Eight things you must see & do in Waitomo


Congratulations! You are taking part in a stunning race in a phenomenal part of the world. Whilst you are going to run and walk through some of the most amazing landscapes don’t miss out on this chance to explore everything Waitomo has to offer. There’s plenty to do so read on and get planning.


The Glowworm caves – er… of course! Can anyone even say Waitomo and not think of glowworms? Didn’t think so. You have run through them but there is so, so much more to see here – get yourself set for a tour of the underground and take in these sights at a more sedate pace!



The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company


If you are up for more of a physical, and wet, experience but a fantastic way to get up close and personal with glowworms then this is a must do. Don the wetsuit, headlamp and inflatable and prepare for a cool journey by river through some of the caves that make Waitomo world famous.


Ruakuri Cave


The longest guided underground tour in New Zealand, this 2 hour experience will leave you spellbound. A marvellous cave system showcasing some spectacular underground waterfalls and natural formations.


King Country Brewing Company


So much adrenaline will make you thirsty. Based in the heart of Waitomo, King Country Brewing are a small team of passionate brewers making small batches of tasty, tasty beer. You can sample their wares at any number of cafes and bars around the area but specifically The HuHu Cafe and Tomo Bar and Eatery both in Waitomo. Perfect post race healing.


Otorohanga Kiwi House


Well worth a visit with the family en route to or from your race weekend the Kiwi House in Otorohanga is a wonderful animal park just 15 minutes drive from Waitomo. Amazing array of Kiwi native birds and some tuatara. Great efforts on their part in bird conservation so go swot up and watch the kids get stoked.


Aranui Cave


Wonderful cave system in Waitomo that has a great colony of Wetas. A beautiful place with a long established history with Maori myths and legends abounding. A short walk from where you celebrate overcoming the challenge of your run!


The Timber Trail


Need more physical exertions? Alright, then. Check out the Timber Trail only 20 minutes from Waitomo. 87KM of amazing trails through stunning ancient forest with some killer bridges. If you’re on a week’s holiday visiting the area The Timber Trail is well worth researching.


Waitomo Clay Pigeon Shooting


Come on, you’ve always fancied it and now you’re all limber from running. With an experienced crew on board, learn the basics or perfect your shot with a quick stop off here to take on some clay. Minimum of 4 people and minimum age of 12 years old.


– Steven & Vera Blackburn

Back To Blog