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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Establishment
“Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history. Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave. Many of our guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Located at Waitomo, Waikato Known for ml.gb.tag.Everything Else Sightseeing Waitomo is a village on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its extensive underground cave systems. Thousands of glow-worms light up the Glowworm Caves. The vast Ruakuri Cave features waterfalls and limestone formations. West, Mangapohue Natural Bridge is a high limestone arch over Mangapohue Stream. Northeast of the village, Otorohanga Kiwi House shelters several species of the rare native kiwi bird. Polynesian Spa Located at Hinemoa St, Bay Of Plenty, 3010 Known for ml.gb.tag.Everything Else Sightseeing Polynesian Spa is a developed geothermal spa facility in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. Local Mā”
  • 29 locals recommend
Zoo
“Nice to spend a little time wandering though the area planted with native bush. The bird aviary and to see a kiwi”
  • 16 locals recommend
Route
“Must not miss while in the Waikato. Glow worms and amazing sights. 1hr drive from Blairgowrie House.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is a local favourite to watch passers by while enjoying a drink and something to eat with local flavour.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“A fine dining award winning restaurant located in Waitomo Village. We recommend to book ahead ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“If you love adventure then this is a must do. I just Love this place. It is a full day activity you can drive or buses leave to and from daily”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Amazing caves a little further along than Waitomo Caves. Always good to get both experiences.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“Waitomo is famous for glow worms, caving and black water rafting. Is 1hr drive away.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“Popular with visitors to New Zealand. You can take a boat ride through the caves - glide in darkened silence with only the sound of the guides’s hands working the ropes.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“A local company running tours through bush and the caves. They limit the number who go through making the tours very intimate.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“Local cafe with a lovely selection of cabinet food as well as a menu. Nice quality of food and to enjoy a long coffee stop”
  • 1 local recommends
Zoo
“Minigolf, batting and pitching machines, pro drive practice range and even paintball!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Gym
“Great pools for all ages on a hot day. One large pool that goes up to 3m deep as well as a smaller pool for younger children.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“SnapshOt is a brief Rotorua Highlights tour with our experienced drivers bringing alive local legends. The tour is designed to give you an overview of the area while going to some of Rotorua’s most scenic places. Discover the history, its stories (both old and new), the sights and the smells. Pass is valid for 24 hours. Stops are: -Rotorua iSite -Kuirau Park -Ohinemutu Village Viewpoint -Lake Rotorua Lakefront -Government Gardens -Sulphur Point -Rotorua Museum -Polynesian Spa -Fenton Street -Whakarewarewa -Redwoods -Te Puia -Fenton Street -Rotorua iSite Adult $29 Child $15”
  • 1 local recommends