The underground glories of Waitomo - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Waitomo Caves

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Waitomo in the Video tab.

The limestone Waitomo Caves attract over 400,000 visitors a year to their spectacular glow-worm grotto and caverns. The cave system was first explored in 1887, and from 1905 it was managed by the New Zealand government’s Tourist Department. Today black-water rafting is popular with more adventurous visitors.

Photographs courtesy of Discover Waitomo

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit