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.
Waitomo Directory Information
Please choose from the main accommodation, attractions, tours, transport or visitor information categories below for Waitomo, Waikato, New Zealand.
What Do You Want To Do?
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.
Mobile-friendly - The more comprehensive Blackwater Rafting experience. With our professional guides in support, discover these awesome caves complete with stalactities; stalagmites and zillions of magical glowworms. Trips depart daily from the Waitomo Adventure Centre which also boasts an awesome Cafe and Dayspa. Online Video & Deals.
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 - Experience the best New Zealand has to offer on a small group day tour with Cheeky Kiwi Travel. We offer day trips & multi tours to the most popular destinations around Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown. Our fully guided small group tours & day trips are run in modern, comfortable minibuses & our guides bring the journey to life.
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 - Discover and experience the real Auckland as locals do with LANDMARKS. Enjoy private, unforgettable, Auckland tours and experiences with a local guide, expert in Auckland's sights and lifestyle. Bespoke urban and country tours, often along unexpected routes, guarantee you unique and exclusive experiences. Half, Full and Multi day tour options for Auckland and beyond. Anything is possible. Enquire now.
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!
Mobile-friendly - Departing Auckland by ferry, join Coromandel Adventures for the ultimate 4 day Central North Island NZ Experience…. Discover the pleasure and excitement of the Central North Island on this unique 4 day adventure combining the best of the Coromandel with the Middle-earth Trilogy package.
A modern 86 bed facility offering a unique “Olympic Village“ in Cambridge. We cater for sports teams, school groups, families, Corporates and independent travellers. River Riders bike depot located at Lodge for you to explore the Te Awa cycle trails. Close proximity to the Grasssroots Trust Velodrome. Self-catering or Catering accommodation, we can tailor make your stay.
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 - Private cruise ship and personal tours from Rotorua / Tauranga / Port of Tauranga / Mount Maunganui. Destinations include Rotorua / Coromandel / Napier / Taupo / National Park / Hobbiton / Waitomo. Small group custom tours. We have beautiful places for you to see and great adventure to be had. Design your own tour to see more for less.
Mobile-friendly - Royale Coachlines have specially designed day Cruise Ship Tours to cater for passengers visiting the Port of Tauranga. The tours show off the best of the area and guarantee to return to your ship well before departure time. Royale Coachlines also provides a quality bus service and coach charter service for tours in Tauranga and to anywhere in New Zealand.
The Ruakuri Walk is a great free attraction in the Waitomo Caves area. Based in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, a place of strong cultural significance to Maori, the walk includes limestone outcrops, native forest and small caves to be explored.
Mobile-friendly - Travel New Zealand at your own pace on an expertly planned independent or escorted coach tour with Thrifty Tours. Our coach touring packages allow you to relax and enjoy New Zealand's spectacular scenery, while taking in a range of unique and exciting activities along the way. Call us today and we can start planning your perfect New Zealand touring vacation!
Mobile-friendly - NZ's ultimate underground adventures. Seven Amazing Options including Lost World 100m abseil or our new fantasy Trollcave. You choose from easy to extreme. Glowworms, Blackwater-Rafting, Climbing & Abseiling. Online Videos & Deals.
Mobile-friendly - Experience floatation therapy, as well as massage, face and body treatments in our new Day Spa. A place of pampering and escape, our professionally trained staff are committed to your every need. Our environment is serene, luxurious and peaceful. Relaxation and comfort are assured with our floatation Dreampods featuring spacious interiors with gentle music and soft lighting.
Waitomo is situated in the King Country of the southern Waikato region in New Zealand's North Island and whilst predominantly a dairy farming region, it is also known for its beautiful cave systems. The Waitomo caves are a popular destination for visitors because of their stunning stalactites and stalagmites, colonies of glowworms and caving activities. The Waitomo caves.
Mobile-friendly - Located near some of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions, Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle. Unwind with accommodation options to suit any budget. From motel units, ensuite units and campsites, plus a swimming pool, hot-tub, playground, covered BBQ area and more, all located only 600 metres from Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Mobile-friendly - Zealandier Tours specialise in providing quality Cruise Ship Shore Sightseeing Day excursions and fully escorted Small Group Tours from the ports of Tauranga and Auckland and other New Zealand cities. Our iconic tour destinations include Rotorua Thermal Land and Maori Culture, Hobbiton; the movie set location for Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit and Waitomo Glow Worms Cave.
