The magical Waitomo Caves have been attracting visitors for more than 120 years, thanks to their incredible limestone formations and luminescent glowworms. This subterranean cave system is located beneath the rolling green countryside of the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s prime farming regions. Step into the belly of Waitomo for an unforgettable sightseeing tour experience as you walk through majestic caverns, explore limestone shafts, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy a boat ride through a grotto lit by thousands of tiny native glowworms.
The Waikato is also home to the famous Hobbiton film set where movie magic was made for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. See Hobbit holes and many other structures from the movie while you learn how this beautiful farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.Read More..
From Waitomo you can travel east, onwards to Rotorua where a geothermal wonderland rich in Māori culture and heritage awaits. Marvel at the natural geothermal wonders of Te Puia as you explore its thermal valley of geysers, streams of boiling water and hot mud pools and get an insight into Māori culture through performance and traditional carving, weaving and art all created on site. The Agrodome is a fun window into the farming culture and you’ll see why it’s one of New Zealand’s most loved attractions, with a sheep show, shearing and dog trials.
Fun fact: Do you know how to remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites? Stalactites hold “tight” to the ceiling, while stalagmites “might” grow up to reach the ceiling one day!Close..
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