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Other Activities

Things to do in Waitomo

Waitomo Caves and the surrounding area are packed with things to do and beautiful places to visit.

For the adventurous:

Tumu Tumu Toobing Black Water Rafting adventure
Haggas Honking Holes
Lost World – 4 hour tour

100 metre abseil (rappel) into the fabulous “Lost World” cavern

Lost World Epic – 7 hour tour

The ultimate caving adventure – 100 metre abseil & underground river caving adventure.

St Benedict’s Cavern

NZ’s prettiest cave – includes abseiling (rappelling) and a flying fox


Less adventurous (but still fun) things to do:

Woodlyn Park Kiwi Culture Show

A fun show for all the family just a few minutes from Waitomo Caves Village. Highlights New Zealand’s pioneering days and includes trained animals.

Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Enjoy the world famous Glowworm Grotto boat ride lit by countless glowworms.

Spellbound Glowworm Cave Eco-tours

A special 2-cave tour – The “Spellbound” Cave with a boat ride to view millions of glowworms illuminating the cave ceiling, plus a trip to the “Cave of the Spirits”

Ruakuri Scenic Reserve

(on Tumu Tumu Road, a few kilometers west of Waitomo). One of the best short walks in New Zealand.

Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walkway

West of Waitomo on the road to Te Anga. The remnants of a limestone cave forms a stunning natural arched “bridge” complete with fossilized oysters.

Altura Park

(4 kms from Waitomo Caves Villlage)
Horse treks, show gardens & Wildlife Park

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

The most comprehensive private collection of native birds in New Zealand and the best place to see our iconic national bird, the kiwi. (15 minute drive from Waitomo).

Pureora Forest Park

(on State Highway 30 between Te Kuiti and Rotorua)
Allow yourselves a full day to visit this unique area in the heart of the North Island, NZ.

  • Bird Tower – experience the local bird life high up in the canopy of the native forest.
  • Mountain Biking – ride the Timber Trail through bush covered hills and across deep gorges. Features over 50 bridges, including 8 large suspended bridges (the longest – 140 metres)
  • “Pa Harakere” Centre showcases Maori culture, life & traditions
Golf

18-hole beautifully manicured golf courses set in green, rolling, picturesque countryside.

  • Waitomo Golf Course on State Highway 3 just south of Otorohanga
  • Piopio Golf Course on State Highway 3 just north of Piopio
Hunting & Fishing

(10 minute drive from Waitomo)
Recreational hunting and fishing are popular pastimes in both the Tawarau and Waipuna Forests.

Tawarau has a small number of goats, pigs and possum and a few deer. The Department of Conservation undertakes goat control in both forests.

You need a permit to carry a rifle or hunting bow, or to take a hunting dog onto the conservation land. Permits and further information can be obtained from the DOC Maniapoto Area Office in Te Kuiti or online at www.doc.govt.nz/hunting

Rainbow Trout are present in the Tawarau River and Mangaohae Stream. All trout fishing requires a licence, which can be obtained from the Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Council and most sports shops during the trout fishing season.