Waitomo Museum of Caves

One of the best cave interpretation centres in the world. Come here before you tour the Waitomo caves - to understand how caves are formed, the flora and fauna that live in them and the history of Waitomo’s caves and cave exploration.


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The Waitomo Museum of Caves is one of the best special interest museums in New Zealand.

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This award-winning centre shows you the treasures of Waitomo above and below ground. Understand the geology and development of our caves and limestone (karst) landscapes. See how caves are explored and the life that lives in them. Learn about our local culture and history. Movies are available on request in our 40-seat theatre and there is a cave crawl for the adventurous.

The centre features a 20 minute multi-media show Arachnocampa Luminosa, a must-see experience for cave visitors that describes the life-cycle of the New Zealand glowworm.

The museum and shop are open 7 days a week from 8:30am to 5pm, all year round, except Christmas Day.


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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:
We're open 7 days a week, every day except Christmas Day. We always open from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm but our hours are longer during the main tourism season. Check our website for exact opening times during the year.
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 $5.00
(10 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Free or discounted entry with some cave tours. Call us to find out more!
Further pricing information:
Free entry for one child with each paying adult. School groups can book a package through our education service at education@waitomodiscovery.org

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