• Spirit Cave, Waitomo
  • Surfer catching a wave, Raglan – Waikato


The Hamilton & Waikato region is readily accessible and easy to get around – whether flying in, driving, or traveling by train or bus.

Self-drive is the most popular option and most attractions are within a comfortable hour’s drive of Hamilton city, while its airport services flights throughout New Zealand. The airport is about 20 minutes’ drive from Hamilton’s CBD. Most of the major rental car companies have offices in the city and at the airport. To make things even easier, Hamilton Transport Centre is the hub for bus and coach services, covering the city and region as well as all North Island destinations.

The Hamilton & Waikato region has an extensive and well maintained roading network, including major state highways. The Thermal Explorer Highway touring route travels down State Highway 1 taking in picturesque towns such as Cambridge and Tirau as well as the city of Hamilton, and connecting it via expressway to Auckland in the north and Taupo in the south. State Highway 3 takes in Waitomo along with neighbours Otorohanga and Te Kuiti.

Rail offers a convenient alternative to driving that opens up different scenic views of the countryside and the region’s towns. From Hamilton, the Northern Explorer on the main trunkline takes passengers north to Auckland and south as far as Wellington (with further connections available across Cook Strait).