There are 8 ways to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Wellington to Otorohanga Northern Explorer

$122 - $163

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Bus via Palmerston North  •  9 h 56 min

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

$29 - $73

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Bus  •  9 h 21 min

  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

Drive  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 288.1 miles

$60 - $90

Fly to Hamilton, bus  •  4 h 36 min

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

$87 - $299

Fly to Rotorua, bus  •  6 h 17 min

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

$68 - $492

Fly to New Plymouth, bus  •  6 h 37 min

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

$114 - $431

Fly to Auckland, bus  •  7 h 30 min

  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

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The cheapest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to bus which costs $40 - $110 and takes 9 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is to fly and bus which costs $130 - $450 and takes 4 h 36 min.

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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 9 h 21 min.

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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 9 h 6 min and costs $180 - $250.

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It takes approximately 9 h 6 min 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 9 h 6 min and costs $180 - $250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $120 and takes 9 h 21 min.

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

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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: 9 h 6 min

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 once daily. Tickets cost $110 - $150 and the journey takes 7 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves via Whanganui / Wanganui and Waitomo Township in around 9 h 21 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
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
InterCity Coachlines
Website
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Wellington - Central to Palmerston North
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Palmerston North to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Ohaupo to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Waitara to Eight Mile Junction
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $27
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton - Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Hamilton - Central to Waitomo Township
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz

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Yes, the driving distance between Wellington to Waitomo Glowworm Caves is 461 km. It takes approximately 5 h 33 min 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 31+ hotels available in Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Wellington to Wellington Airport is to line 91 bus which takes 19 min and costs $2.

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