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.


  • (Nov 19th - Dec 4th) Taupo Art Connection's annual exhibition this year, 'Exhibition of Hope' is in conjunction with Lake Taupo Hospice at their beautiful new facility Izard Hospice House. A chance to appreciate and buy art - and support ... Izard Hospice House
  • (Aug 7th - Dec 4th) Come along and enjoy a couple of hours of music with The Whoopees! Bring along your ukulele (if you have one), your singing voices and your gold coin donation and enjoy the fabulous hospitality of Rick and the team. Gold ... Ploughman's Restaurant and Bar
  • (Dec 4th - Dec 4th) New Zealand Largest Motorcycle Series with top International and NZ Riders. Early Bird Tickets for the Suzuki Series on Sale now and save, Plus go in the Draw to Win A Suzuki uk 110 in MotoGP Colours valued at ... Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park
  • (Nov 5th - Dec 12th) Re-‘cycled’ art creations celebrate iconic event Taupō Museum has combined recycling with bicycling to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge this year. Exhibitions officer Kerence ... Taupo Museum
  • (Nov 5th - Dec 12th) Celebrating the 40-year history of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge this exhibition, sponsored by the Lake Taupo Rotary Club, tells the event story. It commemorates highlights; recognizes volunteers, contributions and ... Taupo Museum
  • (Dec 5th - Dec 5th) Off-road triathlon. 200m swim, 6.6km MTB, 2km run. Entry free for club members, $5 for non-members. Whakaipo Bay Recreation Reserve

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.