YHA Waitomo


Waitomo has been entertaining guests for decades with its deep caverns, luminescent glowworms and dark waterways for generations. YHA Waitomo offers the perfect base to experience all this spectacular place has to offer. The hostel is situated on a farm and has stunning views and native forest as your backdrop. Relax in a hammock by our large swimming pool and unwind from the adrenalin activities on your doorstep.


"The most friendly and welcoming hostel in New Zealand. Sitting in front of the log fire in the evening sharing stories was great. Also we loved the pigs, calf, horses and deer around the hostel." -hihostels.com 2011

By Car:

6km from State Highway 3 Waitomo Caves turn off

By Bus/Shuttle:

Busses stop outside entrance

By Plane:

2hours to Auckland International, 1.5 hours to Rotorua.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • pool room
  • VISA
  • For the thrill seekers, go adventure caving, abseiling ,rappelling and black water rafting – work your way through tight squeezes, take leaps of faith over cascading underground waterfalls and float serenely down river as you enjoy the glowworm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Wet or Dry options available.
  • Take a enchanting glowworm raft ride where you gently float through the caves and experience a rather spectacular sight.
  • View the beautiful Waitomo countryside on horseback. Discover the Waitomo landscape from above ground.. See rural Waitomo, sheep and cattle farms and learn about the amazing geology of the region. Witness Tomos (limestone shafts) and the beginning formations of caving systems.
  • Go hunting – Hunt deer/goat/pig/possum/rabbit/turkey/duck/fish by arrangement on private farmland with the owner, all fire arms and equipment supplied. Trophy stags available.


  • The Homefront - A Glimpse of the Taupo District During WWI (Oct 25th - Nov 18th) The Taupo District was sparsely populated at the time of the Great War (1914 - 1918), yet many men from the area went to fight and some never returned. In commemoration of 100 years since World War 1, The Homefront ...
  • Taupo Fun World (Aug 17th - Oct 26th) Taupo Fun World is going to be open every Sunday from the 17th august 2014 at Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park. We cater for kids aged 1 to 10 to come out to the Taupo Motorsport Park in shed B to bouncy around and have ...
  • NZV8 Pickup Roundup (Oct 26th - Oct 26th) An Event not to be missed! A first of its kind in New Zealand! A USA Pickup/Panel Truck Show n Shine - fundraising for the NZ Cancer Society. There will be live music, Face Painting and balloons for the ...
  • Taupo Car Club hosts the IRC Summer Series (Oct 25th - Oct 26th) Cost: $5 per spectator, per day, or $20 per car, per day. The above includes parking on the embankment, and grandstand access. Spectators are welcome to bring ...
  • Graffiato Street Art Festival (Oct 25th - Oct 27th) Graffiato is New Zealand’s premier street art festival featuring award-winning artists and will be happening throughout Labour Weekend from 25 - 27 October 2014 in the Taupo Town centre. Check out the website for full ...
  • Leon Wilkie, Dean Stebbing and Patrick Grey (Oct 25th - Nov 1st) This is a free exhibition of new contemporary art works by local Taupo artists, Leon Wilkie, Dean Stebbing and Patrick Grey. Gallery will be open during the Labour weekend so please bring a friend to see these ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.