A boat ride through the glowworm caves of Waitomo will leave you speechless
Waitomo Caves
Glowworm caves, Hamilton - Waikato

By Corin Walker

Exploring the glowworm caves in Waitomo
Waitomo Caves
Exploring Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato

By Corin Walker

Black water rafting through the Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Caves
Black water rafting, Hamilton - Waikato

By Tourism Holdings

Waitomo's Lost World is an exciting abseiling and caving adventure.
Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato

By Fraser Clements

Waitomo Caves

Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The area's name comes from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole).

The caves were carved by underground streams pushing through soft limestone over thousands of years. Many have amazing stalactites growing down from the ceiling and stalagmites growing up from the cave floor, pointy cones of layered rock formed over centuries by dripping water. The cave walls are also decorated with galaxies of native glow worms.

The easiest way to see the caves is with a walking or boat tour. If you’re into adventure, try the unique experience of black water rafting - you'll crawl, swim and float through the caves on a rubber tube. Or you could abseil or zip-line through the darkness. However you choose to explore Waitomo Caves, you're bound to agree they're a wonder of nature.

For a quirky insight into rural New Zealand life, take in one of the local farm shows, or go exploring on a guided horse trek. If you'd like to visit some New Zealand’s rarest birds, including our national icon, the kiwi, head to Otorohanga Kiwi House in Otorohanga.

Nearby, the Pureora forest provides some great short and long hikes suitable for all levels. Hunting and fishing tours are also on offer in the area.

South of Waitomo is Piopio. This rural area is making a name for itself with great walking trails, cafes, golf, and Hairy Feet Waitomo, which was the filming location for Staddle Farm and the Trollshaw forest in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Waitomo Township has a few shops and plenty of accommodation. It is easily reached by road from Auckland (3 hours), Rotorua (2 hours) or Hamilton (1 hour).

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

Show results
Sort by Showing 1 - 9 of 9 results.
Caves Motor Inn - Accommodation in Hangatiki New Zealand
Hangatiki
078738109
Just 5 minutes’ drive from the Waitomo Caves, Caves Motor Inn offers rooms with a private balcony and satellite TV. It features a restaurant, a bar with billiards and a shuttle service to central Waitomo. Free parking is available on site. All rooms have a toaster, electric kettle and refrigerator. Each room has a work desk, electric blankets and a bathro... (more)
Glow Worm Motel - Accommodation in Hangatiki New Zealand
Hangatiki
078738882
Surrounded by rural countryside, Glow Worms Motel features an outdoor pool, BBQ facilities and a children’s swing set. It offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi and lovely garden views. Glow Worms Motel Te Kuiti is 6 minutes’ drive from the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves and Waitomo Adventure Centre. Hamilton Airport is a 50-minute drive away. A ... (more)
Kiwi Paka - Waitomo - Accommodation in Waitomo New Zealand
Waitomo
078783395
Waitomo is beautiful and mysterious both above and below ground. Take the Ruakuri bushwalk through lush forest, enter the underground caves to see our world famouss glow-worms or go on an adrenaline filled black water rafting trip. Kiwipaka is a unique and relaxed rural New Zealand getaway, nestled in mature trees in Waitomo Village.Only a 2 minute wal... (more)
Top Motel Waitomo - Accommodation in Hangatiki New Zealand
Hangatiki
0800521056
We are located right in the heart of Waitomo Caves Village so you can walk to everything Waitomo has to offer. Apart from caving, enjoy horse trekking, a museum, the Ruakuri walkway, the Mangapohue Natural Bridge, and the Marakopa Falls. Swimming pool & hot tub Playground & BBQ area WiFi & internet kiosk For decades TOP 10 have been delivering amazing ... (more)
Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge - Accommodation in Waitomo New Zealand
Waitomo Caves, Waitomo
0800465762
Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge is right in the centre of Waitomo Caves Village, next to the Waitomo General Store, opposite award winning Huhu Cafe, and just a short walk to Waitomo Caves i-SITE/Discovery Centre, the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves and a pizzeria. There is off street parking.Each of the 8 ensuite studio units has a private entrance and beautiful views of... (more)
Waitomo Caves Hotel - Accommodation in Waitomo New Zealand
Waitomo
078788204
This grand historic hotel is situated on a hill overlooking Waitomo Village and the famouss Waitomo Caves. Surrounded by lovely gardens, this country lodge features sweeping staircases, large open fireplaces and unique architecture.Waitomo Caves Hotel has a large lounge and bar area that serves drinks and snacks every day. The restaurant is open from Friday ... (more)
Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park - Accommodation in Waitomo Caves New Zealand
Waitomo Caves
0508498666
Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park is a Qualmark 4-star Holiday Park in Waitomo. The accommodation options are 1&2brm park motels, ensuite units, standard cabins, backpacker accommodation, motorhome/caravan and tent sites.Waitomo is located in King Country in Waikato. Its most famouss tourist attraction is the Waitomo Caves especially the Glow-worm Caves which is a... (more)
Woodlyn Park - Unique Accommodation - Accommodation in Waitomo New Zealand
RD7 Otorohanga, Waitomo
078786666
Experience an exceptional farm stay motel near Waitomo Caves, the most unique Waikato Accommodation available.Our World renowned Waitomo Motels include a Train motel, a Plane Motel, 3 ship motels and the Hobbit motels. All of the units at Woodlyn Park are beautifully furbished self-contained and situated in the Central North Island, only 2 hours from Aucklan... (more)
YHA Waitomo Juno Hall - Accommodation in Waitomo New Zealand
Waitomo
078787649
Come and relax at our modern 40-bed hostel, situated on our farm, 1km away from Waitomo Village. With stunning views and native forest as your back-drop, you will enjoy your stay and want to come back for more. Hunting/fishing trips. Swimming pool, lawn, tennis court, volleyball, trampoline. Accommodation consists of double/twin rooms, dorm rooms and tent... (more)
Showing 1 - 7 of 7 events for the next month.
  • Les Munro Center, Te Kuiti, Waitomo District
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Rock
    Dave Dobbyn is welcoming New Zealanders’ freedom to come together in music by hosting a series of shows in September and October after the original tour was delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Four news shows have ... more
  • Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge, Waipa
    Sat 12 Sep 2020 7:30PM / Comedy
    ***Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 alert levels, we have decided not to offer meals for any of our performances of The Pink Hammer. Whether we are at Alert Level 1 or 2, all performances will definitely take ... more
  • The Woolshed, Te Awamutu, Waipa
    Sat 24 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Jazz
    Jan Preston Trio inaugural visit to Te Awamutu with a brand new album and tour. Pre Sale tickets $25 + booking online or in person with Noldy on 0272553047. Jan was always drawn to the Boogie Woogie style of piano ... more
  • Queen of Scraps Studio, Cambridge, Waikato
    Mon 5 Oct 2020 9:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Tropical Escape: We can't travel to the islands right now, but we can enjoy a bit of island time! Projects and snacks have a tropical island theme. You will make a cute gift pouch and a set of co-ordinating notecards ... more
  • Queen of Scraps Studio, Cambridge, Waikato
    Thu 8 Oct 2020 9:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Have you heard about the "Box of Sunshine" concept? The idea is to fill a gift box with yellow-themed treats and gift it to a friend or family member who need a boost. You will personalise a set of cards and a ... more
  • Tivoli Cinema, Cambridge, Waipa
    Sun 11 Oct 2020 4:00PM / Film
    This year's Misty Flicks Short Film Festival has a diverse range of films and the event itself has a bit of the 20's theme attached to it. "(An) eclectic grouping, ranging from the experimental and the avant-garde to ... more
  • Don Rowlands Centre, Cambridge, Waipa
    Fri 9 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    If you love dressing up to the nines and donating money to a good cause, this is the event for you! The St Peter's Equestrian Academy is raising money for their Equine Assisted Learning for At Risk Kids programme and ... more
Powered by Eventfinda