The Waitomo District takes in the caves themselves and surrounding towns like Te Kuiti and Piopio. The word Waitomo comes from the Māori for water (wai) and entrance or hole (tomo) and succinctly describes the caves themselves but doesn’t encapsulate the beauty and adventure hidden in these caves.
The Waitomo Caves are a firm favourite amongst tourists offering gentle meanders through glow worm laden caves to adrenaline packed black water rafting. Black water rafting is floating on an inner tube on streams that run through the limestone caves of Waitomo, suspended in the darkness your other senses take over giving participants a thrill. Other caves are open for walking tours so everyone can examine the limestone formations, the Ruakuri cave being wheelchair and stroller accessible which means Waitomo offers something for everyone.
Drive another 37km's and on your left you'll discover the magnificent Marokapa Falls, truly one on New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls. A small carpark lets you safely park and a short 15 minute walk gets you to the viewing platform - don't forget to take your camera!