Travel to Waitomo

Getting to Waitomo

DISCOVER YOUR OWN WAY TO GO

The Waitomo Trail Run will be taking place on Saturday 29th April with a large number of visitors descending on our region. There will no disruptions to tours, but please aware of increased journey times to and from the caves. We wish all participants good luck and safe travels.

Getting to WaitomoWaitomo is situated within easy reach of the North Island of New Zealand's main centres.

Hamilton, the heart of New Zealand's dairy farming industry, is the nearest major city lying just 1 hours drive away. New Zealand's largest city Auckland is around 2½ hours (200km) driving distance and the holiday playgrounds of Taupo, Rotorua and Mount Ruapehu are a mere 2 hours from Waitomo.

Depending upon your personal circumstances and preferences, you can choose to travel by private car, self-drive hire car, motorhome or coach.

To read more about travelling to Waitomo, click on the links below.

TAKING A BUS TOUR TO WAITOMO

SIT BACK, RELAX, AND DISCOVER WAITOMO IN LUXURY

GreatSights New Zealand and Gray Line New Zealand are both premier bus operators for sightseeing and touring, not only to Waitomo but throughout New Zealand.

Their luxury sightseeing bus tours to Waitomo Glowworm Caves depart from both Rotorua and New Zealand's gateway city, Auckland.

For information about times, pickup location and tour durations please select a specific tour on the Auckland or Rotorua departures pages

GreatSights New Zealand and Gray Line New Zealand are both premier bus operators for sightseeing and touring, not only to Waitomo but throughout New Zealand.

Their luxury sightseeing bus tours to Waitomo Glowworm Caves depart from both Rotorua and New Zealand's gateway city, Auckland.

For information about times, pickup location and tour durations please select a specific tour on the Auckland or Rotorua​ departures pages

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Great Sights New Zealand

GREATSIGHTS NEW ZEALAND SIGHTSEEING TOURS OFFER

  • Experienced driver/guides providing full commentary.​
  • All prices include admissions to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
  • Daily departing sightseeing tours throughout New Zealand.
  • A modern fleet of luxury coaches specifically designed for sightseeing and touring around New Zealand.
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off service from specific inner city hotels.
  • GPS operated multi-lingual commentary provided (Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish).
  • Qualmark endorsed visitor transport.
  • Online instant bookings.

Travel in comfort and share your New Zealand experience with other like-minded people.

GreatSights New Zealand offers a variety of day or overnight Waitomo sightseeing bus tours departing Auckland or Rotorua, select your depature city.




Gray Line New Zealand

GRAY LINE NEW ZEALAND SIGHTSEEING TOURS OFFER

  • Gray Line coach tours are a comfortable and safe way to see some of New Zealand’s best tourist destinations including Waitomo.
  • All prices include admissions to Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
  • The combination of attraction packed tour itineraries, luxury coaches and fantastic drivers and hosts ensure you really experience New Zealand to its fullest.
  • If you're looking for a way to get to Waitomo (or just about any where else in New Zealand for that matter) – we can take you there.
  • Premium coaches ensure your comfort is a top priority and our experienced drivers will provide entertainment and commentary along the way.
  • Waitomo, Rotorua day tour from Auckland includes a unique airline style onboard snack and light lunch served by their Passenger Service Host.
  • Daily departing sightseeing tours throughout New Zealand.
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up service.
  • Multi-lingual commentary provided (Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin).
  • Online instant bookings.
  • Qualmark endorsed visitor activity.

 

Gray Line tours give you amazing experiences of New Zealand, from the comfort and safety of our premium coaches.

BOOK A GRAY LINE WAITOMO BUS TOUR

 
 

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Campervan travelA journey by motorhome allows you to take the opportunity to explore Waitomo and the surrounding regions at your own pace.

We offer motorhome options to suit you and your budget. Book directly and instantly online with three of New Zealand's leading Motorhome operators and be sure you are getting the best deal.

