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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Nature
“So many things to do, white water rafting, caving, treks, guide tours, underground boat ride to see magnificent glow worms”
  • 22 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand. This cave is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave. This is a 2.45 hour drive to the location.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Zoo
“'The Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park has been breeding Kiwi since 1971. The not-for-profit wildlife and conservation centre displays Kiwi birds all day in special nocturnal houses and breeds rare and endangered native New Zealand birds and reptiles. The family-friendly Park offers close up viewing of NZ's national bird, the Kiwi. The rare and iconic birds are housed in specialised nocturnal houses complete with burrow cameras. There are also ponds, wetland areas and walk-through aviaries, including a giant dome aviary. Open daily, except Christmas Day. All ticket sales are reinvested in the Park's wildlife & conservation work.'”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is a local favourite to watch passers by while enjoying a drink and something to eat with local flavour.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
“A fine dining award winning restaurant located in Waitomo Village. We recommend to book ahead ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“Must not miss while in the Waikato. Glow worms and amazing sights. 1hr drive from Blairgowrie House.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“If you love adventure then this is a must do. I just Love this place. It is a full day activity you can drive or buses leave to and from daily”
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Amazing caves a little further along than Waitomo Caves. Always good to get both experiences.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
“Local cafe with a lovely selection of cabinet food as well as a menu. Nice quality of food and to enjoy a long coffee stop”
  • 1 local recommends
Zoo
“Minigolf, batting and pitching machines, pro drive practice range and even paintball!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“A local company running tours through bush and the caves. They limit the number who go through making the tours very intimate.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“A fantastic place for a day trip; with different activities available depending on your level of physical challenge.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Gym
“Great pools for all ages on a hot day. One large pool that goes up to 3m deep as well as a smaller pool for younger children.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“Waitomo is famous for glow worms, caving and black water rafting. Is 1hr drive away.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great place if you go to Waitomo Caves and wish to have a bite to eat and a great craft beer brewed right behind Curlys bar. KCBC - great kiwi craft beer”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“This is a local favourite to watch passers by while enjoying a drink and something to eat with local flavour.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
“A fine dining award winning restaurant located in Waitomo Village. We recommend to book ahead ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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