes, the driving distance between Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 461 km. It takes approximately 5h 33m to drive from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

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Air New Zealand offers flights from Wellington Airport to Hamilton Airport.

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There are 32+ hotels available in Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to bus which takes 29 min and costs $15 - $21.

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