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 is known for the world famous Hamilton Gardens - a 54
hectare public garden park in the south of Hamilton, located on the banks of
the Waikato River and includes enclosed gardens, open lawns, a lake, a
nursery, a convention centre and a cemetery. It is the Waikato Region's most
popular visitor attraction, attracting more than 1 million people and
hosting more than 2,000 events a year.
Hamilton Gardens is described in popular culture as a botanical garden but
does not technically qualify as a botanical garden. Instead, the site
features 21 gardens representing the art, beliefs, lifestyles and traditions
of different civilisations or historical garden styles. These gardens are
grouped into the Paradise, Productive, Fantasy, Cultivar and Landscape
Lonely Planet encourages visitors to the gardens to see the "extravagant
themed enclosed gardens" with "colonnades, pagodas and a mini Taj Mahal".
They also recommend the pre-colonial Te Parapara garden and Ngā Uri O
Hinetuparimaunga earth blanket statue at the main gates. Hamilton Gardens
hosts the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in February of each year.
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 are combined bus and ferry fare and travel options, allowing you to make one
reservation, pay one fare and travel on one ticket, from Hamilton to
you want to explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty from
Hamilton, there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass, allows
you 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. Travel is 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' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.