Waitomo Museum of Caves

The Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre hosts one of the best special interest museums in New Zealand and possibly one of the best cave interpretation centres in the world. Must-see award-winning centre.

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The Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre hosts one of the best special interest museums in New Zealand and possibly one of the best cave interpretation centres in the world.

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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.

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Physical address

Waitomo Museum of Caves, 21 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato, 3943, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
7 days a week. 26th Dec - 28th Feb: 8:15am - 6.30pm 1st Mar - end of Easter weekend: 8:45am - 5:30pm Labour Weekend (Oct) - 24th Dec: 8:45am - 5:30pm All other days: 8:45am - 5:00pm Open every day except Christmas Day
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
1 hour from Hamilton Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
Directly across the road
Proximity to town:
Centre of Waitomo Caves village

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $0.00 - $5.00
Other charges:
Free or discounted in conjunction with many cave tours. Call us to find out more!
Further pricing information:
Children must be accompanied by an adult. NZ schools rate $3.00 per head

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