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This grand historic hotel is situated on a hill overlooking Waitomo Village and the famous Waitomo Caves. Very beautiful hotel, comfortable room, nice staff; good to have a modern jacuzzi pool which opened until 9pm.
Located in Waitomo Caves, Abseil Inn features free WiFi, 300 metres from Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. There is a fully equipped private bathroom with shower and a hair dryer. Lovely hosts! Beautiful rooms and an amazing view. The perfect stay for when you want to explore the area and visit the waitomo caves.
Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge is located in the centre of Waitomo Caves Village. The owners were very nice and told us about a night walk where we could see glowworms in the woods (even gave us a map and torches for the walk). Breakfest was superb and the view was beautiful!
Just 600 metres from the famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, this award-winning holiday park features a large swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, BBQ area and a children’s playground with trampoline. The overall experience was amazing. The campsite was so clean and well maintained. The facilities nearby were top class
Set on 2500 acres, Waitomo Boutique Lodge boasts panoramic views of the Coromandel Ranges and Ngauruhoe ski fields. Guests enjoy free cooked breakfast and free W-Fi. Very charming house in the middle of a massive property. Everything is nice and cosy. My cottage was very calm and very well done. Comfort is great too (bed). Morning breakfast is huge and so good, made by the owner. I was alone but i recommend this cottage to couple....very romantic. The view is stunning over this region (if clear weather, you can see even Coromandel or Tangariro) and above the hills far away. More than everything, the very warm welcoming of the 2 owners was incredible. So nice and friendly people...and i may say that after touring in NZ, the Kiwis people is very friendly...go there!
Located within 1.4 km of Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, JunoHall Backpackers in Waitomo Caves features a number of amenities including a tennis court. We were welcomed like a part of the family, I loved helping feed the lambs, and giving the pigs a scratch. My love of coffee was recognized, and met. I would live here if I could!
Set in Te Kuiti, The Loft at Te Kumi Tirohanga provides accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi. The farm stay has river views and is 17 km from Waitomo Caves. It was an amazing spot, high on the hills just out of Te Kuiti township. The hosts were very helpful and the accomodation was comfortable, warm and spotless. The farm animals and dogs were a real highlight. There were special touches like home baking and chocolates.
Just 5 minutes’ drive from the Waitomo Caves, Caves Motor Inn offers rooms with a private balcony and satellite TV. Very good meal at the on site restaurant. Very considerate to provide ear plugs
Situated on 20-acres of farmland in Hangatiki, Waitomo Farmstay boasts 2 self-contained cottages 8 km from Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Loved, loved this home. It was in a fantastic location, just down the road from the caves. The home was very comfortable with heating and electric blankets. Great facilities within the home. It was amazing to be able to walk freely around the farm to visit all the animals- pigs, sheep, cows and a lot more. The outlook from the home was unbeatable. Close proximity to shops- restaurants, supermarket, anything you could need. I would definitely recommend this farmstay- the best accommodation I booked for our trip throughout the north island of New Zealand.
The Greenhouse Getaway is set in Otorohanga and offers a garden and a terrace. Guests may enjoy free WiFi. Amazing, the house was pre heated by the owners with a roaring fire and extra logs available. Heaters all over so in the middle of winter it was ideal. So much space and so well appointed we regretted only spending one night. We had a walk around the property in the morning looking at the animals and amazing views. There is even a kids play room next to the house. Couldnt be happier.
Cool haunted hotel with amazing art covering the walls of maori leaders and family. They have two great spa pools which are pretty big and fancy with all their changing lights and bubbles. The caves themselves were awesome although our guide was pretty bland and with little enthusiasm staged all our photos through the caves which no one on the trip was impressed with. Overall a fun and exciting experience
Gloworms and main cave impressive but the guided tour was shorter than expected and it was a little like a production line. In/out, exit through the gift shop and pressure to buy a contrived photo you didn't ask to be taken. Also as you approach Waitomo there are many confusing signs about where to buy tickets and an overall information panel explaining all the differences would have been helpful.
