Glowworm caves, Hamilton - Waikato
By Corin Walker
Exploring Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato
By Corin Walker
Black water rafting, Hamilton - Waikato
By Tourism Holdings
Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato
By Fraser Clements
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.
Content courtesy of Tourism NZ
The Commercial Hotel, Te Awamutu, WaipaFri 14 Dec 2018 8:45PM / Covers, Tribute BandsLandslide is an Auckland based, live 5 piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past 6 years. Covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac ... more
Pirongia Golf/Racing Club, Pirongia, WaipaWed 26 Dec 2018 11:30AM / Family EntertainmentCome along to have fun with picnics at the races with friends and family at the 2018 Bayleys Pirongia Boxing Day Races. Gates open 7am, first Race 11.30pm. Over 150 year of picnic races in Pirongia - from golf ... more
Don Rowlands Centre, Cambridge, WaipaFri 21 Dec 2018 6:30PM / Comedy*Chopper Reid in Cambridge... What?! Yup you read that right, we're flying the legendary, the infamous, the downright hilarious 'Chopper' to NZ for one show only! Tickets per person include: Fantastic three course ... more
Don Rowlands Centre, Cambridge, WaipaMon 24 Dec 2018 5:00PM / Classic RockWolf Events is proud to be launching a brand new event The Xmas Eve Classic this December 24th! Featuring the Jordan Luck Band (Exponents) for the first time ever in Cambridge at the stunning waterfront Don Rowlands ... more