Top things to do

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…
Pub in Otorohanga

Thirsty Weta

Hearty meals including pizza, steak, burgers and quesadillas (mains $12 to $38). Later on a pub-meets-wine-bar ambience kicks off as the local musos plug in. It’s one of just a handful of places you’ll find craft be…
Cafe in Otorohanga

Origin Coffee Station

The folks at Origin are dead serious about coffee – sourcing, importing and roasting it themselves. They’re at the railway station, so if you time it right you could see the Northern Explorer pull up to the platform…
Supermarket in Otorohanga


There’s no supermarket at Waitomo Caves, so stock up en route to the caves in Otorohonga.
Memorial in Otorohanga

Ed Hillary Walkway

As well as the Kiwiana decorating the main street, the Ed Hillary Walkway (running off Maniapoto St) has information panels on the All Blacks, Marmite and, of course, Sir Ed.