April school holidays are around the corner and it’s time to suss out fun, family-friendly activities. Bonus points if it’s an NZ Must Do the kids will love. Once Easter’s done and dusted hunt for treasures of a different kind with a day trip to Waitomo Caves.
Hiding geological treasures and the all-famous glowworms, Waitomo’s underground terrain is what awesome day trips are made of. There’s enough variety make sure this Kiwi classic gets rave reviews from the whole family, whether you stroll through Waitomo Glowworm Caves or get the adrenaline pumping with Black Water Rafting. To make a glowing deal even brighter, you can save up to 51% off tours when you purchase one of our cave combos. Make a day of it: pick your underground adventure, take note of our easy local walks, pop the kids in the car and get ready for action-packed fun.
Any good Waitomo visit kicks off with NZ Must Do Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A unique geological wonder, it’s not only those small in size that get blown away by the cave’s enormous chambers and glowing boat ride. Spiral down the cave entrance to the Cathedral, a cavernous space where big and small voices can test out their vocal chords with the cave’s amazing acoustics. Onto the Glowworm Grotto the boat ride awaits. Float under the galaxy of sparkling light, stunning enough to silence even the chattiest of little ones.
Once the big-hitter has wowed the whole family, the world of Waitomo is your oyster with options to suit everyone. Black Water Rafting is a surefire way to boost enthusiasm levels of teens or other reluctant family-time fans (12 years of age and older). Helmets on heads, rubber tubes around the waist and expertly fun caving guides leading the way, the depths of Ruakuri Cave get turned into an epic underground playground.
If you’re liking the sound of cave exploration - minus the dose of adrenaline, then there’s also walking tours of Ruakuri Cave, no getting wet required, plus it’s pram and wheelchair accessible. If you’re after the hidden gem of the lineup, make a beeline for Aranui Cave. Packed with intricate limestone formations, it’s easy to cover in a quick visit, even if energy levels are starting to flail!
Once you’ve got your fix of underground wonders and stoked the energy levels with Waitomo’s great food and coffee options, take your pick of Waitomo’s beautiful walks. No long treks needed here, it’s an easy 10 minute walk to the spectacular sight of Marokopa Waterfall. Misty torrents hurl down the 35m drop and there’s a well placed viewing platform to get the perfect snap. Mangapohue Natural Bridge is another walk with excellent effort to wow-factor ratio. Five minutes along the pushchair friendly boardwalk gets you to the towering limestone arch, complete with a display of sizeable stalactites. Or to wrap up the day with a fitness fix opt for the 45 minute Ruakuri Walk. Crossing some of the area’s best native forest and rock formations, the walk isn’t difficult but will make sure the back seat crew are fast asleep once it’s time to hit the road home.
Ready to go with the glow and treat the whole family to an NZ Must Do this school holidays? Check out the awesome discounts on our cave combos and discover the best of Waitomo’s treasures.