There are 8 ways to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves by bus, train, 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.

Recommended option

Bus  •  8 h 46 min

  1. N1 / ...
  2. Auckland - Central - Palmerston North

$30 - $75

Cheapest option

Bus via Whanganui / Wanganui  •  9 h 21 min

  1. Whanganui / Wanganui - Wellington Airport / ...
  2. Auckland - Central - Palmerston North

$30 - $75

6 alternative options

Train  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Northern Explorer

$127 - $169

Drive  •  5 h 33 min

  1. 288.1 miles

$60 - $90

Fly to Hamilton, bus  •  4 h 42 min

  1. WLG - HLZ

$87 - $300

Fly to Rotorua, bus  •  6 h 48 min

  1. WLG - ROT

$69 - $493

Fly to New Plymouth, bus  •  6 h 43 min

  1. WLG - NPL

$115 - $433

Fly to Auckland, bus  •  7 h 36 min

  1. WLG - AKL

$49 - $170

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

You can take a bus from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves via Bulls and Waitomo Township in around 8 h 46 min. Alternatively, KiwiRail Northern Explorer operates a train from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves once daily. Tickets cost $110 - $150 and the journey takes 7 h 45 min.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Wellington to Hamilton
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Flights from Wellington to Hamilton via Palmerston
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Flights from Wellington to Rotorua
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $460
Flights from Wellington to Rotorua via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $460
Flights from Wellington to New Plymouth
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Wellington to Auckland
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $280
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Wellington to Auckland
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Train operators
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Website
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Train from Wellington to Otorohanga
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Schedules at
kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Bus operators
ManaBus.com
Website
manabus.com
Bus from Wellington City to Bulls
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
manabus.com
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Bulls
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Bulls to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Whanganui / Wanganui
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Whanganui / Wanganui to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Ohaupo to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Waitara to Eight Mile Junction
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $26
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Wellington and Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 338 km. The road distance is 461 km.

The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to bus which costs $40 - $110 and takes 8 h 46 min.

The quickest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 42 min and costs $120 - $440.

No, there is no direct bus from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. However, there are services departing from Wellington City and arriving at Waitomo Township via Bulls. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 46 min.

It takes approximately 8 h 46 min to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves, including transfers.