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Waitomo Caves Discovery CentreWaitomo Caves Discovery CentreWaitomo Museum of Caves

  • Allow 30 minutes – 1 hour
  • Exhibits of caves, cave life, limestone landscapes, history of the area
  • Exhibits on glowworms
  • Local culture
  • Interactive activities
  • Fossils and moa skeletons
  • Cave crystals, stalactites and stalagmites
  • Be challenged by the cave crawl
  • 20 minute multi-media show about the glowworm

Adult: $5
Child (0-14yrs): Free
Opening hours: 8.45am – 5pm
Photography permitted: Yes

Free admission with selected adventure caving trips and show cave combo tours (combo free entry only available if combo booked with Waitomo i-SITE).
½ price entry with Spellbound and Legendary Blackwater Rafting Company.
Discounted admission when you book Glowworm, Ruakuri and Aranui Cave tours as individual caves.

Ticket holders may enter multiple times during their visit to Waitomo.

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Waitomo Big Bird

Petting Farm

  • Allow 1 hour
  • Animal therapy for all ages. Kids colouring and info sheet. Lead horse rides
  • Interactive and educational experience with Ostriches and miniature animals (Alpaca, Kune Kune Pigs, Donkeys and Highlands)
  • Miniature horse rides – 10 years
  • Rooster Crow tour 8am – 10am with Ostrich omelette breakfast (additional cost). Bookings essential

$6 per person
Petting Farm available between 2 -5pm
Photography permitted: Yes

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Farm Show

  • Allow 1 hour
  • Hand milk a cow
  • Make and taste butter
  • Work a sheepdog
  • Hand spin wool
  • Shearing show – Optional extra on request ($5 per person)

Minimum charge of $50 to start the show (e.g. a 5 adult audience) after that it is $10 per Adult and $5 per Child
Photography permitted: Yes
The Farm Show is available on demand, but please give 4 hours advance notice (to get the animals ready).

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Troll Cave

  • This exciting new activity opened its (cave) doors in July 2017. The activity continues from the book  “TrollStory” – a children’s storybook about the discovery of a Troll at Waitomo (available in soft cover from Waitomo Adventure Centre).  Allow approx One hour for this activity.
  • It’s designed specifically for younger children ( 7 – 14 yrs) and aims to inspire their imagination and thirst for adventure.
  • The activity combines fantasy & real cave elements to deliver a novel and rewarding experience where children take on challenges of the underworld. It can be a bit scary at times, however delivery is interactive i.e. it is dialled up or down to suit the group.  Emphasis is on story telling and the participants becoming part of the story. There is also an important conservation message.
  • Unlike other caves, TrollCave has an official building certificate having been created using concrete tilt slab construction. Nevertheless, the cave is completely buried under the ground. There is deployment of novel features not seen in “wild” caves.
  • Accessibility TrollCave is wheelchair friendly. However please note that this is an adventure ie there are obstacles to negotiate and low light challenges.

Adult: $42
Child: $37  (3-14 yrs)
Under 3 yrs: free
Family pass 1 (1 adult + up to 2 children): $108
Family pass 2 (2 adults + up to 3 children): $170 (extra $15 per child
Tour time: 9am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
Photos permitted: Yes

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