Driving to Waitomo

Waitomo in the North Island, New Zealand is very accessible from Auckland, Hamilton and major visitor centres like Rotorua and Taupo.

Waitomo is located:

  • 15 minutes from Otorohanga
  • 1 hour from Hamilton
  • 1 hour 30 minutes from the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • 1 hour 30 minutes from Rotorua
  • 1 hour 30 minutes from Taupo
  • 3 hours from Auckland

If you don't have a car or you'd rather not drive, click here to find transport to Waitomo 


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Driving directions

FROM AUCKLAND AND THE NORTH:

After you arrive at Auckland International Airport drive south on State Highway 1. Two routes are available:

Route 1 : Via Ngaruawahia & Pirongia

  • Take State Highway 1 south to the rural town of Ngaruawahia
  • Turn right onto State Highway 39 & follow the signs to Pirongia / Otorohanga
  • At Whatawhata, just north of Pirongia village, continue on State Highway 31 to Otorohanga
  • At Otorohanga turn right onto State Highway 3 - drive south for 8 kms & turn right into Highway 37
  • Waitomo Caves Village is located on Highway 37 (8 kms from the intersection of State Highway 3 & Highway 37)

Route 2 : via Hamilton

  • Take State Highway 1 south to Hamilton city
  • From Hamilton take State Highway 3 & follow the signs for Waitomo / New Plymouth. (An excellent sealed road leads south through the rural towns of Te Awamutu & Otorohanga)
  • From Otorohanga (15 minutes north east of Waitomo Caves Village) drive south for 8 kms & turn right into Highway 37
  • Waitomo Caves Village is located on Highway 37 (8 kms from the intersection of State Highway 3 & Highway 37) 

FROM WELLINGTON AND THE SOUTH:

Route 1

  • Take State Highway 3 via Wanganui & New Plymouth to Te Kuiti
  • Travel 12 kms north of Te Kuiti on State Highway 3 & turn left onto Highway 37 to Waitomo
  • Waitomo Caves Village is located on Highway 37 (8 kms from the intersection of State Highway 3 & Highway 37)

Route 2

  • Take State Highway 1 from Wellington to Waiouru
  • Turn onto Highway 49 to Tohunga Junction
  • Turn onto State Highway 4 to Taumaranui & continue to the intersection of State Highways 4 & 3 at the Eight Mile Junction south of Te Kuiti
  • Turn right onto State Highway 3 to Te Kuiti
  • From Te Kuiti continue north for 8 kms to the intersection of State Highway 3 & Highway 37
  • Turn left onto Highway 37 to Waitomo
  • Waitomo Caves Village is located on Highway 37 (8 kms from the intersection of State Highway 3 & Highway 37)