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Waitomo & Otorohanga (King Country) Visitor Attractions

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Lost World TourLost World Tour – 4 Hours
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(30 minute drive)
Slowly abseil (rappel) 100metres into the Lost World, secured to your guide abseiling alongside. After the half hour descent, you return to the surface though another spectacular dry cavern.

 

Lost World EpicLost World Epic – 7 hours
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(30 minute drive)
The Ultimate Adventure – 100-metre abseil into the surreal Lost World cavern followed by lunch underground. Then it's upstream - walking, swimming & climbing through cathedral-size vaults with waterfalls, ancient whalebones & oyster fossils, plus magnificent glowworms. The trip ends with a hot shower & BBQ dinner.

     

St Benedict's CavernSt Benedict's Cavern
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(30 minute drive)
St Benedict's includes 2 abseils & a spectacular underground flying fox. It's regarded by many as NZ’s prettiest cave. A relatively gentle & dry trip, not too cold & wet, but lots of activity and fun.

 

Black water raftingThe Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
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(30 minute drive)
Cave tubing or black water rafting is uniquely New Zealand experience. It involves the use of an inflated rubber inner tube to weave, jump & gently float your way through glowworm-lit Ruakuri Cave.

» At a Relaxed Pace

Farm walks on Kamahi farmKamahi farm walks
[Free attraction]
Choose one of the walking trails across our beautiful hilltop farm.
» View our farm walking trails here

 

Kamahi's landscaped gardensKamahi Garden
[Free attraction]
Kamahi has 3 acres of landscaped gardens, with panoramic views, BBQ facilities & children's play equipment. We also belong to a group of beautiful private gardens open to visit and can arrange tours for you.
» view our own gardens in the Photo Gallery

     

Evan's Kamahi farm tourFarm Tour
Take a scenic farm tour & drive through our family farm with Evan as your guide ($50 per tour – subject to Evan's availability). August to October are the months for newborn lambs.
» view Kamahi Farm in our Photo Gallery

 

Trout fishing in Waipa RiverTrout Fishing
We can arrange expertly guided trout fishing expeditions in local rivers during the fishing season (October–June). All equipment provided. Ideal for all skill levels – novice to experts.
» comprehensive information about Waipa River trout fishing

     

Kiwi birds at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird ParkOtorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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(15 minute drive)
See NZ's iconic Kiwi bird, plus a great range of native birds & reptiles in an intimate bush park setting.

 

Corrugated iron Kiwi in OtorohangaOtorohanga township
(15 minute drive)
New Zealand's official Kiwiana Town "(often called 'Oto' by locals) is a friendly, easy-going farming community and the perfect example of the Kiwi icon that is the one street town. Decorated with murals and displays of other Kiwiana, including the All Blacks, sheep, Maori carvings, gumboots, Anchor butter and pavlova." (Lonely Planet 2006). Great shopping, food and freshly roasted coffee at the Origin Coffee Company (www.origincoffee.co.nz)

     

Ed Hillary Walkway OtorohangaEd Hillary Walkway – Otorohanga
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[Free attraction] (15 minute drive)
A 'gallery' of Kiwiana displays showcasing NZ's popular culture, history, heroes and icons. A great free attraction right in Otorohanga's main street (next to the ANZ Bank).

 

Waitomo Golf ClubWaitomo Golf Course
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(20 minute drive)
The Waitomo Golf Course (par 72) off State Highway 3 welcomes visitors. There is no handicap required & charges are: Green fees: Non-affiliated $40.00, Affiliated $30.00 (Carts, clubs, bags & trundlers are all available for hire through the Golf Shop).
» To check availability phone: 07 873 7978

     

Ruakuri cave walkwayRuakuri Cave
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(30 minute drive)
Enter the unique 'Drum Entrance' & descend via a breathtaking spiral walkway on a 1.6 kilometre guided tour. Ruakuri is New Zealand's longest underground guided walking tour.

 

Ruakuri walkRuakuri Scenic Reserve walk
[Free attraction] (35 minute drive)
» Wonderful walks in the Waitomo & King Country region
You can also download a brochure about Waitomo walking trails & natural attractions here

     

Spellbound Eco-TourSpellbound Eco-Tour
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(30 minute drive)
A 3-hour eco-tour of the glowworm paradise that is the Mangawhitikau Cave, plus Te Ana o te Atua (the Cave of the Spirit). Safe, friendly, informative & suitable for all ages.

 

Waitomo walkwayWaitomo Walkway
[Free attraction] (30 minute drive)
The 4 kilometre walk starts at Waitomo Village, traverses the classic limestone landscape & follows the Waitomo Stream through forest & open farmland. It ends at the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, with toilet & car parking facilities at both ends.

     

Waitomo Glow Worm Cave
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(30 minute drive)
Waitomo's original & world famous glowworm experience. A 45-minute guided tour through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery ending with a boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.

 

Billy Black's Kiwi Culture ShowWoodlyn Park's Pioneer Show
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(30 minute drive)
Daily at 1:30pm. Great family entertainment – a fun-filled demonstration of New Zealand's pioneering days.

     

Altura Horse TreksAltura Horse Treks, Gardens & Wildlife Park
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(30 minute drive)
Awesome horse treks over some of New Zealand’s most stunning countryside, plus a picturesque wildlife park amongst the limestone rocks of Waitomo. Enjoy loads of interaction with 85 different sorts of friendly birds and animals. Wonderful for children.

 

Mangapohue natural bridgeMangapohue Natural Limestone Bridge walkway
[Free attraction] (45 minute drive)
Situated five kilometres past the Appletree Road turn-off. The 17-metre high limestone arch, which spans Mangapohue Stream, is all that remains of an ancient cave system.

     

Piripiri-CavePiripiri Cave
[Free attraction] (50 minute drive)
Four kilometres past the Mangapohue Bridge. The cave is not operated commercially so you will need a torch and good boots, as the cave floor is slippery.

 

Marokopa FallsMarokopa Falls
[Free attraction] (50 minute drive)
20 minute return walk to the spectacular 36-metre waterfalls two kilometres past the Piripiri Cave. The falls are among the most beautiful in the country. Don't forget your camera!

     

Hot Water BeachKawhia & Aotea on the beautiful West Coast
[Free attraction] (1 hour drive) Fabulous scenery, dramatic black iron sand beaches, fishing, boat trips & the amazing Hot Water Beach at Kawhia – go at low tide, (we'll give you a spade) & dig your own hot pool!

» click here to discover Waitomo's Sunset Coast Secrets

 

 

Have fun with this map of Waitomo & Otorohanga attractions – click on the icons, zoom in and out to find your way around our local attractions and beauty spots:

CommunityWalk Map - Waitomo & Otorohanga (New Zealand) Attractions