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Waitomo is a region in New Zealand synonymous with adventures, activities and attractions. From majestic glow worm caves tours to adrenaline-fuelled black water rafting and Middle Earth Movie Set experiences, it’s difficult to realise the abundance of tranquillity to be found in the greater region.
One of Waitomo’s best kept secrets are the myriad of beautiful seaside towns in and around the region. Here’s our top picks of the best seaside towns and locations nearby.
A quaint west coast village just an hour’s drive from Waitomo Caves. A great day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby towns. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options from holiday homes for rent to camping grounds nearby the beach.
While you’re visiting, don’t forget to check out the famous 35-foot Marokopa waterfall, located in Tawarau Forest. Arguably one of the most remarkable waterfalls in New Zealand.
Kiritehere Beach lies just south of Marokopa. A surprisingly good surf beach however it’s the fossil-hunting that positions Kiritehere on the map. These marine fossils are more than 200 million years old entombed in sandstone along the rocky shores of the beach. A great day out for the family.
Kawhia Hot Water Beach
Fancy a spa on the beach? Grab a spade and start digging! Best experienced at low-tide, these famous geothermic hot water springs bubble up through the black sand providing a uniquely relaxing experience.
Hot Water Beach is also steeped in Maori culture and tradition. If you’re visiting in February, then you’re in time for the Kawhai kai Festival, a celebration of Maori cuisine, culture and tradition.
There are plenty of accommodation options in this area, from great camping grounds to hotels, motels and hostels.
The next time you visit Waitomo, or just passing through, take a detour via the tranquil neighbouring towns for a relaxing day at the beach.
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