The underground playground of the Waitomo Caves is home to magical creatures and heart pumping adventures. Many locals opened their doors to accommodate cast and crew during filming, and cave sounds for the movies were recorded in several of the areas underground caverns.

It is easy to understand why cave sounds were recorded in the area. Millions of years in the making, the ancient limestone caverns and passage ways provide the perfect setting for subterranean quests and adventures.

Underground Adventure

Lost World, Waitomo Adventures, Waitomo, NZ

Lost World Waitomo

Wise and knowledgeable tour guides will ensure your underground adventure is enjoyable, all while sharing the rich geological and cultural heritage of each cave.

Discover the magical world of the glowworms that reside in the caves on gentle walks and boat rides. For something a little more adrenalin fuelled visitors can abseil 100m down into a Lost World, or try Black Water Rafting, ziplining, or high-rope work to navigate through the cave system.

Emerge from your underground adventure into the basking daylight to enjoy what Waitomo has to offer above ground.

A variety of walking tracks will lead to the likes of Marokopa Falls or the Ruakuri Bush walk, while dining options include the popular Huhu Café which was frequented by crew during filming in the area.

Many local tourism operators opened up their homes to accommodation cast and crew in the Waitomo area and visitors have the option of boutique farm stays with that personal touch, comfy back packer lodges and motels, and modern holiday parks.

Discover a true hidden gem as you head out to the west coast community of Kawhia. At low tide visitors can dig in the sand at ocean beach to create their own natural hot water spa – with views of the long stretching coast line to match.