North Island's West Coast Sights

Waitomo Walkway

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Published 01/12/2015

Fodor's Review

One of the most interesting short walks in the country is the Waitomo Walkway. The 5-km (3-mile), approximately 2½-hour walk begins across the road from the i-SITE center and follows the Waitomo River. The trail passes through forests and impressive limestone outcrops. You can walk back to Waitomo Caves Village on the same path or follow the road, a distance of just over 2 km (1 mile). For a shorter alternative that still includes the most spectacular section, take Te Anga Road from the village, turn left onto Tumutumu Road, and park at Ruakuri Reserve. Walk the 30-minute loop through natural rock tunnels and across cantilevered bridges beneath limestone bluffs. The trail can be slippery following wet weather, and there are some steep sections, so wear good walking shoes. Many people come after dusk for a free view of the local glowworms; bring a flashlight to find your way.


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