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Waitomo

The area of Waitomo, which is a Maori word made up of two parts. ‘Wai’ which translates as water and ‘tomo’ which means entrance or hole. Waitomo can be translated as the ‘stream which flows into the hole in the ground’. This meaning is reflected through its fantastic geological history and landscape, however it also has a rich tourism and cultural history. As a region it is one of New Zealand’s original tourist destinations.
From lush green hills, to limestone outcrops,undulating rivers, native flora and fauna and 30 million year old fossils, there is plenty to discover.
Undulating green fields, tumbling waterfalls,spectacular rural vistas and, of course, its world renowned limestone formations and cave systems make Waitomo a destination like no other for a family holiday.

Fifteen minutes from Otorohanga is the area of Waitomo.

Waitomo can be translated as the ‘stream which flows into the hole in the ground.’ This meaning is reflected through its fantastic geological history and landscape. It is also one of New Zealand’s original tourist destination. Visitors flock to explore the underground wonderland of caves, subterranean streams and amazing limestone formations. There are walks, boat trips and the collections of glow worms to marvel at. The adrenaline junkies can indulge in black water rafting, abseiling, waterfall jumping and ziplining.

This makes it a place for the whole family, grandparents to kids!

  • Otorohanga Holiday Park

    Otorohanga Holiday Park has a range of accommodation options, from fully self contained units to camp sites.

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  • Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

    During the summer of 1969/70 in Otorohanga a chemist, a bricklayer and a locum doctor found that they shared a dream.

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  • Roselands Restaurant Waitomo

    Roselands Restaurant Waitomo is NZ's premier BBQ Experience & NZ's only Qualmark Endorsed restaurant.

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  • Spellbound Glowworm Tours

    Spellbound is Waitomo’s biggest and brightest glowworm show.

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  • Waitomo Adventures

    THE most amazing New Zealand caving adventures are right here in our very own Waitomo Caves area.

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  • Waitomo Caves

    Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a world renowned spot known for its high population of glowworms which serve to beautifully illuminate the caves.

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  • Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park

    Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park is an award winning park within walking distance to the glow-worm caves and all Waitomo's activities.

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