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.
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.
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 lovers of the great outdoors like us. Our fully-inclusive, guided hiking tours take you on a journey through nature and taste, matching scenic and diverse day walks, with New Zealand food and wine. Small groups, local guides and premium 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.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Allow Graeme at Rotorua Tours & Transfers to pick you up from your current location and take you on an adventurous tour. Graeme’s vast knowledge of local attractions and activities allows him to provide you with an expertly guided tour of the region. Jump on board with one of our morning or afternoon Rotorua city tours.
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"Footrot Flats" the Musical. Book by Roger Hall, Music by Phillip Norman, Lyrics by AK Grant. Based on original characters created by Murray Ball. Full length Musical that has been a hit around the country for many ...
Where: Kensington Theatre, Putaruru, South Waikato
Address: 35-39 Kensington St, Putaruru, South Waikato
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 7th November 2018
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 17th November 2018
Alt Wine Club!
Dough Bros and Hamilton Beer and Wine Company present: Alt Wine Club. A monthly series of fun, informal wine tastings exploring the spectrum of Lo-Fi and Natural Wines. Upcoming dates: November ...
Where: Dough Bros, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 250 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 5:30pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
To: 7:30pm on Thursday 16th May 2019
Blackadder Goes Forth
Blackadder Goes Forth 10th-24th November 2018 and 5th-8th December, 2018 at the Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge Free cinema ticket for every seat on Tuesday 20/11 This production is an amateur performance based on the ...
Where: Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge, Waipa
Address: 8 Alpha St, Cambridge, Waipa
From: 6:30pm on Saturday 10th November 2018
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 8th December 2018
Distorted Eating Information Evening
Eating disorder, food fear and body image pressure. Eugenia Nikiforow, the founder of MindFoodNess, will be is hosting an evening on Eating Disorder, Body Image Challenge and other forms of Distorted Eating ...
Where: Medcom, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 32 O'Neill Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 6:30pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
To: 8:00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
Social Climbers - A Roger Hall Comedy
New Zealand’s most celebrated playwright Roger Hall pits a groups of female teachers together with a school counsellor and a reluctant daughter for a weekend of bush walking, sparkling wine and sparkling comedy! The ...
Where: Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 59 Clarence Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
Repairs, Landlords and Cartoon Villain
Repairs play high-tempo, loud, emotional music together for fun and we're heading out on tour this November. We're stoked to be playing at Nivara Lounge in Hamilton (which is an awesome place) and even more stoked to ...
Where: Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 266 Victoria Street, Basement, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
To: 11:00pm on Thursday 15th November 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
Ice Skate Tour
Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97 percent same gliding capacity as ...
Where: Ngahinapouri Hall, Ngahinapouri, Waipa
Address: Kakaramea Rd, Ngahinapouri, Waipa
From: 3:00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 17th November 2018
Riverside Golf Club She Loves Golf Series
Come and give golf a go with coaching sessions on Thursday evenings from 6pm - 7pm starting 1 November. We'll cover all aspects of the game so you can play confidently on the course. On Course Play - $10pp - Riverside ...
Where: St Peter's School, Cambridge, Waipa
Address: 1716 Cambridge Road, Cambridge, Waipa
From: 6:00pm on Thursday 1st November 2018
To: 7:00pm on Thursday 29th November 2018
Here's to Our Heroes
Here’s To Our Heroes is a revue-style show written to commemorate the signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918 to end World War 1. The music of the era is integrated with a narration remembering our service ...
Where: The Woolshed, Te Awamutu, Waipa
Address: Mahoe St, Te Awamutu, Waipa
From: 7:30pm on Sunday 11th November 2018
To: 6:30pm on Sunday 18th November 2018