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 - 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.
Discover, encounter and experience the best that the Waikato, and beyond, has to offer with full and half day customised tours. Some of the regions best cycle routes, walking trails, natural wonders and cultural destinations are all close at hand and ready to discover!
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.
Warm, comfortable accommodation set in tranquil surroundings with views of our beautiful countryside. We offer a range of affordable accommodation with full facilities. Rooms serviced daily. Our popular on site restaurant caters for guests and is a great venue for weddings or group stays. Close to many of New Zealand's most popular natural attractions. Friendly hosts keen to assist.
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 (Waitomo Caves / Hobbiton Movie Set Combo) 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".
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.
GreatSights New Zealand operates the most comprehensive range of premium day sightseeing tours in New Zealand. Our nationwide network provides luxury sightseeing tours to destinations throughout New Zealand including the Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Queenstown and Milford Sound.
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 consistently receive Trip Advisor ‘Certificates of Excellence’.
Mobile-friendly - Kiwi Experience is New Zealand's leading hop-on hop-off bus-tour company, providing tours tailored to your appetite for adventure and budget. Their local guides know the country/culture better than anyone else and have hosted over 500,000 passengers in their 30 years. They've the best price on activities & guaranteed accommodation, leaving you guys to focus on the memory-making & unrivalled experiences.
Experience all that a high country New Zealand farm has to offer. Set high on the Rangitoto Range the farm has a abundence of natural beauty and a long history. Rua Oki Farms is in the King country bordering Pureora National Park. (North Block). Within easy drive from Hamilton. Otorohanga is the nearest town (25 km). Close to Waitomo caves.
Nature & Nosh Tours pair two of the best things in life for active travellers: Hiking and food! Our fully-inclusive, guided hiking tours match scenic and diverse day walks, with New Zealand food and wine tasting. We offer unique tours from 1-7 days, plus private and custom options. Small groups, local guides, carry small daypacks only and boutique lodge accommodation.
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.
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Sunday Film - The Children Act
As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.
Where: The Plaza, Putaruru, South Waikato
Address: 50-59 Kensington St, Putaruru, South Waikato
From: 2:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
Two Rooks Cola Summer Drift Matsuri 2019
New Zealand's epic festival of grassroots drifting returns to Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park this Summer over March 16/17 in the scenic, central North Island district of Taupo. Burning rubber, cool cars, delicious food ...
Where: Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 463 Broadlands Rd, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:30am on Saturday 16th March 2019
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
MAKE Your Own Cleaning and Beauty Products
Want learn how to make your own products and reduce your waste? Learn how to make eight beauty and home cleaning products at a MAKE Demonstration Workshop. Di Millow is bringing her MAKE product demonstration to Te ...
Where: Te Awamutu Library, Community Room, Te Awamutu, Waipa
Address: Cnr Mahoe Street and Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu, Waipa
From: 2:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
St. Patricks Day
A good ol' fashioned St. Patricks Day at the friendliest pub in Hamilton. The breakfast buffet will be available from 8am and we will have more than just potatoes. Buy now and grab an Irish bargain! Buffet ...
Where: The Quadrant Bar, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Corner Victoria & Alma Sts, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 8:00am on Sunday 17th March 2019
To: 2:00am on Monday 18th March 2019
Let’s Get Things In Perspective
Drop in with the family for fun perspective drawing exercises.
Where: Waikato Museum, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 1 Grantham St, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 11:00am on Sunday 17th March 2019
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
Fighting With My Family - Advance Screenings
Based on a true story, Fighting With My Family follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity ...
Where: Event Cinemas Chartwell, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Hukanui Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 9:00am on Friday 15th March 2019
To: 9:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
Mastercraft Return of The Groms Wakeboarding Event
A follow on event from The MasterCraft Boards n' BBQ's Groms Competition the day before, this is a chance for the older riders, mums and dads or anyone who can slip into some wakeboard bindings and have a go behind the ...
Where: Lake Maraetai, Mangakino, Lake Taupo
Address: Lake Maraetai, Mangakino, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00am on Sunday 17th March 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
Shuttle Time Coaching Course
Learn practical skills to help you plan and deliver safe, fun and positive badminton lessons. Register for a BWF Shuttle Time Coaching Course on Sunday 17 March (9.30am-4.00pm) in Hamilton. This course is open to ...
Where: Waikato Badminton Association, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 30 Old Farm Road, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 9:30am on Sunday 17th March 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
Isaiah B Brunt Trio Voodoo Tour NZ
"Isaiah has been compared to that of Delbert McClinton. His guitar work has been compared to Lonnie Mack. His compositions—especially “Lost Jacket Blues,” “Travel Back In Time” and “Party Late All ...
Where: The Commercial Hotel, Te Awamutu, Waipa
Address: 97 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu, Waipa
From: 3:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
To: 6:00pm on Sunday 17th March 2019
Gourmet In the Gardens
An outdoor Gourmet Food market with food from around the Globe. There is something for everyone, with Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese Baguettes, Fresh Fruit Ice Cream and so much more. Bring the whole family and your ...
Where: Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 4:00pm on Sunday 28th October 2018
To: 8:00pm on Sunday 24th March 2019