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Relax, Celebrate and Enjoy the Waitomo

There are so many things to do in Waitomo you will wonder how you will fit it all in.

Where to eat in Waitomo

Options to cater all needs

We are a stones throw from the Tomo Bar and Eatery which is an authentic country pub offering local beer on tap, spirits, NZ wines and an off- licence, great food, wifi access, Sky Tv and pool table. The open fire provides a warming atmosphere in the cooler months.

We are 100 meters away from other village eateries. 

The Huhu restaurant offers a range of A la Carte menus, which are innovative, healthy, and appeal to a wide range of tastes. The Huhu has a good wine list and can provide special group dining for larger groups.

The General Store provides generous breakfast, lunch and dinner options and will also provide breakfast to your chalet door by prior arrangement for group bookings.

What to do in the Waitomo

Something for Everyone

Waitomo offers a multitude of recreational, sightseeing, and nature experiences. You may wish to consider more than one day to take in all that is on offer. 

Waitomo is home to many cave systems all offering something different with dramatic glowworm displays. The Waitomo Caves Isite is situated in the village and provides information on all the activities and attractions. 

Activities include:

  • Caving and cave tours
  • Zip lining
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tubing
  • Black water rafting
  • Abseiling

Free Nature Walks

Ruakuri Bush Walk starts 2k s from the Waitomo village and is a 45-minute walk.

Marokapa Falls Walk starts 29k from the village and is 15-minute walk to the claimed “most beautiful water falls in New Zealand”.

Waitomo Walkway starts in the village from the Waitomo Domain and takes one hour.

Mountain Biking Trails

Mountain Biking on Ngatapuwae Road, takes approximately 2 - 3 hours 

  • 3k of tarseal
  • 2k of gravel
  • 5k of single track) 

Bikes not available for rent, bring your own bikes and gear.

The Waitomo Caves Museum Society

The village Museum has a comprehensives collection of items relating to the unique cultural, biological and geological history of the Waitomo Caves. 

For at least 500 years Waitomo has been the home of Maori people descended from the Tainui Waka, which landed and is buried at Kawhia. The museum houses a small collection of everyday implements and taonga once belonging to these people. The photographic collection contains many images from the early days of Tourism in the three main tourist caves: Glowworm, Aranui and Ruakuri.

The large number of caves in the district has attracted scientific interest from the beginning of European visitation. There is an extensive collection of fossil bird, bat and insect skeletons uniquely preserved for thousands of years in the stable cave environment. The museum also holds many historic photographs of the farming sector, which has been a major contributor to the local economy along with Tourism.