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.
Mobile-friendly - Auckland & Beyond Tours invites you to explore New Zealand and discover it's hidden gems by joining our Luxury tours. Whether you would like a day trip or a Multi-day luxury private tour. We create lifetime memories, we take care of the planning for you so you can relax and enjoy the journey through the magical nature of NZ.
Bay Of Plenty Tours take you to see the best attractions that the Bay of Plenty and Waikato have to offer. From the Lord of the Rings Hobbiton movie set, through to experiencing the Maori culture in Rotorua and the amazing Waitomo Glow Worm cave system, or customised day tours on request, there are many exciting attractions in the area.
Mobile-friendly - Bush and Beach help you make the most of your time in Auckland, offering enjoyable and innovative small group guided tours in and around Auckland. We can help you find out about Auckland city or explore stunning rainforests and beaches of Auckland’s West coast. From Auckland we have daily tours to Hobbiton movie set, Waitomo caves or beautiful Coromandel.
Mobile-friendly - Our small group tours throughout New Zealand offer a more flexible and fun experience to ensure our guides show you more amazing sites in between our top destinations. Our day trips from both Auckland & Queenstown take you to the most popular sites in Aotearoa including Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Rotorua, Milford Sound & Wanaka just to name a few.
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 - New Zealand is a spectacular corner of the world and full of magic. From Cape Reinga in the North to the rugged snow-capped Remarkable mountains of Queenstown and Southern Lakes, everywhere you look there's a visual feast awaiting from the shores of crystal clear lakes to the sky. Experience this with Crown Tours!
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".
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!
New Zealand guided walking adventures. We are a specialist adventure tour company with decades of experience running small-group tours with the best Kiwi guides. Enjoy hikes on the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks plus Mt Cook and Arthurs Pass. See more on our website.
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.
Podium Lodge is a modern, 86 bed facility offering a unique experience in a vibrant yet peaceful setting that inspires excellence. Designed to support athletes with their training or performance ambitions, we welcome anyone looking for a quiet yet vibrant and inspiring getaway. Cambridge's location provides a perfect launching pad to explore further afield - Rotorua, Hobbiton, Raglan, Taupo.
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 - For those wanting to travel to or from Raglan, we offer convenient, reliable and direct shuttle service connecting Raglan with Hamilton bus & train stations, Hamilton & Auckland hotel & city addresses, Auckland cruise ship terminals and popular tourist attractions in Hamilton - Waikato, including Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton.
Mobile-friendly - Lord of the Rings™ Tours. We'll take you on 6, 10 or 14 day journey through Middle Earth™. Make your dreams a reality, walk in the footsteps of your favourite 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.
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Navy In Concert
Join the RNZN Band Live in Concert! We are very excited to return to our beautiful adopted hometown of Taupo to continue our annual concert series. Come along for a wonderful night of music from our full Concert Band, ...
Where: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 7:00pm on Thursday 16th August 2018
To: 9:00pm on Thursday 16th August 2018
Hamilton Blues Society Concert Jesse Valach Blues Mountain
Hamilton Blues Society is fortunate to be able to host Jesse Valach with Blues Mountain on Biddy's back stae in special concert, supported by some great musicians fresh from their appearance at the Bay of Islands Jazz & ...
Where: Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Pub, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 17B Hood Street , Hamilton, Waikato
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 16th August 2018
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 16th August 2018
Mrs. Krishnan’s Party
Indians throw crazy parties. Heard of Diwali? A million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead. Heard of Holi? An explosion of colour and joy and massive dry-cleaning bills? Heard about Onam? It ...
Where: The Meteor, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 15th August 2018
To: 8:45pm on Saturday 18th August 2018
Beats By Bingo
Once a month MC Dan brings Beats By Bingo to Matamata! Get the gang together and book a table for this seat dancing, singalong bingo extravaganza! Loads of prizes to win and its all free to play.
Where: Redoubt Bar, Matamata, Matamata-Piako
Address: 48 Broadway, Matamata, Matamata-Piako
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 21st June 2018
To: 9:00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
Categories include General Knowledge, TV & Movies, Famous Voices, Sport, Movie Clips and a Cash Snowball. Great prizes and a fun evening.
Where: The Local Taphouse, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 346 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 6:30pm on Thursday 26th July 2018
To: 8:30pm on Thursday 25th October 2018
Moo & Brew; Hoppy Meal Adults Only Combo
Moo & Brew is back for 2018 and this year The Local Taphouse has taken their entry to a whole new level, with their take on an American classic, The Hoppy Meal! Combining EatBurger's hugely popular Ronald's Revenge ...
Where: The Local Taphouse, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 346 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 11:00am on Wednesday 1st August 2018
To: 9:00pm on Friday 31st August 2018
Weber Bros Circus
Weber Bros Circus is back in New Zealand! After our six year world tour visiting, Australia, South Africa, Asia and Europe, Weber Bros Circus is back. Weber Bros Circus brings you an exciting new show 'Adrenaline' ...
Where: The Base, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Te Rapa Rd, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 7:30pm on Friday 10th August 2018
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 2nd September 2018
Mulligans Open Mic Night Live Music
"There are no strangers, only friends, you haven't met yet." Come up with your Talent, we can provide you our backline & stage. - Musicians, Poets, Ssshhong Writers, Comedians All Players are welcome. Let's Jam, It's ...
Where: Mulligans Bar, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 15 Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00pm on Thursday 15th February 2018
To: 12:00am on Friday 5th April 2019
Children's Discovery Trail
The Hamilton Gardens Discovery Trail will take children on a journey where they can explore an enchanting world of secret-themed gardens. Behind every door, there is a magical story and a portal through time to ...
Where: Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 8:00am on Monday 11th June 2018
To: 5:00pm on Wednesday 17th October 2018
I Spy At the Museum
Discover mesmerising art, priceless Maaori taonga, historic collection items and much more as you explore our galleries. Fill out an activity sheet as you investigate each corner of the Museum and earn yourself an I ...
Where: Waikato Museum, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 1 Grantham St, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 10:00am on Monday 25th June 2018
To: 5:00pm on Tuesday 1st January 2019