I loved the caves! The Waitomo Caves were a big highlight of our trip, they were truly a natural wonder. I would highly recommend this for couples but be aware that you will want to make sure you get to sit next to your partner on the boat ride as it could be easy to end up being in different boats -if necessary hang back and let someone else take your seat then jump in the next one together :)
Great experience very interesting! The main glow worm cave was very touristy which is a shame. The boat trip was amazing for the shear number of glow worms though the site in itself I would not visit again. The other caves were great and the night walk, beautiful!
Waitomo Caves are awesome. We stayed two nights which was perfect- you can spend the whole day at the caves and it's nice not to have to travel afterwards. We saw all three caves - Waitomo (with the boat), Ruakuri then Aranui. If I was going again I would start with Ruakuri, then do Aranui, then the cave with the boats. Ruakuri takes an hour and a half to walk. Allow an hour for Aranui so you're not rushed, because it's spectacular. Don't miss that one just cause it's third on all the lists! Thank you to our guide Danny, who was awesome. I would do the boat cave last just cause then you'd end your day with the magical boat trip looking up at the glow worms. My husband did the Black Water Caving Abyss experience and he absolutely loved it as he's an adventure bunny. Said it was comparable to bunjee jumping and those other classic NZ adventure experiences. Our daughter - 7yo - found Ruakuri a bit long, another good reason to do it first or even on a separate day. She wasn't scared in any of the caves though. There is no supermarket at Waitomo so if you're in a holiday park, get what you need at Otorohanga first. Though it's only a 10 min drive away. We stayed in a chalet at the Waitomo Top 10 holiday park - perfect for families. We had a meal out at the Thirsty Weta in Otorohanga as the restaurants in Waitomo were a little pricy for our budget (and it was delicious and friendly there). There are lots of nature walks around too, but we didn't do any as it poured with rain! We drove down from Auckland, and stopped off at the Hamilton Gardens for a good two hours- would recommend as they're amazing. The caves really are spectacular. I'm so glad we went.
While the Glowworm cave was the main attraction for the caves, if your time was limited I would skip it and go on irakuari ( maybe wrong spelling) cave tour as it had glow or s, active stalagmites and stalactites and a stream with small waterfalls that sounded gigantic because of the acoustics of the cave. We bought a 3 cave combo and completed all 3 in one afternoon. If we had arrived earlier we would have had time to do the evening walk (free) by the river which was highly recommended by the guides
8.1 Very good 419 reviews
There really are not too many options for the town in the area of hotels. Glow Worms motel was perfectly clean and the caretaker was great in giving us wonderful ideas of where to go hiking to see the glow worms - she even gave us flashlights - torches - to light our way. Our hotel room was HUGE but very dated. The kitchen was wonderful.
8.8 Fabulous 503 reviews
This is a nice hostel in a great location if you’re looking to explore the Waitomo caves and area. There is a hilarious farm next door that has a pig, a deer, a cow, three goats and several sheep in the field that overlooks the hostel parking lot. There is also a nice outdoor porch that is comfortable to hang out on.
8.3 Very good 215 reviews
This hotel was so unique! It was a fun experience to sleep in a ship! It was beautiful to wake up to cows and sheep in the fields surrounding the hotel. It was also really close to Waitomo glow worm caves!
7.1 Good 1,600 reviews
The building was beautiful, the location was fabulous and the view from the hotel window was amazing. Pancakes at breakfast were beautifully presented.
9.0 Superb 576 reviews
Great location for a family vacation. Waitomo is a small town with some fun outdoor activities including Waitomo Caves & Blackwater Rafting.
9.3 Superb 978 reviews
The quaintness, Mr. Thomas the cat, Lynn the wife was very sweet and social, choices at breakfast.
7.7 Good 422 reviews
Good size and well located. Good breakfast options (at additional cost).
9.0 Superb 152 reviews
Big eating area and great breakfast and very approachable hosts.
9.2 Superb 30 reviews
Breakfast was amazing. Very friendly and helpful hosts!