Travel to Waitomo

Getting to Waitomo

DISCOVER YOUR OWN WAY TO GO

​​​Waitomo 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 hour 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. Check out the below table of driving distances.


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​DISTANCE

​DRIVING TIME

​Auckland to Waitomo​202 km | 125 mi​2.5 hours
​Hamilton to Waitomo​71 km | 44 mi​1 hour
​Matamata(Hobbiton) to Waitomo83 km​ | 52 mi​1.25 hour
​Rotorua(Te Puia) to Waitomo​147 km | 91 mi​2 hours

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

TAKING A BUS TOUR TO WAITOMO

SIT BACK, RELAX, AND DISCOVER WAITOMO BY BUS

Book a day tour to Waitomo and experience the magic of Waitomo Caves, learn about the rich Māori history and heritage of the region and discover the beauty of New Zealand’s iconic rural landscape.

GreatSights, Gray Line and InterCity offer daily sightseeing tours to New Zealand’s most visited attractions, including our world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

GreatSights and Gray Line’s premium range of sightseeing tours to Waitomo Caves depart from both Rotorua and New Zealand's gateway city, Auckland. InterCity provides a range of affordable day tours to Waitomo departing daily from Auckland.

InterCity provides affordable, quality transport to Waitomo and around New Zealand, on modern buses with free WiFi.  Fares start from just $1 (plus booking fee) on all services. Visit InterCity to make an online booking.

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​​

HIGHLIGHTS OF A GREATSIGHTS WAITOMO CAVES TOUR

  • Experienced drivers providing knowledgeable and entertaining commentary
  • All prices include entry fees to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Modern, luxury coaches with free on board WiFi
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off from selected hotels
  • GPS operated multi-lingual commentary provided (Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish)
  • Gold Qualmark endorsed
  • Range of daily sightseeing tours throughout New Zealand

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

GreatSights Waitomo Caves tours depart from Auckland or Rotorua, please select your departure city. 


Gray Line New Zealand

HIGHLIGHTS OF A GRA​Y LINE WAITOMO CAVES TOUR

  • Knowledgeable and friendly drivers providing entertaining commentary
  • All prices include entry fees to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Premium, luxury coaches with free on board WiFi
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off service
  • Multi-lingual commentary provided (Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin)
  • Daily sightseeing tours to New Zealand’s top attractions
  • Gold Qualmark endorsed​

Gray Line tours are a comfortable and safe way to see some of New Zealand’s best tourist destinations including Waitomo.

BOOK A GRAY LINE WAITOMO CAVES ​TOUR

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Great Sights New Zealand

HIGHLIGHTS OF AN INTERCITY​ WAITOMO CAVES TOUR

  • Return bus travel from Auckland
  • Entrance to Waitomo Caves and guided tour
  • Free WiFi on board bus
  • Affordable bus travel throughout New Zealand

Travel with New Zealand’s most popular passenger transport company, InterCity. Their range of great value day tours are a favourite amongst backpackers, locals and tourists alike.​


Some other smaller bus operators also travel to Waitomo, such as Headfirst and Flexi-Tours.

HEADFIRST

Headfirst will be running tours daily from October 2017 to Waitomo and Hobbiton from Rotorua and Auckland. 

Tours depart Auckland daily at 6:15am with pickups from your accommodation starting at 6:05am. They also have pickups at Manukau City, Bombay Hills and Hamilton, arriving back in Auckland at 7:15pm. If you like you can finish your trip in Rotorua. You can book your tour online at headfirst​.


FLEXI TOURS

FlexiToursNZ run a variety of tours which include the Waitomo Glowworm caves and Black Water Rafting tours. They run every day of the year but Christmas Day. You can start and finish your trip in either Auckland or Rotorua.

All tours are in small groups (7 – 15 passengers) in late model Mercedes Vehicles. Tours can spend all day in the Waitomo Area  visiting  2 or 3 caves  or the  Black Abyss or Black Labyrinth.

Some tours allow you to visit up to three locations including; Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waiotapu, and of course our wonderful Waitomo Glowworm Caves. You can get more detail on the possible combinations from  www.FlexiToursNZ.com

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.

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