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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Discover the best of New Zealand's North and South Island on AAT Kings' 15 day New Zealand Splendour. Highlights include touring the Waitomo Caves, a unique Māori culture experience with the Realm of Tane in Rotorua, cruising on Milford Sound, and plenty of free time to discover the Bay of Islands, Queenstown, Wellington, and historic Dunedin.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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Opal Ocean NZ Tour Jan 2019
Opening the borders of genre, acoustic guitar duo Opal Ocean fuses together Rock and Flamenco techniques to create their own epic wall of sound. Forming in late 2013, New Caledonian Alex Champ and New Zealander Nadav ...
Where: Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 266 Victoria Street, Basement, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 8:00pm on Friday 18th January 2019
To: 11:00pm on Friday 18th January 2019
Soundsplash Festival 2019
Multi-genre Soundsplash Festival will return to Raglan in January 2019 for another stunning celebration for all. The boutique music festival has been hosted in Wainui Reserve since its return last 2016. It’s the ...
Where: Wainui Reserve, Raglan, Waikato
Address: Wainui Rd, Raglan, Waikato
From: 9:00am on Friday 18th January 2019
To: 2:00pm on Sunday 20th January 2019
Pick Your Own Blueberries and Lavenders
e are the only lavender and blueberry farm in New Zealand. Just 10 minutes’ drive from Hamilton. With a stunning section of land in a rural settlement outside Hamilton, Lavender Backyard Garden has grown from ...
Where: Lavender Backyard Garden, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 398 Marshmeadow Rd, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 9:00am on Saturday 15th December 2018
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 20th January 2019
Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup
See the world’s best track riders in action at the 2019 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup! Bring the family for a great day out at Cambridge's world class Avantidrome, and support NZ’s track stars and rising ...
Where: Avantidrome, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: St Peters School Rd, Cambridge, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 9:00am on Friday 18th January 2019
To: 6:00pm on Sunday 20th January 2019
HolidaySpecial Pony Rides group activity. For ages 2 -10 years up to 50 kg. Book in with payment through our website - no refunds - no late comers please as everyone will be scheduled to have a Safety Talk and ...
Where: Pony Tales Parties, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 98 Wallace Rd, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 9:30am on Wednesday 16th January 2019
To: 11:00am on Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Leaping Lizards! Hamilton will “stick up its chin and grin and sing ‘Tomorrow! Tomorrow!’” when Musikmakers performs Annie JR! Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning best ...
Where: Riverlea Theatre, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 80 Riverlea Rd, Hillcrest, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 11:00am on Tuesday 15th January 2019
To: 8:00pm on Saturday 19th January 2019
School of Rock - 2019 Holiday Workshop
This is a performing arts workshop for children aged 7-14, which runs in the summer holidays of 2019. Each child participates in our five streams which consist of Rockband, vocals, drama, design (costume/set) and dance. ...
Where: Tamahere Community Hall, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 21 Devine Rd, Tamahere, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 8:30am on Thursday 17th January 2019
To: 4:00pm on Friday 25th January 2019
Nature Based Holiday Programme
Our 100% nature-based programme is child-led. Our programme aligns with the latest philosophies emerging in the education sector, equipping children for 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, ...
Where: Hardy Training Centre, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Hungerford Cres, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 9:00am on Monday 14th January 2019
To: 4:00pm on Friday 25th January 2019
YMCA December/January 2019 School Holiday Programmes
The YMCA Hamilton has school holiday programmes that operate daily from 7:30am to 5:30pm every day at locations all over Hamilton. We operate from the following location and with the dates a listed below. - YMCA ...
Where: Hamilton YMCA, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 36 Pembroke St, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 7:30am on Thursday 3rd January 2019
To: 5:30pm on Friday 1st February 2019
Friday & Saturday Night Market
It’s back by popular demand, and it’s expanded to include Friday and Saturday nights this summer! The Wairakei Resort Friday & Saturday Night Market is a local favourite. Immerse yourself in the tastes of ...
Where: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 6:00pm on Friday 28th December 2018
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 23rd February 2019