NOTHING SURPASSES MAUI ON THE ROAD​

MauiWith Maui's unbeatable service, complimentary travel packs and nationwide branch networks, you can be assured of complete peace of mind when travelling in a Maui Motorhome.

By day, you enjoy vehicles that are comfortable and easy to drive.

By night, they convert easily to accommodation to give you a good nights sleep before you embark on your next days adventure.

Whether you're a couple, family or a group of friends, we have the vehicle to suit your needs. Visit the Maui Motorhomes website to find out more about the range.

 

BRITZ - NO BOUNDARIES

Britz Campervans

Britz offer a full range of modern, easy to drive Campervans with a level of options and services to make every adventure complete, including:

  • Free airport transfers.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.
  • 24 hour on road assistance.
  • One-way rentals available.
  • Access to multi-lingual staff.
  • Branches in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown.

PLUS with Britz, if you book early you save!

Visit the Britz Campervans website to find out more about the range from the 2 berth HiTop up to the 6 berth Frontier and everything in between.

MIGHTY CAMPERS - SEE MIGHTY SIDE OF LIFE

Backpacker Campervans

Travelling in a Mighty Camper allows you to have your kind of holiday. There's no need for set itineraries or timetables, travel at your own pace.

Experience the land, culture and people of New Zealand without blowing your budget.

Mighty Campers offer a range of 2-4 berth Campervans to suit your needs available from three locations nationwide: Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Visit the Mighty Camper website to find out more about their range of budget priced campers.

For the best backpacker experience on offer, Kiwi Experience is the leading hop-on hop-off bus in New Zealand. Allow their world famous Driver Guides to not only transport you to Waitomo, but fill you with commentary, insights and helpful advice along the way.

Legends of the road since 1989, Kiwi Experience's reputation, passenger numbers, awards, and word of mouth speaks for itself. As New Zealand's largest, leading, and legendary bus experience they'd love you to continue the story and experience Waitomo with them - the way it should be seen.

Kiwi Experience

FLEXIBLE PASS OPTIONS TO SUIT YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS

Whether you have limited time or all the time in the world, you can design your trip from over 30 Kiwi Experience passes and stay in each place as long as you like.

Kiwi Experience bus tours go to the very best parts of NZ, including Waitomo and many unique places the average New Zealand backpacker tours don't go. Go to Kiwi Experience website to work out which pass, or passes, fit best with your budget and timeframe, and ensures you make the most of every New Zealand day you've got!

 

GEYSERLAND & LAKE PASS

After the beaches of the Coromandel, and geothermal attractions and Maori culture of Rotorua you'll be taken onto Waitomo and Taupo. Waitomo is famous for its labyrinth of underground caves. Explore them with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., or one of many nature walks. Taupo is one of New Zealand's tourism mecca's, famous for the huge lake, Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings (Mt Ngaruhoe), and tandem skydiving. A great bus pass to see the North Island when you have a limited time.

​Book a Geyserland & Lake Pass online.

 

WAITOMO WANDERER PASS

Waitomo is consistently rated in New Zealand's top 10 must see places, and The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. there as one of the top 10 activities. As a result many of Kiwi Experience passes already include this sector. Departing from Rotorua there'll be plenty to see before you even get there. Once in Waitomo you'll have the option of experiencing The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., seeing the caves from a walk, rabbit shearing (strange but true!) and a whole lot more.

Book a Waitomo Wanderer Pass online.

 

Northern Round Up

The Northern Round-Up takes you through the core of New Zealand’s North Island. You'll go to the amazing beaches in the Coromandel, geysers of Rotorua, the Central Volcanic Plateau (home of Mt. Doom) and the lush farmland of the Horowhenua. Mix this with some amazing activites like black water rafting, marae visit, skydiving, and the exclusive overnight stop of River Valley, and you're in for one amazing trip​

Book a Northern Round Up online.