Waitomo Caves is a caves system and small village in the Waikato region of the North Island. The nearest large town, Hamilton, is one hour's drive away (78km) and Auckland, two hours away (200km) and Rotorua, two hours away (156km). The Waitomo Caves can be found 8km along Waitomo Caves Road, off State Highway 3.
Waitomo Caves village itself is very small, but the caves have formed a major tourist attraction and are well-known for their population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa found exclusively in New Zealand. Visitors to the caves can visit easy-to-access caves, raft or crawl through caves depending on their interests and abilities. A popular guided activity is 'blackwater rafting' in which visitors float through the caves in huge tubes viewing glowworms and cave decorations as they go. more
There are around 300 known limestone caves beneath the hills of the Waitomo region, but the main caves visited by tourists are the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave, Aranui Cave and Gardner's Gut. These caves are home to some beautiful cave decorations, stalactites, stalagmites and helicti.
Accommodation in Waitomo Caves is varied including farmstays, bed and breakfasts, backpackers, hotel and motor lodges.
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Mobile-friendly - Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend. The Cave entrance is home to a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations. An enchanting experience you will never forget.
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Mobile-friendly - Let our friendly staff with local knowledge help you to plan for your time in Rotorua. With local knowledge, we can organise: hot pool trips, exciting jet boat tours, sky diving and all the amazing and unique-to-Rotorua things to do, with some great deals and savings too!
Golf tours around Rotorua and other great places! Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, Coromandel, Taupo.
Mobile-friendly - Auckland's best day tours take you from the bustle of the city straight out into the real New Zealand. Daily guided tours to the lush rainforest and black sand beaches of the rugged west coast, Coromandel Peninsula and untamed Great Barrier Island give you the trip of a lifetime and create unforgettable memories of unique, wild, untamed New Zealand.
Mobile-friendly - We are all about giving you a real Kiwi Adventure. Our small and intimate tours and day trips means we can be more flexible, show you more amazing sites and give you more information. Our day trips from Auckland take you to our most popular destinations including Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves & Rotorua.
Small group and personalised tour specialists based in Tauranga. Tour options include exploring the fascinating geothermal wonderlands of Waiotapu and Waimangu near Rotorua, the film set Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Coromandel peninsula. Air conditioned, comfortable and roomy vehicles for your day tour.
Special tours & day trips to experience both coasts of Auckland (and what lies between!). As local operators we are able to share what it's really like to live in Auckland, "our" city, which is affectionately known as; "The City of Sails".
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Mobile-friendly - Cruise ship shore excursions and day tours to Rotorua, Hobbiton and Tauranga. Come with us on a day filled with stunning scenery, a little adventure and lots of fun as you learn about the uniqueness that is New Zealand.
Mobile-friendly - Custom Day Tours NZ organise day tours and shore excursions from Auckland and the Bay of Plenty to Rotorua Geothermal Highlights, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Taupo and Auckland area. We are your specialist team for customized tours from Ports of Tauranga and Auckland. We personally collect you from your Cruise Ship or Hotel in our luxury air-conditioned, specialized touring vehicle.
Mobile-friendly - Glowing Adventures runs personalised and unhurried walking cave eco-tours for small groups of 2-8 people, through beautiful and untouched native New Zealand forest and a large and impressive limestone cave system. The cave tour includes three impressive glowworm displays. Allow 3 hours for the tour, of which approximately 2 hours is spent in the cave system.
Mobile-friendly - We are the closest motel to the world-famous glow worm caves. Warm, affordable motel accommodation in a picturesque location. Range of fully self-contained ground-floor units with modern facilities. Friendly hosts keen to assist you in enjoying this world-acclaimed area. Close to many recreational activities and venues.
Mobile-friendly - Gray Line offer premium coach tours to New Zealand's best tourist destinations including Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Waitomo, Queenstown and Milford Sound. But that's not all. Everything we do - from our attraction packed tour itineraries, through to our luxury coaches, fantastic drivers and hosts - has been combined to ensure you really experience New Zealand.
