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Waitomo Caves

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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Fri 18th 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

From: Fri 18th Jan 2019

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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

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From: Sat 15th Dec 2018

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

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From: Fri 18th Jan 2019

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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

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From: Wed 16th Jan 2019

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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

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From: Tue 15th Jan 2019

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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

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From: Thu 17th Jan 2019

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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

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From: Mon 14th Jan 2019

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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

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From: Thu 3rd Jan 2019

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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

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From: Fri 28th Dec 2018

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Address: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo

From: 6:00pm on Friday 28th December 2018
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 23rd February 2019

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