Kamahi Cottage is a private, romantic, country cottage and NZ's only 5-Star farm stay. It's 30 minutes from the Waitomo Caves and 15 minutes from Otorohanga (the closest town to Waitomo).
The self-contained Bed & Breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway, a honeymoon stay or just a stress-free break. It has panoramic views and is surrounded by a lovely country garden.
- Gourmet breakfasts are included in the rates. We offer a continental selection, plus a large range of cooked options. Breakfast can be delivered to the cottage or served in the main house at any time that suits guests.
- Stylish downstairs lounge & dining area with sound system, CD collection, TV/DVD, reading material & complimentary mini bar.
- Fully equipped kitchenette for any extra self-catering you might like to do.
- Upstairs bedroom with queen-size bed, pure cotton linens, top quality furnishings and stunning views.
- Spacious, modern bathroom with robes, slippers, hair dryer, exclusive complimentary toiletries & heated towel rail.
- Luxury sofa-sleeper downstairs that converts to a comfortable queen bed for 2 extra guests (children are welcome).
- Fresh flowers, coffee & tea assortments, home baking, port & schnapps are always provided.
- Private dinners are available by prior arrangement (wide range of menu options - extra costs apply).
- Hammock chairs on the veranda for relaxing and enjoying the panoramic views.
Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours
On a Spellbound Tour we visit two wonderful caves.
In the first, see glowworms close up to discover their real identities. Then board a raft to experience a spellbinding drift down the mysterious cave river. Sit beneath the closest, densest and most sweeping glowworm display you could wish for. Lots of time is taken; you can truly enjoy one of nature's greatest light spectacles.
Our second cave is approached via a scenic gorge path retracing a lost river. At the cave we turn on soft lighting and introduce you to the ancient world of the Cave of the Spirit. Be prepared to be surprised by this cave.
- Small group tours - no crowds.
- Walks in a beautiful and intriguing farm and limestone setting.
- Transport from Waitomo Caves is included.
- Light refreshments.
- Great guides.
- Photographic opportunities.
Freephone (NZ only) 0800 773 552
Postal address: PO Box 4, Waitomo Caves Village
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Marvel at the amazing limestone formations created by Mother Nature. Glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto, your way lit by a myriad of tiny glowworm lights glittering, glimmering and reflecting off the water.
Your guided tour will take you through stunning underground scenery commencing with the magnificent 'Cathedral'. The acoustics in this cave are world-renowned. Acclaimed New Zealand Opera Diva, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has sung here and was delighted with the purity of the sound.
The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene atmosphere and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way. Your experienced tour guide will deliver a highly informative commentary sharing stories, cultural legends and the natural history of this awe-inspiring region of Waitomo.
NZ Freephone: 0800 456 922
Roselands Farm & Garden Restaurant
Roselands is New Zealand’s leading Barbeque and Buffet Restaurant. Peacefully nestled amongst native bush and lush farm land and only 3km from Waitomo Caves Village.
Open from 9am daily. We offer morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Small to large group catering, walk-ins welcome. Specialty catering - weddings, birthdays, special occasions and work functions.
We offer the opportunity to dine outside, either on the decks or under our spectacular old cherry tree. This blooms in October and makes a picturesque setting. Over summer it provides a cool shady place to dine and enjoy the views of the surrounding award-winning gardens and native bush teaming with bird life.
Or dine indoors and enjoy the elevated views from the large windows in the main dining room. On those cooler days cosy up next to the wood burner in our smaller dining area.
Our restaurant has two dining rooms - the main dining room seats 150 people and the adjoining dining room seats 100 people. There is outdoor seating for 90 people. We are perfectly suited as a wedding venue and offer special menus plus equipment hire. Our premises are fully licenced and we proudly stock a great selection of premium wines as well as New Zealand beers and soft drinks.
Family activities, accommodation, established gardens and native bush walk onsite. Try adding some of the activities below (we offer combo rates for these too).
- Farm Park – Feed and pet the friendly farm animals.
- Angora Rabbit Shearing Show – 11.30am daily (subject to availability).
- Win $1000! - A hole-in-one golf challenge to test your skills for a chance to win $1000! or a FREE meal or $30 gift shop voucher.
- Scenic Helicopter Flights – See Waitomo from above
Ruakuri Scenic Reserve
The Ruakuri Bushwalk is a beautiful loop track (30 minutes return) through limestone outcrops, caves, tunnels and native forest. The track descends into the Ruakuri Natural Tunnel - for sheer beauty and stunning glowworm displays take a torch and do an evening walk.
Tumutumu Road (4km west of Waitomo Village)+ visit website
Drive west from Waitomo for breathtaking views of Marokopa Village on the dramatic West Coast. There's wonderful fishing and swimming, panoramic views of the Marokopa River mouth south of the village and an old Maori pa site, Puketoa.
West of Waitomo on Marokopa/Mangatoa Roads
Mangapohue Natural Bridge
The Mangapohue Natural Bridge walking trail on Te Anga Road west of Waitomo is a highlight on the scenic drive to Marokopa on the West Coast. A boardwalk through an impressive limestone gorge leads to the Natural Bridge, a spectacular 17 metre-high limestone arch spanning the Mangapohue Stream and all that remains of an ancient cave system.
A loop track (20 minutes return) passes under the bridge and continues over a farm trail. Look out for 25 million year old fossilised oysters exposed in the limestone outcrops. At night there are wonderful glowworm displays.
Te Anga Road (25 km west of Waitomo Caves Village)+ visit website
Drive west from Waitomo Caves Village to the spectacular Marokopa Falls. A short walk through native forest from a car park on the Te Anga Road leads through lush forest to the 35-metre high falls cascading over a magnificent greywacke bluff. The Marokopa Falls (often described as some of the most beautiful in NZ) can be viewed from a platform at the end of a short track through nikau and tawa forest.
For those wanting a quick snack we have a selection of sandwiches, bagels, cakes, slice, muffins and scones in our counter display.
We use mainly locally sourced, natural and where possible, organic ingredients. We aim to provide visitors with a memorable dining experience, with a genuinely New Zealand flavour. For travelers we want their HUHU experience to be a highlight of their visit.
Our menu is complemented with a range of quality New Zealand wines and beers. Our coffee is of the highest quality.
Our staff are knowledgeable, friendly and always helpful, providing efficient, skilled service.
HUHU has been designed as a relaxing, stimulating environment in which to rest, enjoy good food and drink in Waitomo's ambiance.
The view over the surrounding green hills & farmland is both beautiful & soothing. The outdoor deck is perfect for a quiet evening dinner during summer; the inside dining areas are comfortable & nicely decorated. A range of NZ magazines are available.
Rangimarie Bush Retreat
"Tawa Lodge" and "Totara Cabin" are set in 30 acres - 15 acres of native bush with walkways to enjoy the magic of New Zealand's native flora and fauna and 15 acres of farmland with cattle, sheep, hens, ducks, a horse and Maggie, the Huntaway dog.
"Pooh's House" in a native Puriri tree, has enchanted many visitors, plus many other quirky attractions at Rangimarie.
A bush bath enclosed on 3 sides overlooks the river and is a magical experience on a moonlight night. A large pizza oven is available for guest use and we can provide all the ingredients for you to cook your own pizzas. If you wish, a more formal dinner can be provided by prior arrangement, served on your private deck or with your hosts. Picnic lunches can also be provided, so you can wander off for the day to explore the countryside at your leisure.
"Rangimarie" is the Maori word for peaceful place and that is the essence of this little slice of New Zealand, a place to relax and enjoy the sounds of river and birds.
Hairy Feet Waitomo
"Hairy Feet Waitomo" offers twice-daily film location tours at 10 am and 1 pm. Enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the stunning farm location at Mangaotaki Rocks Piopio, near Waitomo, where the troll and campfire scenes in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" were filmed.
Fascinating rock formations, massive limestone cliffs, and a primeval forest on Warrick & Suzie Denize's farm became the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaws... and the home of "Sting", the magical sword Gandalf bestowed on Bilbo Baggins. (Have your photo taken standing in the exact spot where Bilbo took possession of "Sting").
Walk along well-formed paths and forest trails and visit the sites where Sir Peter Jackson and his crew filmed:
- The Company arriving at a destroyed farmhouse
- The exit from the cave containing the troll hoard
- Gandalf bestowing the sword, "Sting" upon Bilbo
- Radagast arriving
- The Orcs and Wargs attacking
Kawhia is a tranquil, coastal town beside the 6000-hectare Kawhia Harbour at the end of State Highway 31, west of Waitomo and Otorohanga.
Kawhia is one of the few coastal villages in New Zealand which has retained a nostalgic, "good-old-days" charm. It's an hour's drive from Hamilton, two hours from Auckland, and 45 minutes from Te Awamutu or Otorohanga. For some travelers, the hill road is a beautiful but formidable drive; although it's sealed and well formed, it shouldn't be hurried. You'll have time to admire the view across Kawhia Moana, "the Sea of Kawhia", from the top of the hill. Another popular route is the scenic back road from Raglan - with intriguing coastal and bush views as you skirt Mount Karioi and Aotea Harbour. (Allow an hour between Raglan and Kawhia Harbour).
For Maori of Tainui descent, Kawhia is of special significance. Tradition has it that the Tainui waka arrived in Kawhia Harbour in the 14th century and was hauled ashore where Maketu Marae now stands. Kawhia was also one of the first places where Europeans settled in New Zealand.
The Kawhia area offers harbour trips, bush walks, kayaking, yachting and fishing . There is an excellent boat launching ramp, a fishing wharf with boat-boarding pontoon attached and sand flats which yield fat flounders.
On your Kawhia visit be sure to make time to dig your own hot pool on the beach at the Te Puia Natural Hot Springs. When the tide's low, you can sit in a hot pool dug in the black sand on Ocean Beach. Follow the signs to Ocean beach, drive to the end of Te Puia Road and walk over the sand dunes. The Hot Springs can also be reached by walking along the beach from the boat ramp on the south side of Kawhia township. You have two hours on either side of low tide to dig a pool. (Check websites for tide charts). Watch for warm water running gently out of the sand or bubbles and steam rising, sometimes accompanied by a sulphurous smell. Then dig a shallow pool and trap the warm water with walls of dug-out sand.
(Ask the locals for the best location and time and take a shovel or spade to make the digging easier! Take care in fine weather to wear shoes of some kind - the dry black sand becomes very hot on sunny days).
Phone 07 871 0161
SH31, approx 45 minutes from Otorohanga+ visit website
Footwhistle Glow Worm Tour
The lights are kept low to let you see the magnificent glowworm displays only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient extinct Moa, and the Te Anaroa cave stream flows in the darkness below.
Because the Footwhistle Tour only takes a maximum of 12 people, feel free to chat to the guide and ask as many questions as you like. The lights are turned up and you see the stunning Te Anaroa cave formations. Be sure to take photos! The guide tells the stories of the creatures that live here - "Titiwai", the glow worm, and "Tuna", the eel.
And after enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll see the Te Anaroa Cathedral lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave Tour will last a lifetime.
Somersal B&B / Wedding Venue
Somersal is an idyllic Bed & Breakfast /Wedding Venue on the banks of the Waipa River in Pirongia, Waikato - 30 minutes north of the Waitomo Caves, 20 minutes from Hamilton and 10 minutes from Te Awamutu. Stay in farm-style comfort and wake to a specially prepared breakfast and the song of native birds.
As well as offering a relaxing and secluded country experience, Somersal is centrally situated and ideal as a base for a large range of 1-day and longer trips. Within 1hr 30mins drive are 3 of New Zealand's most sought after tourist destinations, and many other fantastic destinations lie just as close.
Somersal has 4 queen bedrooms available (sleeps up to 10) with views out onto the garden or towards the mountain. The Master Queen & Deluxe Queen bedrooms have ensuites, while the other 2 Queen bedrooms share a bathroom with separate shower and toilet.
In the morning you'll wake to your choice of a tasty cooked or continental breakfast, and you can arrange for other meals as well. The house has a sunny lounge, separate TV room, complimentary WiFi, Sky TV in the living area, ironing and clothes washing & drying facilities, and 2 shared bathrooms with separate showers and toilets.
Whether you're looking for a base from which to explore the surrounding area, a venue for a wedding or garden party, somewhere to rest after a hard day’s skiing at Mt Ruapehu, or a quiet weekend getaway to unwind, Somersal is an unforgettable place that will feel like home by the time you depart.