Where Do You Want To Go?
This New Zealand map does not display any listings on the map itself but may provide navigation by clicking on map symbol. Alternatively select a category or a region from the main links to find and view tourism businesses.
Select by Location
'Allo 'Allo - Le Christmas Dinner Show'
“Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once!” For group reservations of over 20 guest, special dietary requirements AND/OR groups wishing to be sat together at the ideal Mid-Year, Mid-Winter or Christmas ...
Where: The Verandah Cafe & Function Centre, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Rotoroa drive, Hamilton Lake Domain, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 7:00pm on Friday 4th November 2022
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 17th December 2022
Holy Goof, Vibe Chemistry & Alcemist | Hamilton
HOLY GOOF (UK), ALCEMIST & VIBE CHEMISRTY HITS HAMILTON Audiology, Playbook & George FM presents ________________ Holy Goof (UK) Support from: Vibe Chemistry (UK) Alcemist (UK) ________________ The ...
Where: The Factory, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 28 Alexandra St, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 10:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 3:00am on Saturday 12th November 2022
St Andrew's Artisan Market
New Zealand made and homemade high quality good for sale in indoor and outdoor stalls. Food stall are available during twilight markets. The Tea, Coffee and Cake for Kohā Café will be open as well. Many stalls have ...
Where: St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Corner of River Road & Te Aroha Road, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 4:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 8:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Intergalactic Tours & JUICE TV - The After - NZ Tour'22
TOUR DATES ANNOUNCEMENT! THE AFTER will be touring the main centres and some of our favourite cities and venues of New Zealand this October and November. The Asia Pacific Tour - Asia leg has been postponed to March ...
Where: Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: 17b Hood St, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 9:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 1:00am on Saturday 12th November 2022
Based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, Frank Booker has built a worldwide reputation for incredible edits and amazing DJ sets. Touring extensively since 2012, Booker has made his way through Australia, Japan, Great ...
Where: The Yard Music Cafe & Bar, Raglan, Waikato
Address: Volcom Lane, Raglan, Waikato
From: 7:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 11:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Light Up Waipa Community Giveback Project Ecobulb Giveaway
Waipa Networks have partnered with ECOBULB to give away 10,000 energy efficient lightbulbs to the Cambridge community - helping you save power and cut costs! To distribute these energy-efficient lightbulbs, we're ...
Where: Cambridge Community Pavilion, Cambridge, Waikato
Address: 67 Queen Street, Cambridge, Waikato
From: 11:00am on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 5:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Pacific Rose Bowl Festival
In 2006 the Rogers Rose Garden was presented with the prestigious ‘Garden of Excellence Award’ by the World Federation of Rose Societies. This international award recognises exceptional rose gardens of the world from ...
Where: Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 10:00am on Thursday 10th November 2022
To: 2:30pm on Sunday 13th November 2022
Live & Local
Always a great night out, you’re assured of the pick of Raglan’s talented performers. And all for koha entry! Each month we showcase three local acts: professionals and amateurs, newbies and old hands. We've had ...
Where: Old School Arts Centre, Raglan, Waikato
Address: 5 Stewart St, Raglan, Waikato
From: 7:30pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 9:30pm on Friday 10th March 2023
Aladdin - The True-ish Story
A traditional pantomime for a family night out at the Gaslight Theatre. We present the true tale of Aladdin! You know, the one with the zebra. And the laundress, her two sons, the Empress, the magical ring being, the ...
Where: Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge, Waipa
Address: 8 Alpha St, Cambridge, Waipa
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 5th November 2022
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 19th November 2022
Black Labyrinth x Raglan Rock
Waitomo Caves is turning up the dial on adventure this November. From the iconic Waitomo Trail Run to an exciting mix of limited-time-only combos and experiences - there's something to satisfy every appetite for ...
Where: Waitomo Homestead, Te Kuiti, Waitomo District
Address: 584c State Highway 3, Te Kuiti, Waitomo District
From: 8:00am on Wednesday 9th November 2022
To: 5:00pm on Wednesday 30th November 2022