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Waitomo

Waitomo is most  famous for its  magnificent glowworm caves but thats not all you can enjoy here. Black Water Rafting, cave abseiling (rappelling), cave eco-tours, horse riding, hiking, fishing  and of course the wonderful landscapes.
Close by are Otorohanga and Te Kuiti. These friendly country towns offer great service, shopping and dining experiences. To the west the charming seaside villages of Kawhia, Marokopa and Mokau have stunning beaches, fabulous fishing and a laid back lifestyle.

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Explore a 30 million year old cave network spread across three levels. You'll travel deep underground through the limestone caves viewing stalactites and stalagmites as well as hearing about the caves historical and geological significance. You'll then hop into a boat and glide silently through the glow worm grotto - a galaxy of tiny living lights.

Lost World Caving tour

Lost World Caving tour

Abseil 100m into a spectacular world of prehistoric forest, glow-worms, rivers, flowstone formations and massive caverns. Explore the depths before ascending a gigantic ladder through the craggy upper levels of the 'Spider Hole'. Nothing short of sensational, this underground adventure is 4 hours in length.

Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour including BBQ lunch

Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour including BBQ lunch

Enjoy a courtesy scenic shuttle to the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Take a short walk through breath taking native bushland to the cave entrance. There, your guide lights the candles which sets the scene for an intimate cave experience. You will see glowworms and cave formations up close while you appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave).
The solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays just centimetres away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient Moa.
After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, take a seat in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Complete the tour by enjoying a complimentary Kawa tea whilst you relax in the punga hut surrounded by native forest. Included in your package is a BBQ buffet lunch at Roselands, which is located 500m from the caves.

The Black Labyrinth Subterranean Adventure

The Black Labyrinth Subterranean Adventure

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company has been guiding adventurous visitors through Ruakuri Cave since 1987. They've found the very best underground location for their unique style of adventure which will see you black water tubing, clambering, jumping and serenely floating through the subterranean waterways of Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you'll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls, gaze up at limestone ceilings awash with glowworms and lazily float through the dark Ruakuri river.  At the end of your caving adventure you'll emerge into the daylight of the Waitomo forest.

Hairy Feet Scenic Film Location Tour

Hairy Feet Scenic Film Location Tour

Visit the stunning farm location at Mangaotaki Rocks Piopio - near Waitomo - where the troll and campfire scenes in 'The Hobbit' were filmed. You'll see the towering limestone cliffs, massive rock formations and primeval forest that make up the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaws. You can also have your photo taken in the exact spot where Bilbo received his magical sword 'Sting' from Gandalf. You'll join a personally guided tour of several key filming locations including the site where the Orcs and Wargs began attacking and the 'exit from the cave' containing the troll hoard.

Lost World Epic tour

Lost World Epic tour

This is Waitomo's Ultimate Adventure. Abseil 100m into the surreal Lost World. Descend slowly bouncing and turning as the mist filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations. The abseil into the Lost World is at least twice the height of any other cave at Waitomo and the beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed. The descent takes about 30 minutes. Then after lunch take the wet way out! In probably the strangest setting you have ever eaten, you'll head upstream, walking, swimming and climbing through cathedral-size vaults. You'll see waterfalls, ancient whalebones and oyster fossils as well as the magnificent glowworms. Emerge several hours later and enjoy a hot shower and well-earned dinner BBQ meal near the cave before heading back to Waitomo. Includes all drinks and meals.

Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour from Waitomo

Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour from Waitomo

Be absolutely Spellbound on this tour that allows you to take in the truly spectacular display of glowworms in their natural habitat - over 30,000 of them gently lighting the entire cave. This relaxed and gentle tour will also treat you to the beautiful Cave of the Spirit where you will walk through an incredible succession of chambers to find speleothems, fossil remains of extinct moa and cathedrals filled with natural light, softly falling to the floor.

Ruakuri Cave Guided Tour

Ruakuri Cave Guided Tour

Ruakuri cave features amazing cave formations and underground secrets and the guided tour offers a comprehensive experience.

Winding passageways, vast echoing caverns, deep crevices and the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls bring a different energy and character to Ruakuri. Be led along narrow corridors and across low-lit walkways suspended high above the river, sometimes glimpsing the black water rafters on the Huhunui River below. Tours of Ruakuri take two hours and offer Waitomo's longest guided walking tour along 1.6km of cave passages where you marvel at the interesting formations in this living work of nature. 

Waitomo Adventures: Lost World Through The Window

Waitomo Adventures: Lost World Through The Window

A cross between a bridge climb and an eco-zip tour....but much much higher and in the incomparable Lost World setting. This adventure will complement the two existing options at Lost World where (until now) visitors needed to abseil 100m before taking different routes traversing the deepest levels of the cave system. Now you simply walk in on a staircase attached to a sheer cliff face. When the stairs run out in thin air you use two tyroleans (similar to a zip line) to continue along upper levels of the cave.

Waitomo Triple Cave Combo - Glowworm, Ruakuri and Aranui Caves

Waitomo Triple Cave Combo - Glowworm, Ruakuri and Aranui Caves

Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flow into delicate shawl-like formations. Nearby, at the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, thousands of tiny glow worms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. You'll also see a deep limestone shaft and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless. Take a journey through the forest to magnificent Aranui Cave. With a natural cave entrance, it is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. Take pictures of the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.

Glowing Adventures Off the Beaten Track Eco Tour

Glowing Adventures Off the Beaten Track Eco Tour

On this incredible eco-tour the knowledgeable guides will escort you through beautiful native New Zealand forest and into the untouched caves of the Waitomo district. Here you will move slowly through the caves, enjoying, exploring, and taking in the surroundings, including the mesmerising glow worm displays.

Haggas Honking Holes

Haggas Honking Holes

This is Waitomo's most concentrated Action Adventure. Feel like Indiana Jones in a washing machine. Do a series of abseils, rock climbs, crawling and cruising as you explore this fabulous cave. Haggas Honking Holes is very exciting fast moving action. It's an adventure that crams lots of action into only 4 hours. See unique formations and glowworms close up. Participants should be fit and brave but no prior experience is required. Full training and equipment is supplied. Allow 4 hours for this trip, including 2 hours underground. Enjoy a hot shower before heading back to Waitomo.

Waitomo Adventures St Benedicts Caverns

Waitomo Adventures St Benedicts Caverns

Exciting, beautiful, challenging, but surprisingly gentle. This trip includes abseiling (rappelling) a total of 65m in two parts, zipping down an underground flying fox, walking and scrambling through the prettiest piece of known cave in NZ. Suits a wide range of people. See the rock that Billy Connolly Licked!

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