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.


  • Moa - Know More (Mar 15th - May 4th) They’re one of the most fascinating creatures in New Zealand’s history, and this month the moa will be showcased in depth in a new Taupō Museum exhibition. Everyone from New Zealand’s moa historian and author ...
  • Te Po - the Night (Mar 29th - May 4th) Experience the great night before the world was born at Te Po – The Night, an art exhibition and experience opening at Taupō Museum. The exhibition opens on Saturday 29 March and the main theme is the great night ...
  • Mulligan's World Famous Quiz Night (Sep 17th - Sep 30th 2014) If you are in Taupo on Tuesday - Do not miss this Lots of fun. Quiz - Test you knowledge. Dance on the floor with DJ Panther after quiz. Great prizes to be won: - Cash Prize $150 - On House Prizes worth ...
  • Hilltop School, Taupo 50th Jubilee (Apr 25th - Apr 26th) Register for our 50th Jubilee which will be held over 25-26 April 2014 on www.hilltop.org.nz or email jubilee@hilltop.org.nz. Please share this with your friends to let ex pupils, ex teachers and friends of the school ...
  • Ye Taupo Medieval Faire (Apr 25th - Apr 27th) Ye Taupo Medieval Faire - historic merriment, Knightly fights, mumming plays, massed battles, historic arts and sciences in the Living History encampment. There will be a Medieval market with traders - All well worth ...
  • Anzac Day Drifts (Apr 25th - Apr 25th) Bring your sunnies and head down to Taupo Motorsport Park 25th April for a full on day of drifting action. The day kicks off at 9am and runs right through to 4pm. Come down and support the upcoming drifting talent of ...

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