Explore the
Waitomo District

Waitomo Lodge is located in Te Kuiti, the administrative, cultural and social centre of the Waitomo District. With a population of 5000, Te Kuiti is the largest town in the area.

We are located in
Te Kuiti, NZ

The Location

A feature of Te Kuiti which will appeal to the visitor is its central location relative to other national tourist icons. Waitomo Caves is one of the most outstanding tourist destinations and that is 15 minutes easy drive to the north of the Waitomo Lodge. Other Tourist attractions are:

  • Rotorua – 2 hours East
  • Lake Taupo – 1.5 hours to the East
  • Ruapehu Mountain – 2.5 hours to the south
  • New Plymouth – Mt Taranaki – 2.5 hours to the south
  • West Hamilton – 1 hour to the north

Make Te Kuiti your base when exploring the central and western North Island of New Zealand.

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Day Trips

From Waitomo Lodge in Te Kuiti there are many easy day trips you can do in your car. Download: Ring Route 1, Ring Route 2, Ring Route 3.


Easy Walks

For an early morning or after dinner stroll visit Brook Park – across the road – behind Bosco.


Tourist Attractions

Explore the Waitomo Caves, Ruakuri Cave, Spellbound Tours,  Black Water Rafting, and Otorohanga Kiwi House.


Mapara Kokako Reserve

Mapara Wildlife Reserve lies 35 kilometres (45 minutes drive) south east of Te Kuiti, along Mapara South Road.



Bosco Café

Open for breakfast - right across the road from Waitomo Lodge.

Riverside Lodge

Located in Te Kuiti this fully licensed restaurant serves a traditional rural menu.


Situated on Fullerton Road, just out of Waitomo Village. This popular tourist stop in a lovely rural garden features an excellent barbecue style lunch.

Stoked Eatery

A delicious spot right in town beside the Colin Meads statue.

The HUHU Cafe and Restaurant

Located at Waitomo Village. This licensed restaurant is ideal for your evening meal. Named one of the top 100 restaurants in New Zealand by Cuisine Magazine.


Jodi - Trip ADvisor

We stayed in a one bedroom unit. The rooms are well designed for families, as there is a separate room with two twin beds for the children, with the king size bed, lounge and kitchenette in the same room. Clean and tidy and very comfortable stay. Would definitely stay again.

Jessica - Booking.com

The bed was huge and really comfy, everywhere was spacious light and clean. Receptionist was lovely when we checked in too. Provided great parking spaces and fantastic facilities in the room. Also only 15 minutes to the famous Glowworm Caves driving.

James - Expedia

Well equipped and nicely stocked rooms. Great tea and coffee facilities. Beds comfy, pillows top notch. Great location knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Julie - hotels.com

Fabulous stop for our visit to Waitomo caves. We had a lovely breakfast at Bosco cafe across the road and the kids enjoyed a local toy shop.

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