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Waitomo Cave New Zealand Travel Information

The world famous Waitomo Cave is one of New Zealand's premier travel destinations, having attracted millions of tourists worldwide, since established over a hundred years ago.

Located in the heart of the fascinating King Country, the region offers a multitude of tourism and adventure activities, including: blackwater rafting, caving expeditions, abseiling, Kiwi culture shows and quad-biking, just to name a few.

Waitomo Cave is well known for its stalagmite and stalactite displays, which adorn the massive subterranean caverns. Thousands, if not millions of glow worms add their presence to the eerie labyrinth.

Waitomo in Maori, means water hole and can be translated as the 'stream which flows into the hole in the ground'.

According to a survey done by the AA (Automobile Association), taken by over 20,000 people, the Waitomo caves was voted as one of the Top 20 visitor attractions in New Zealand.

Placed at number 14th in the AA's search for the "number one Kiwi must-do experience", the caves scored 8.4 out of 10 and was described as "a fabulous lost world. Both eerie and captivating".

Access to the caves is convenient, with Auckland only 3 hours drive away and Hamilton only 1 hour. The surrounding towns are Te Kuiti and Otorohanga, which offer excellent shopping.

If you have time to spare, then a trip to the beautiful, coastal towns of Kawhia and Aotea, only a scenic hours drive away, is well worth the time and effort.

There you can find natural hotpools bubbling out of the oceanbeach sands, heritage cruises and one of the best horseback riding adventures in the country.

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