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).
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)
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.
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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)
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
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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)
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 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)
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)
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)
Come join us and enjoy a range of street kai on the marae.
Explore this beautiful facility, bring your picnic rug, and come and dine with friends and family. We will have a selection of food trucks on the marae for ... more
New Zealand's own National Bluegrass Festival, Kiwigrass is back for 2021. All of the best New Zealand bluegrass bands will gather for a weekend of celebrating the music pioneered by Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, and Lester ... more