Waitomo Caves

Cathedral in Waitomo Cave

Cathedral in Waitomo Cave

Centrally located and within easy driving distances from Auckland and Rotorua, the Waitomo region has many interesting towns and attractions to explore, including Otorohonga’s Free-Flight Aviary for native birds, ever-popular farmstays and Waitomo’s caving adventures. These caves are one of the country’s natural wonders.

Waitomo means the place where wai (water) disappears into a tomo (hole in the ground). Several of the hundreds of limestone caves in the district are sites for adventure activities, including abseiling into caverns, floating through on inner tubes, or guided walks or boat trips through spectacular formations or glow-worm caves.

In addition to sightseeing at Waitomo, there is the popular Museum of Caves which operates the Visitor Information Centre.

Near the picturesque village there is a walkway, the Ruakuri Bushwalk, which passes through three short caves and features unusual limestone formations. There is also a pioneer farm show and horse trekking. Jet boats and four-wheel-drive motorbikes may be hired.

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