Top Choice Cave in Waitomo Caves

Glowworm Cave

The guided tour of the Glowworm Cave, which is behind the visitor centre, leads past impressive stalactites and stalagmites into a large cavern known as the Cathedral. The highlight comes at the tour’s end when you …
Top Choice Gardens in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens

Spread over 50 hectares southeast of the city centre, Hamilton Gardens incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, …
Top Choice Museum in Hamilton

Waikato Museum

The excellent Waikato Museum has five main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Māori treasures, including the magnificently carved waka taua (war canoe), Te Winikawaka; a W…
Top Choice Museum in Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu Museum

Te Awamutu Museum has a superb collection of Māori taonga (treasures) and an excellent display on the Waikato War. The highlight is the revered Te Uenuku (‘The Rainbow’), an ancient Māori carving estimated to be up …
Top Choice Mine in Thames

Goldmine Experience

Walk through a mine tunnel, watch a stamper battery crush rock, learn about the history of the Cornish miners and try your hand at panning for gold ($2 extra).
Museum in Waihi & Waihi Beach

Gold Discovery Centre

Waihi’s superb new Gold Discovery Centre tells the area’s gold-mining past, present and future through interactive displays, focusing on the personal and poignant to tell interesting stories. Holograms and short mov…
Film Location in Matamata

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Due to copyright, all the movie sets around NZ were dismantled after the filming of The Lord of the Rings, but Hobbiton’s owners negotiated to keep their hobbit holes, which were then rebuilt for the filming of The …
Cave in Waitomo Caves

Ruakuri Cave

Ruakuri Cave has an impressive 15m-high spiral staircase, bypassing a Māori burial site at the cave entrance. Tours lead through 1.6km of the 7.5km system, taking in caverns with glowworms, subterranean streams and …
Visitor Centre in Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre

The big-three Waitomo Caves are all operated by the same company, based at the spectacular Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre (behind the Glowworm Cave). Various combo deals are available, including a Triple Cave Combo (a…
Zoo in Otorohanga

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

This bird barn has a nocturnal enclosure where you can see active kiwi energetically digging with their long beaks, searching for food. This is one of the only places where you can see a great spotted kiwi, the bigg…