Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The area's name comes from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole). More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now, these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.
The easiest way to see the Waitomo Caves is with a walking or boat tour. If you’re into adventure, try the unique experience of Black Water Rafting - you'll crawl, swim and float through the caves on a rubber tube. Or you could abseil or zip-line through the darkness. However you choose to explore Waitomo Caves, you're bound to agree they're a wonder of nature. There is as much to see and experience above ground as there is below. Enjoy good cafes and walks as well as natural wonders including the beautiful Marokopa Falls and limestone Mangapohue bridge. A walkway beginning near the Waitomo Museum of Caves leads through farmland where you'll see fascinating rock forms.