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Cafés & Restaurants

Caves Motor Inn RestaurantCaves Motor Inn Restaurant

Open for dinner and breakfast.  The restaurant and fully licensed bar provide an a la carte menu, and can also cater for group bookings and special occasions with buffets, set menus and finger food options available.  Closed on Sundays.

Curly’s BarTomo Bar & Eatery

The new bar reopened in May 2014, after a fire in November 2012 destroyed the previous bar (image of previous bar shown). Tomo Bar & Eatery  is open daily from 11am but closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.  Open from 1pm on ANZAC Day.

General Store & CaféCafe Kai & Bar (Closed from the 11th June – 6th July)

The Cafe Kai & Bar  provides basic grocery supplies and is also a café.  Opening hours can vary but standard opening as at Dec 2016 are 7 days a week from 8.00am until 5.00pm serving a breakfast menu until 2pm and a lunch menu.  Food in the cabinet and slices and pies are home-made.


Huhu CaféHuhu Bar

Situated underneath the Huhu Cafe, opening hours are 4pm to late, Wednesday to Sunday.  They have a complete snacks / sides menu is on offer and if you would like to order off the main menu for the Huhu Cafe, they can usher you upstairs when a table becomes available there.  The full range of KCBC is stocked here.  The bar area is available for private functions, up to 50 people – weddings, parties, anything…

Huhu CaféHuhu Café

Overlooking Waitomo Caves Village – this is where celebrities and rock stars like Katy Perry come for the “best food in New Zealand and Australia”. New Zealand wine, boutique beer, and cuisine made with local produce wherever possible.  Menu options currently include green-lipped mussels, mini lamb burgers, pork belly and scotch fillet steak as well as a selection of sides and deserts.  Fully licensed and stocks range of non-alcoholic drinks, beer, wine and spirits.  The full range of KCBC is also stocked here.

Long Black Café

The Long Black Cafe is a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy the high energy atmosphere as excited visitors depart and arrive for their Black Water Rafting and Ruakuri Cave adventures.  In a rural setting and home of The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company, the Long Black Café offers friendly Kiwi service, delicious food, home-made breads, cakes and slices and a varied menu offering something for all from vegetarian to Halal and organic soft drinks and coffee together with a range of ‘Kiwi’ ice creams.

Morepork CaféMorepork Café

This café is part of the Kiwi Paka complex. They open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pizzas, salads, pastas and much more is available from their menu options.

Roselands SteakRoselands Restaurant

Indoor/outdoor dining set in native bush and gardens with extensive views over Waitomo countryside.  The buffet includes a choice of NZ prime beef steak, fish fillet, chicken or mussels accompanied by a selection of vegetables, salads, pasta and breads.  Home-made cakes and cookies along with fresh fruit for dessert.  Fully licensed with a range of New Zealand wines and beers available. Book in advance through the Waitomo i-SITE and receive your buffet lunch at half price.  $10 beef casserole buffet dinner daily.

Waitomo Adventures Café


Located at Waitomo Adventures premises –  654 Waitomo Caves Road.

Open daily from 8am – 3.30pm

A selection of freshly prepared cabinet food and pies. Delicious home baked cakes and slices

Also sell homemade bread baked daily.

Waitomo Glowworm Cave RestaurantDW_WGCVC_Front_Daytime (2)

Situated within the Glowworm Cave visitors centre, this restaurant offers a selection of daily specials and many freshly made cabinet items featuring a selection of light and quick dishes together with a  menu that combines local seasonal produce with Kiwi café culture.  Look out over native bush as you dine.  The daily full menu includes Vegetarian, Halal and Gluten Free considerations as well as a range of children’s meals. For a more casual setting, the café upstairs provides a selection of hot and cold snacks with organic soft drinks and coffees, together with a range of ice-creams.