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Enjoy the wonders and hidden gems of the Waitomo Caves on any budget with the many great free attractions in Waitomo & the surrounding areas

From the spectacular Marokopa Falls (35 mins drive from the village) to Mangapohue Natural Bridge walk which includes the 17m high limestone arch, the remains of an ancient cave system, and 25 million year old fossils exposed in the limestone outcrops.

Grab the bikes and cycle along the Timber Trail or see the stunning cave formations in Piripiri Cave or along the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve walk – taking in tunnels and native forest, the easy walk also boasts a beautiful glowworm display in the evenings (don't forget your torch)

The Sir Edmund Walkway, located in Ōtorohanga plays homage to all things Kiwiana and features displays of sporting greats, iconic personalities and memorable brands, while Kawhia’s Ocean beach excites young and old with its natural hot springs. Take a bucket and spade and dig your own hot pool two hours either side of low tide. Plus discover the rich farming history of Te Kuiti, known as the shearing capital of the world, admire the 7metre high shearer statue and while away some time in its cute shops and cafes.

Free things to do in Waitomo:

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