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.


  • (Feb 14th - Feb 14th) Enjoy one of the biggest festivals of triathlon in New Zealand this Valentine’s Day! Tri Kinloch offers a sheltered Lake Taupo swim, a scenic ride and run and a race village with amazing atmosphere. You'll be hooked! ... Kinloch Domain
  • (Jan 30th - Mar 7th) Russell Hollings has worked in many mediums but has a great love for the special qualities that oil paint offers. Oils suit his temperament and his particular way of working with paint. A major influence for Hollings ... Taupo Museum
  • (Feb 6th - Mar 14th) This collection of original batik wall hangings by Ann Hay features a range of subjects that includes native New Zealand birds, African animals and New Zealand mountain, lake and rural scenes. Hay lives in Taumaranui ... Taupo Museum
  • (Oct 15th - Sep 29th 2016) Every Thursday Open Mic & Jam Night Let's Jam - For musician of all levels are welcome "There are no strangers, only friends, you haven't met yet" Open MIC for good singers. Perfect for all instruments ... Mulligans Bar
  • (Feb 18th - Feb 18th) Quiz Night is not to be missed. This popular event is brought to you by The Friends of Taupo Public Library. Make up a team of four or join a team on the night. Drinks and nibbles are provided. This is a free event and ... Taupo Public Library
  • (Feb 19th - Feb 19th) A multi media production featuring live music & film exploring the women who helped shape America's rich blues history. Ruth Wyand plays the songs of women blues artists against a backdrop of film and images from the ... Acacia Bay Community Hall

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.