Waitomo Museum of Caves

Useful Information

Location: In Waitomo village. 200 km south of Auckland, 70 km from Hamilton, 16 km from Otorohanga.
Open: Easter to OCT daily 8:30-17.
NOV to DEC daily 8:30-17:30.
JAN daily 8:30-20.
FEB to Easter daily 8:30-17:30.
Fee: Adults NZD 5, Children (4-14) NZD 3, Children (0-3) free.
Free entry to the Museum is included with many other activities.
Classification: SubterraneaCave and Karst Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Waitomo Museum of Caves, PO Box 12, Waitomo Caves, Tel. +64-7-8787640, fax +64-7-8786184
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The Waitomo Museum of Caves is the heart of Waitomo, also being a sort of Visitor Information Centre. It is the ideal introduction to the Waitomo Caves area. Many of the activities in the area start and end at the Museum, and all transport stops here. The Centre is also the post office for the area. The Visitor Information Centre provides everything you need to know about the Waitomo area and takes bookings for Black Water Rafting and Lost World Adventures, and many other activities in the area. Accommodation and restaurant bookings can also be made.

The exhibits cover the local landscape and geology, the caves and the area's history and flora and fauna. There is an audio-visual presentation about the caves, glowworms and other attractions in the area. A big fun for children is a short simulated cave crawl.