The main state highways are the most direct route to explore the region. State Highway one runs directly through the region taking in Hamilton City along the way, while State Highway 39 takes in the western side of the region including Waitomo and connection up with State Highway three. State Highway 27 takes in the eastern side of the region including Matamata, home to Hobbiton Movie Set. Search for Tours, rental cars, campervan hire and more.
Hamilton International airport provides daily direct domestic flights to major cities, tourist hotspots and most destinations within New Zealand. The airport is within easy driving distance of the regions key locations such as Hamilton City, Waitomo Caves, and Hobbiton Movie Set – as well as other central north island regions such as Rotorua, Taupo and Coromandel.
Travelling by rail is a relaxing and easy way to see the country. The main north island trunk line travels from Auckland City to Wellington. Kiwi Rail offers the Waitomo & Hobbiton Scenic Escape package which includes rail transport, tickets and transfers to Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Caves and accommodation in Hamilton City. Hamilton City packages are also available. For more information visit www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz.