Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre

A must see experience for every cave visitor

​The Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre's Museum of Caves hosts a comprehensive collection of items relating to the unique cultural, biological and geographical history of Waitomo Caves.


The Discovery Centre holds an extensive collection of fossil bird, bat and insect skeletons. They are an extremely valuable resource, and the Discovery Centre receives many requests for access to the collection from scientists wishing to study New Zealand's paleofaunal history.


The Discovery Centre's photographic collection contains many images from the early days of tourism in Waitomo.  They house a library collection on behalf of the Waitomo Caves Museum Society and the New Zealand Speleological Society.  This is a unique collection of theses and other research material, books, journals, maps and reprints.


The collection of caving memorabilia keeps you in touch with the stream of colourful, intrepid and very interesting people who have travelled from every corner of New Zealand and the world to explore the caves of Waitomo.  Some have stayed and settled here, others have moved on leaving a trail of old photos and discarded caving equipment.

For more information contact the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre:


Phone: 07 878 7640