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    Underground Adventure

    "Lost World" is just one of Waitomo's amazing caving adventures. Abseil (rappel) into a magical underground world for the experience of a life time

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    Black Water Rafting

    Float in inner tubes along underground streams, glide through glowworm caverns, climb up waterfalls... Black Water Rafting is an experience you will never forget

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    Kiwiana

    Otorohanga is NZ's official "Kiwiana Town" just 15 minutes north of Waitomo. Check out the "Ed Hillary Walkway" of Kiwiana displays in the main street. The iconic Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is worth visiting too!

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    Natural beauty

    Visit the spectacular Mangapohue Natural Bridge near Waitomo

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    Glowworms

    Waitomo is famous for its glowworm caves. Many have stunning displays of Arachnocampa luminosa (native NZ glowworms) living on cave walls, ceilings, and stalactites. (Their clear blue/green light is called "bioluminescence")

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    Walking Trails

    Follow the loop track at Waitomo's Ruakuri Scenic Reserve - it's one of New Zealand's best short walks by day or night! (Take a flashlight in the evening & see glowworms clustered on the rock faces)

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    Natural beauty

    View the 35-metre high Marokopa Falls, 30 minutes west of Waitomo

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    West Coast Beaches

    Drive west from Waitomo or Otorohanga to beautiful, unspoilt West Coast iron sand beaches at Kawhia, Marokopa & Kiritehere

What’s on offer in (and close to) Waitomo: