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Hamilton

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

All buses arrive and depart from the Hamilton Transport Centre (07-834 3457; cnr Anglesea & Bryce Sts).

Environment Waikato’s Busit! (0800 428 7546; www.busit.co.nz) has numerous services throughout the region, including Ngaruawahia ($3.70, 25 minutes), Te Aroha ($7.80, one hour), Cambridge ($6, 40 minutes), Te Awamutu ($6, 30 minutes) and Raglan ($7.70, one hour).

InterCity/Newmans (07-834 3457; www.intercity.co.nz; cnr Anglesea & Bryce Sts) services numerous destinations including Auckland ($30, two hours), Ngaruawahia ($20, 20 minutes), Te Aroha ($10, one hour), Matamata ($24, 54 minutes), Cambridge ($15 to $23, 24 minutes), Te Awamutu ($20, 29 minutes), Rotorua ($10 to $40, two hours) and Wellington ($84, four hours).

Budget operators Naked Bus (www.nakedbus.com) have advance fares starting from $1 on trips to Auckland (2½ hours), Ngaruawahia (30 minutes), Matamata (one hour), Cambridge (30 minutes), Rotorua (90 minutes) and Wellington (10 hours).

Dalroy Express (0508 465 622; www.dalroytours.co.nz) operates a daily service between Auckland ($19, two hours) and New Plymouth ($36, 3¾ hours), stopping at most towns, including Ngaruawahia ($10, 20 minutes) and Te Awamutu ($9, 25 minutes).

Go Kiwi (0800 446 549; www.go-kiwi.co.nz) has daily shuttles to/from Auckland ($21, 2¼ hours), Cambridge ($8, 30 minutes) and Tauranga ($21, two hours).

Train

Hamilton is on the Overlander (0800 872 467; www.tranzscenic.co.nz; daily Dec-Apr, Fri-Sun May-Nov) route between Auckland ($49, 2½ hours) and Wellington ($109, 9½ hours) via Otorohanga ($49, 35 minutes). Trains stop at Hamilton’s Frankton Train Station (07-846 8353; Queens Ave), located 1km west of the city centre.

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Air

Air New Zealand (0800 737 000; www.airnz.co.nz) has direct flights from Hamilton Airport to Sydney (3½ hours), Brisbane (3½ hours) and the Gold Coast (3¾ hours) as well as Auckland (30 minutes), Palmerston North (45 minutes), Wellington (65 minutes), Nelson (70 minutes) and Christchurch (1¾ hours). Check its website for fares and special offers.

Sunair Aviation Ltd (07-575 7799; www.sunair.co.nz; one-way $290) offers direct flights on weekdays to Kerikeri (1¾ hours), Whangarei (one hour), Gisborne (75 minutes) and Napier (one hour).

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