About Waikato and accommodation

Claudelands | Te Papanui event centre is in Hamilton. It’s readily accessible and easy to get around, whether flying in, driving, or travelling by bus. Self-drive is the most popular option.The Hamilton Airport services flights from throughout New Zealand. The closest international airport to Hamilton is Auckland, which is a drive of approximately 90 minutes.

International visitors


If you are flying Air New Zealand from Adelaide or Melbourne to Auckland, you will need to hire a car for the 90 minute drive south to Hamilton, or arrange a shuttle. All car rental companies are well represented at the Auckland International Airport and you can hire a vehicle on a full Australian Driver’s Licence.

If you’re travelling from Sydney, Brisbane or Perth, same day connections are available via Wellington. Or you can fly into Auckland and drive 90 minutes south to Hamilton via the Southern Motorway and Waikato Expressway.


From most main Asia-Pacific ports same day connections are available to Hamilton, via Wellington international airport.

More information

Visit the Hamilton & Waikato tourism website for more information on getting to and from Hamilton.

Ray Rose Australia

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