Auckland International Airport is under two hours away by road, making it easy for people to road trip down to the Hamilton and Waikato region. Or they can take a domestic flight or train ride.

By Road

Hamilton and Waikato are highly accessible, with 10 state highways running through the region.

Approx drive time and distances to other areas:




Approx Drive Time

Hamilton to Cambridge



25 mins

Hamilton to Raglan



40 mins

Hamilton to Waitomo Caves



1 hour 15 mins

Hamilton to Rotorua



1 hour 40 mins

Hamilton to Auckland



1 hour 55 mins

Hamilton to Taupo



2 hours 10 mins

Hamilton to Wellington



7 hours 30 mins


Your clients can get around the North Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers

Driving Routes
The Thermal Explorer Highway runs from Auckland through Hamilton and the Waikato and onto Ruapehu, Taupo and Hawke's Bay. If clients make a slight diversion they can also take in the Waitomo Caves.

By Air

Hamilton airport is the only airport within the region and offers daily domestic flights.

Airlines flying into Hamilton include:
Air New Zealand

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Hamilton to Auckland

35 mins

Hamilton to Wellington

1 hour 5 mins

Hamilton to Christchurch

1 hour 45 mins


Getting to and from the airport
Hamilton airport is approximately 15-20 minutes drive from Hamilton city centre.

Clients can get a taxi to the city centre for approximately $30 or a shuttle bus for approximately $27 for the first person and $7 for every person thereafter.

By Rail

The Northern Explorer rail service goes through Hamilton, offering great views through the area and North Island. It runs from Auckland through to Wellington.

Clients can also get to Waitomo Caves by getting a train to Otorohanga and then catching a taxi or shuttle to Waitomo.

Getting Around Hamilton and Waikato

Getting around the city and town centres is easy by foot, however hire cars and motorhomes are also available. Hamilton also has a local bus services stopping off at most of the local attractions. Clients can go to the Hamilton Transport Centre to see what is available.