Just one hours drive from Hamilton, the Waitomo region offers the visitor so many things to do with some of the best must-see natural activities and attractions in the North Island of New Zealand, all set in a unique environment combining numerous underground activities with above ground that provides two diverse landscapes.From spectacular underground caves to the wild west coast, offering an experience that is unlike any other.
The unique experiences on offer in Waitomo make it a real must do on any New Zealand itinerary, you can take a relaxing stroll through native forests, explore spectacular limestone landscapes, hire a bike and cycle along the Pureora Timber Trail, see stunning cave formations at Pirpiri cave and the 17 metre high limestone arch being the remains of an ancient cave system at the Mangapohue bridge walk and just 35 minutes drive from Waitomo village is the spectacular 35 metre high Morocopa Falls.
The Waitomo Caves is a subterranean paradise that offers a range of fantastic caving adventures to suit all ages and fitness levels. ‘Spellbound Tours’ and “Glowing Adventures” offer glowworm tours who will show you these fascinating and magical little larvae creatures, viewing them up close in the natural environment.
For the visitor seeking adventure there are a range of tours to choose from. Take a journey 100 meters below the surface of the earth to a forgotten world, abseiling slowly into the earths void experiencing the environment as it changes around you. or Tumu Tumu Toobing where you float through the caves on a inner tube that incorporates the best experiences of black water rafting, caving climbing and swimming all in one tour.
For Hobbit fans visit “Hairy Feet’ stunning Denize Bluff farm at Piopio where Sir Peter Jackson filmed the ‘Trollshaws Forest’ scenes for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Just a 100 kms away and a must do for visitors travelling around New Zealand is the famous film set of the Hobbit Movies that featured in The Lord of the Rings and The trilogy, directed by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson.
Explore where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. You will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth