The Kaimai Shuttle

The University offers a free first-in, first-served shuttle service between the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses.

The service is available to enrolled students of the University whose main residence is in one region and who are required to travel from one campus to the other for classes, research supervision, or matters that are related to their University study. The Kaimai shuttle is also available to University of Waikato staff.

The Kaimai Shuttle will run during the teaching weeks of Trimester A and B. It will not run during teaching recesses, study, and examination weeks. The bookings are on a first-in, first-served basis.

In response to the positive increase in demand for the morning Kaimai Shuttle services from Tauranga to Hamilton, the University has contracted a 29-seater bus to replace the 10-seater shuttle van for the first of the daily runs to Hamilton and the final run to Tauranga. This adjustment, effective from 5 March 2020, will be trialed for 6 weeks and feedback is welcomed. The bus will depart the Tauranga campus at the earlier time of 7am (from 7.15am) and the return service will depart the Hamilton campus at the same time of 5.15pm. Arrival/departure locations will remain the same - just look out for the bus instead of the shuttle van on those two runs.

Please be aware that you can sit your end of trimester examination in another location. Eg. if your paper is taught in Hamilton you can sit your exam at the Tauranga campus. To arrange this, complete the OOT/OL form (there is no charge for this service).

Arrival/departure locations

Shuttle vans seat up 10 passengers per trip. The bus seats up to 29 passengers per trip and is available for the Tauranga to Hamilton 7am service and the Hamilton to Tauranga 5.15pm service only. The shuttle vans and bus will arrive and depart from the following locations:

Campus Pick-up and drop-off points
Tauranga campus Durham Lane by the visitor car parks (outside the 24-hour computer lab). Note: Durham Lane is the back entrance to the campus and is not on Google Maps.
Hamilton campus Main University Bus Stop (Gate 1, outside campus shops)

Shuttle timetable (Hamilton & Tauranga)

Depart Tauranga Arrive in Hamilton
7.00am - 29-seater 8.50am
9.15am - 10-seater 10.50am
3.15pm - 10-seater 4.50pm
5.15pm - 10-seater 6.50pm
Depart HamiltonArrive in Tauranga
7.15am - 10-seater 8.50am
9.15am - 10-seater 10.50am
3.15pm - 10-seater 4.50pm
5.15pm - 29-seater 6.50pm

Conditions of use

The conditions of use for the Kaimai Shuttle are as follows:
* All bookings must be made in advance and are confirmed on a first-in, first-served basis.
* All passengers must check-in for every journey by giving their name to the driver so that their booking can be recorded and confirmed.
* The availability of the service is not guaranteed, and may be affected by circumstances outside the University’s control.
* While the University endeavours to supply the service, it will not be responsible for any delay or non-availability.
* The service is a contracted service, and the University is not responsible for the acts or omissions of the service provider.
* For the consideration of others on the journey, eating hot food is not allowed on the shuttle and noise must be kept to a minimum, with headphones used for audio devices.

Register for the Kaimai Shuttle


To register for the Kaimai Shuttle, email and include your name and student ID number. Eligible students will be registered and you'll receive an email confirming how you book the shuttle. Bookings are confirmed on a first-in first-served basis.


Staff do not need to register to book on the Kaimai Shuttle.

Booking service

Once you have registered, you can book your shuttle ride in the Kaimai Shuttle Booking Service.

Book your shuttle