Waitomo has built its reputation on the sheer beauty and scale of its subterranean landscape. But above ground Waitomo's attractions and recreational pursuits on offer are almost as impressive.
From taking a trek on horseback to experience some of New Zealand's most visually dramatic scenery, a new adventure is always at hand.
If you crave a change of pace, however, stop awhile and immerse yourself in the rich history of Waitomo at the local museum or explore some of the many free Department of Conservation walking tracks that take in the natural flora and fauna around Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Marakopa Falls and the Waitomo Walkway.
With such variety at hand, Waitomo is well worth taking a few days to discover properly.
Undulating green fields, tumbling waterfalls, spectacular rural vistas and, of course, its world renowned limestone formations and cave systems make Waitomo a destination like no other.
30 million years ago the entire Waitomo region lay far beneath the sea.
Today, both above and below ground, it stands as a revealing testament to a landmark period in New Zealand's and the world's natural history.
It is also a region that offers a multitude of recreational sightseeing and tourist attractions. So much so, that it's virtually impossible to take it all in over just one day.
So take two or even a few days and discover Waitomo at your own pace.