Fodor's Expert Review Waitomo Walkway
Passing through forests and impressive limestone outcrops, the 5-km (3-mile) Waitomo Walkway—which begins across the road from the i-SITE Discovery Centre and follows the Waitomo River—is one of the country's most interesting short treks. 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. Note that the trail can be slippery following wet weather, and there are 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.