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
  • Parking
  • 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.


  • (Jul 2nd - Jul 2nd) We love sharing great ideas of raw meal ideas. In this workshop, we will discuss quick and simple recipes. We will cover basic flavour balancing, to help you understand what to do to tweak your dishes to perfection. ... Raw Balance Deli
  • (Jul 2nd - Jul 3rd) 2 days. 12 tutors, 14 different art workshops! Art School Taupo is a special two day event made up up of 14 mini art based workshops tutored by various local and award winning artists in a wide variety of topics and ... Active Arts Centre
  • (Apr 23rd - Oct 1st) The Taupo Market is a weekly event held rain or shine and is a 'must see' for both locals and visitors. Meet the Artists, the Chefs and Bakers, the Growers and Artisans, talk to the PEOPLE who week after week put out ... Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre
  • (May 7th - Oct 1st) Buy Treasure for pennies and sell Trash for cash held once a month as part of the 'Taupo Market' this 'Car-boot sale' style fun event brings out the treasure hunter in everyone. Come along ... both buyers and sellers ... Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre
  • (Jul 2nd - Jul 2nd) Another great community planting day brought to you by Greening Taupo and Contact Energy. The school represented by the most students will be gifted 20 trees for their school grounds. Bring your gumboots, garden ... SPCA Taupo
  • (Jun 18th - Jul 25th) Ka U ki Matanuku is the first line from a proverb said by Ngati Tuwharetoa ancestor, Ngatoroirangi, when he arrived in this area. Ka U ki Matanuku Ka U ki Matarangi Ka U ki tēnei whenua hei whenua Mau e kai te ... Taupo Museum

YHA Waitomo is the ideal facility to cater for groups wanting to explore the Waitomo Caves region. The hostel's farm location provides your group with options for activities in wide open spaces as well as being close to the multiple Waitome caves activities. 

During the summer season we can comfortably cater for groups of 10 - 15 people. 

During the period post Easter through to pre Labour weekend we are able to host up to 40 people.  

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Waitomo can cater for up to 40 people across 9 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 5 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 4 x Private rooms – twins/doubles/triples and ensuite Quads
  • Campervan and tents sites available
Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities available. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Group Breakfast

Breakfast/basic food items can be purchased.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay. 

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all local tourism adventures

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Waitomo direct 07 8787649 or email junowaitomo@xtra.co.nz  or ring our national Groups Coordinator 0800 278 299.