Driving to and staying in Waitomo


Here are some places to stay and things to do to help you make the most of your Waitomo weekend.
Plan your trip at waitomo.org.nz
Visit and stay in the thriving village of Piopio
A list of Waitomo accommodation

Waitomo is situated within easy reach of the North Island of New Zealand’s main centres. If you are travelling by car from Auckland – please find driving info below to help you plan your journey:

Travel by car from Auckland
Via State Highway 1 & 39     (195km/2hr 45min)

The Waitomo hamlet has limited parking so we are encouraging CARPOOLING as much as possible. If you can, please fill a car with friends and family. 

Take State Highway 1 signposted to Manukau/Hamilton

At Horotiu – Exit State Highway 1 and turn right onto State Highway 39       (115km/1hr 19)

Follow State Highway 39 to State Highway 3 in Otorohanga                             (65km/49min)

Turn right onto State Highway 3 (signs for New Plymouth/Route 3)               (7.7km/6min)

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto State Highway 37                              (7.1km/6min)

Waitomo is approx 7kms on the left

See map below: