Getting around in Raglan

Just to the west of Hamilton, Raglan is ideally situated in the Waikato region. Getting here and exploring the area is easy with these transport options.

Find local transport and shuttle operators below.

Driving to Raglan

From Auckland
Leave SH 1 at Ngaruawahia and take SH 39 to Whatawhata. Turn right onto SH 23 at Whatawhata.
Driving time: 2hrs + depending on Auckland traffic.
From Hamilton
Take SH 23.
Driving time: Approximately 45 minutes.
If you’re an overseas visitor check out these friendly driving tips for driving safely in New Zealand.
Raglan Naturally Community Plan 2020
Raglan Radio, Whaingaroa's Community Radio Station

By Plane

Hamilton International Airport
Air New Zealand and Sunair fly daily to cities and towns around New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Hamilton also connects with Sydney and Brisbane.
Check for details.
Raglan Airfield
Small plane pilots can fly direct to Raglan Airfield, which is adjacent to the camping ground.
For information click here.

By Bus

To pick up the bus to Raglan you’ll need to first make your way to Hamilton.
For national bus timetables check or

Change at the Hamilton Bus Terminal, on the corner of Anglesea and Bryce Streets, to pick up the Route 23 bus to Raglan. This service runs three times a day Monday-Friday and twice a day on Saturdays. There is currently no service running on Sundays or public holidays.

Find detailed bus information on the BusIt website.

The 23 Raglan route continues to change

New services and timetable

The buses now travel on Sunday and public holidays. There’s also an extra return service in the middle of the day from Monday to Friday.

Better buses

Brand new, larger silver and blue buses have replaced the old Raglan, Raglan Assist and Whatawhata buses.

The new buses are fully air-conditioned, have increased luggage space on board, and have free WIFI and USB charging points. They also have  CCTV.

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Bike it, then bus it

Each bus has an exterior bike rack, with room for two bikes at a time. There’s no charge for using the bike rack, but loading and unloading the bike is the responsibility of the passenger. Find out more about bike racks, and how to use them.

Uni discount

All University of Waikato students and staff receive a 30% discount on single adult BUSIT card fares. This concession is valid at all times to all locations on BUSIT services – not just to and from campus. Show the driver your University of Waikato staff or student ID and the discount will be applied to your BUSIT card fare.