Bus and Coach
Services From Hamilton
New Zealand's North Island with its unique 7 unique geographical regions
and diverse natural beauty, from soaring mountain peaks, fiords, lakes,
rivers, native rugged bush, the majestic volcanoes of the North Island's
central plateau to the central North Island skifields of
Turoa by bus and coach from
Hamilton (Pop: 193,000) is New Zealand's 4th largest city and is becoming an
industrial, financial, educational and IT centre.
The centre of the city, on the Waikato River, is a bustling retail precinct.
The entertainment area is quite vibrant due to the large student population.
The 2008 Lonely planet guide states that "the city's main street has
sprouted a sophisticated and vibrant stretch of bars and eateries that on
the weekend at least leave Auckland's Viaduct Harbour for dead in the boozy
fun stakes." Hamilton has the second-largest collection of cafés in the
country—second only to Ponsonby Road in Auckland.
is known for abundant parks, walkways, river jet boating and river cruises,
agriculture research, Waikato University, stud farms and the annual National
Field day and Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
Education and research are
important to the city, through the University of Waikato, and Wintec
(Waikato Institute of Technology). Research at the Ruakura centre has been
responsible for much of New Zealand's innovation in agriculture.
Hamilton annually hosts the
National Agricultural Field days at Mystery Creek, the southern hemisphere's
biggest agricultural trade exhibition. Mystery Creek is the country's
largest event centre and hosts other events of national importance, such as
the National Car Show and the National Boat Show.
and retail are also important to the local economy, as is the provision of
health services through the Waikato Base Hospital. The city is home to New
Zealand's largest aircraft manufacturer, Pacific Aerospace who manufactured
their 1,000th aircraft in August 2009, and Max Clear Aviation who
manufacture and export high quality micro light aircraft. It also has its
largest concentration of trailer-boat manufacturers such as Buccaneer.
Recent years have seen the
firm establishment of the New Zealand base of the British flight training
organisation CTC Aviation training over 100 airline pilots a year at its
"Crew Training Centre" at Hamilton International Airport.
Travelling from Hamilton is in modern buses and coaches with
InterCity Coachlines operating a fleet
of eco-friendly air conditioned buses with reclining seats and foot
Newmans Coachlines operate premier
services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests and onboard toilet/washroom
overnight bus service operating between Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Palmerston North
and Wellington connects at
Wellington with the
Cook Strait ferry services
Wellington in the North Island to
Picton in the South Island. The Starlighter
overnight service features reclining
seats with foot and head rests, individual reading lights and air conditioning
controls, onboard toilet/washroom facility and makes two
refreshment/comfort stops on route.
There is combined bus and ferry travel allowing you to make one
reservation, pay one fare and travel on one ticket, from Hamilton to
If you want to explore
and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty from Hamilton, there is a range
'Book As You Go' flexi bus and ferry passes that provides
value for money travel.
You can use your 'Book As You Go' flexi bus and ferry pass, to travel
through out New Zealand on New Zealand's largest regional and national
bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and sightseeing network, that includes
Cook Strait ferry
sailings between the North and South Islands, sightseeing tours -
like dolphin watching cruises in the Bay
of Islands and lots more.
discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel plus it gives you total freedom to alter your plans
whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your 'Book As
You Go' flexi bus and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you
can stay a while and leave when you please.