The Waitomo Caves are a village and limestone cave system forming a major tourist attraction in the southern Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand, 12 kilometres northwest of Te Kuiti.
Geological and volcanic activity has created around 300 known limestone caves in the Waitomo region over the last 30 million years.
The most visited part of the system is home of the Waitomo glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, which is unique to New Zealand.
A number of companies specialise in leading tourists through the caves of the area, from easily accessible areas with hundreds of tourists per hour in the peak season, to extreme sports-like crawls into cave systems which are only seen by a few tourists each day. Black water rafting, abseiling, rock climbing and horse trekking are also popular in the area.
A visit to Waitomo Caves is Number 14 amongst AA Travel's 101 Kiwi must-do's.
In the centre of Waitomo Caves Village & 500m from the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, The Waitomo Caves Museum explains how caves and karst (limestone landscapes) are formed, what is found in them, and the general world of speleology (the science of caves). A 17 minute multi-media show about the NZ Glowworm (Arachnocapma luminosa), in a comfortable theatre. There is also an extensive library and cave research facilities.
With so much to offer and so many opportunities it’s great to know that you can use an official Visitor Information Network Centre. Just look for the i-SITE sign, where our friendly and professional staff will provide you with free information on all activities above and below ground. We also have a comprehensive range of accommodation available.
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As an official member of the Visitor Information Network Waitomo Caves i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is dedicated to providing you with accurate, objective information on all the activities and accommodation available to make your stay in the Waitomo Caves area memorable.