About Waitomo & the Caves

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​​​​About Waitomo, New Zealand​

​Waitomo is a Maori word made up of two parts. 'Wai' which translates as water and 'tomo' which means entrance or hole. Waitomo can be translated as the 'stream which flows into the hole in the ground'. This meaning is reflected through its fantastic geological history and landscape, however it also has a rich tourism and cultural history. As a region it is one of New Zealand's original tourist destinations.

The Waitomo District, encompassing the ​main town and service centre of Te Kuiti and the townships of Waitomo, Mokau, PioPio, Awakino, Marokopa and Benneydale amongst others, is home to around 9,700 people. The prosperous local economy is built around tourism, farming, mining and forestry.

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Getting to Waitomo

Waitomo is located within a short distance from North Island's main centres. Find out more about bus tours, rental cars and campervans.

Waitomo Restaurants & Cafes

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves Restaurant seats up to 250 people and boasts a delicious menu for all tastes. The café upstairs provides a selection of tasty snacks with coffee.

Waitomo Accommodation

​​​​​​Need to book accommodation in Waitomo? Find out more and book online for you next NZ adventure.​

About Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a world renowned spot known for its high population of glowworms which serve to beautifully illuminate the caves.

Conference & Event Venues

The Waitomo conference centre caters for between 12 and 300 people, and is appropriate for weddings, seminars, private functions and corporate events.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre

The unique Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre features innovative criss crossed roof and world class facilities to enhance your overall Waitomo experience.


Explore Waitomo on foot and take in the natural flora and fauna on one of the many superb walking tracks in the area.


Try the Waitomo Caves Gift Shop for souvenirs to remind you of your time with us & see what’s on at our theatre to learn something special about Waitomo Caves.