One of the best cave interpretation centres in the world. Come here before you tour the Waitomo caves - to understand how caves are formed, the flora and fauna that live in them and the history of Waitomo’s caves and cave exploration.

The Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre hosts one of the best special interest museums in New Zealand.

This must-see award-winning centre explores the above and below ground treasures of Waitomo by describing the geology, the development of caves, cave life, and limestone (karst) landscapes, as well as how caves are explored and local culture and history through modern and informative displays. There are hands on activities and a cave crawl for the adventurous.

The centre features a 20 minute multi-media show Arachnocampa Luminosa, another must-see experience for cave visitors that describes the life-cycle of the New Zealand glowworm.

Facilities and Services

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$5 (Adult)


Business Hours
We're open 7 days a week, every day except Christmas Day. Our hours are 8:45 am to 5:00 pm but longer during the main tourism season. Check our website for exact opening times during the year.
Months of Operation
All Year


Proximity To Airport
1 hour from Hamilton Airport
Proximity To Coach Terminal
Directly across the road
Proximity To Town
Centre of Waitomo Caves village


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