Mobile-friendly - MIDDLE EARTH AT IT'S BEST! Join personally guided tours through our farm which featured extensively in Peter Jackson's "THE HOBBIT". Have your camera ready as we wander through ancient native forest, under massive limestone cliffs and among unusual rock formations. Be entertained with our stories about filming and farming and see why we've received Trip Advisor "Certificate of Excellence".
Helicopter Operations - scenic flights, private charters, tour and tailor made flights. Waitomo Spectacular heli-adventure flight taking in Marokopa Falls and the amazing limestone attraction of Natural Bridge. Our Country and Sea flight tracks the North Island's wild west coast, untouched for 100's of years with the odd seaside village amongst thousands of miles of coastline and black sand.
Mobile-friendly - Enjoy self-catering accommodation and camping options, in a quiet, safe and family friendly harbour-side setting at Kawhia. We offer everything from motels to studios and comfortable cabin. Plenty of camp sites and campervan parking. Enjoy our communal kitchen, lounge with SKY TV and ablution block. Free showers and access to coin operated laundry, RV Dump station, plus BBQ and trampoline.
Mobile-friendly - At New Zealand Self Drive Tours we can custom design your perfect New Zealand holiday package. With over 200 different tour suggestions, every one of our self drive itineraries are 100% customisable, allowing you to incorporate any of our excellent range of activities and accommodations. Chat with our New Zealand travel experts to begin crafting your dream New Zealand holiday!
Enjoy a friendly stay at the newest holiday park in the King Country/Waitomo region. Located in the centre of Otorohanga. Range of accommodation including park motels, self-contained units, standard cabins, powered sites and a vast area for tents. Stroll to the town's many unique shops, restaurants and bars, view kiwi at Otorohanga's nocturnal kiwi house and native bird park.
Mobile-friendly - Pa Harakeke welcomes all visitors to Pure-ora; cyclists, trampers, bird watchers, eco-cultural enthusiasts and especially visitors from other countries and of other cultures. The visitor centre is open 7days a week in summer and 5days the rest of the year. Quality chalet accommodation and conference room facility are also available and located close to the start of the Timber Trail.
Mobile-friendly - Kia Ora, Gidday, Bonjour, Ni hao, Ahoy - Hello from Tauranga Rent a Dent!! Are you arriving in the beautiful Mount Maunganui on a cruise ship this season? If so let us provide you with a great vehicle to travel around and either see the local sights of our beautiful area or travel away and check out Rotorua.
Mobile-friendly - There's so much to see in Raglan, from spectacular beaches to world-class surf breaks & an extinct volcano! Scenic sightseeing tours around Raglan and further afield, including Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Mount Maunganui and Rotorua. Transport to popular treks and bike trails. Luxury transport service to & from Auckland & Hamilton Airports, Auckland ferry terminals, Hamilton bus and train stations.
Mobile-friendly - Raglan Shuttle offers passenger transfer services between Raglan, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga & Rotorua including Auckland Airport, Hamilton Airport, Hamilton Bus & Train Stations plus Auckland Cruise Ship & Tauranga Ferry Terminals. For visitors to Raglan we also provide unique personalized & scenic tours around our home town.
Mobile-friendly - Lord of the Rings Tours. We'll take you on 14 or 10 day journey through Middle Earth. Make your dreams a reality, walk in the footsteps of your favorite character with our Lord of the Rings Tour. Visit best Lord of the Rings/Hobbit film sites with like-minded fans, become part of a fellowship. 5-star winners on Trip-Advisor yearly since 2012.
Royale Coachlines have specially designed day Cruise Ship Tours to cater for passengers visiting the Port of Tauranga. The tours show off the best of the area and guarantee to return to your ship well before departure time. Royale Coachlines also provides a quality bus service and coach charter service for tours in Tauranga and to anywhere in New Zealand.
Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour.
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Address: Moore Street, Hamilton, Waikato
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Address: Church Road, Hamilton, Waikato
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Address: 346 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 5:00pm on Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Address: 742 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato
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Address: Corner Victoria and Queen Streets, Cambridge, Waipa
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Address: 2618 State Highway 26, Morrinsville, Matamata-Piako
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