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There are 7 ways to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves by train, bus, car or plane

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

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Train  •  9h 10m

  1. Take the train from Wellington to Otorohanga Northern Explorer

$120 - $161

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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

$29 - $74

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Drive  •  5h 33m

  1. Drive from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 288.1 miles

$60 - $90

Fly to Hamilton, bus  •  4h 38m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Hamilton (HLZ) WLG - HLZ
  2. Take the bus from Ohaupo to Waitomo Township

$85 - $298

Fly to Rotorua, bus  •  6h 57m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Rotorua (ROT) WLG - ROT
  2. Take the bus from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves

$69 - $496

Fly to New Plymouth, bus  •  6h 39m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to New Plymouth (NPL) WLG - NPL
  2. Take the bus from Waitara to Eight Mile Junction

$123 - $442

Fly to Auckland, bus  •  7h 27m

  1. Fly from Wellington (WLG) to Auckland (AKL) WLG - AKL
  2. Take the bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central
  3. Take the bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township

$48 - $168

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to bus which costs $40 - $120 and takes 9h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to fly and bus which costs $130 - $460 and takes 4h 38m.

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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 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 - $250.

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It takes approximately 9h 10m 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 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $120 and takes 9h 21m.

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The quickest flight from Wellington Airport to Hamilton Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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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: 211 miles
  • Duration: 9h 10m

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

KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 3 times a week. Tickets cost $110 - $150 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 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Flights from Wellington to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $460
Flights from Wellington to Rotorua via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $460
Flights from Wellington to New Plymouth
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Wellington to Auckland
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Auckland
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $150
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
$13 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Whanganui / Wanganui to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Ohaupo to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $21
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Waitara to Eight Mile Junction
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $25
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
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Standard
$12 - $18
Flexi
$30 - $45

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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 33+ hotels available in Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 21m and costs $2.

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