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 …
Museum in Kawhia

Kawhia Regional Museum & Gallery

Kawhia’s modest waterside museum has local history, nautical and Māori artefacts, and regular art exhibitions. It doubles as the visitor information centre.
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…
Cave in Waitomo Caves

Aranui Cave

Three kilometres west from the Glowworm Cave is Aranui Cave. This cave is dry (hence no glowworms) but compensates with an incredible array of limestone formations. Thousands of tiny ‘straw’ stalactites hang from th…
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 …
Museum in Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre

Adjoining the Waitomo i-SITE, the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre has excellent exhibits explaining how caves are formed, the flora and fauna that thrive in them, and the history of Waitomo’s caves and cave explorati…
Museum in Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau

Tainui Historical Society Museum

Mokau’s interesting Tainui Historical Society Museum has old photographs and artefacts from when this once-isolated outpost was a coal and lumber shipping port for settlements along the river.
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…
Film Location in Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau

Hairy Feet Waitomo

Detour at Pio Pio northwest to the Mangaotaki valley and Hairy Feet Waitomo, one of NZ’s most interesting Middle-earth–themed film location attractions. Scenes from The Hobbit were filmed here with a background of t…
Beach in Kawhia

Ocean Beach

Four kilometres west of Kawhia is Ocean Beach and its high, black-sand dunes. Swimming can be dangerous, but one to two hours either side of low tide you can find the Te Puia Hot Springs in the sand – dig a hole for…