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.


  • Motorsport Park Public Test Day (Sep 3rd - Jan 28th 2015) Please note: 10th and 24th September 2014, and 23rd January 2015 are open to cars only. 22nd October and 7th November 2014 are open to Motorcycles only. Please go to our website for more information. all other ...
  • Suzhou Disabled Persons Federation Exhibition (Sep 27th - Oct 20th) This mixed media exhibition on scrolls is touring from Taupo's Chinese sister city Suzhou. The China Disabled Persons' Federation is a national organisation for disabled people established in Beijing, China in March 1988 ...
  • Connections - Taupo Art Connection (Sep 20th - Oct 14th) After gaining much momentum since their conception two years ago, Taupo Art Connection has a new collaboration of works. The exhibition entitled 'Connections' celebrates relations and associations and will showcase ...
  • Toddler Time- Spring! (Oct 1st - Oct 1st) Join us for an 'In the Garden' themed Toddler Time. Please dress up as your favourite bug or flower. Suitable for ages 5 and under.
  • Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament (Sep 28th - Oct 4th) The inaugural Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament takes place in Taupo from Sunday 28 September to Saturday 4 October. The tournament comprises 16 seeded teams, one from each of the ITM Cup Provincial ...
  • Prawn Fishing Competition (Sep 27th - Oct 11th) Huka Prawn Park's School Holidays Prawn Fishing Competition is back. Starting Saturday September 27th and running everyday in the Holidays. Great daily prizes to be won and a grand prize valued at $500. Automatic entry ...

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.