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Getting from Auckland to Hamilton

Hamilton is an easy 1.5 hour drive south of Auckland International airport.

You can get to Hamilton by:


  • InterCity bus – the InterCity bus operates a direct service to and from Auckland Airport to Hamilton throughout the day.

The journey by InterCity bus takes approximately one hour 45 minutes and costs from NZ$20 one way.

There is an InterCity Gold Service available at an extra cost, the Gold Service has soft leather reclining chairs and individual charging ports.

The InterCity busy must be booked in advance.

  • Skip Busses – Skip Busses operate a direct service to and from Auckland Airport to Hamilton once a day departing Auckland International Airport at 1005am daily and arriving in Hamilton central at 1155am.

There is free wifi on board and tickets starting at just NZ$7 one way but must be booked online.


At the International Terminal, the depots are located next to arrivals on the ground floor.  For domestic travellers, they’re situated on the ground floor of the car-park building opposite the terminal. 

Car hire agencies with depots at Auckland Airport are:



We recommend chartering a bus with GoBus who can provide transport solutions from the Auckland Airport to Hamilton for groups ranging in size from eight to 53