Visit Waitomo, Waikato, NZ

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  • Waitomo is famous for its limestone caves systems, many of which have underground rivers flowing through them. Caving-based activities include abseiling, climbing and rafting, all providing the opportunity to see the enchanting sight of glow worm colonies.

    The countryside of the Waitomo District offers many options for hiking, mountain biking and horse trekking. Guided tours can be arranged from tourist centres.

    The Waitomo District is part of the King Country, a major sheep farming region of the North Island. Its main town is Te Kuiti, about 60 minutes drive from Hamilton.

    Accommodation in Waitomo (NZ)

    Waitomo has hotels, motels and luxury lodges that provide high standards of accommodation and dining. There are bed & breakfast and backpacker accommodation options too.

    Beyond the town centre, farm-stay and holiday park accommodations are found.

    There are also self-contained units and holiday homes to rent.

    Transport around Waitomo

    Regular national coach services connect the region with Hamilton, to the north, and Wellington, to the south. There are local bus services, including shuttles, to transport visitors to and from local attractions.

    Tourist Activities around Waitomo

    Waitomo’s most famous attractions are its limestone caves, estimated to be more than 2 million years old. In addition to guided walking and rafting tours through caverns filled with glow worms, stalactites and stalagmites, visitors can enjoyadventure-based underground activities, such as abseiling, climbing and inner-tube rafting.

    The district’s towns, especially Te Kuiti, have a range of places to eat, as well as shops selling gifts, arts and crafts, and clothing.

    There are many nature walks in the region, some of which are suitable for mountain biking or horse trekking. Multi-day riding or walking tours are available.

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