10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo
10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo

10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo

© Waitomo Boutique Lodge

Kid-friendly Accommodation in Waitomo

After exploring the magnificent glowworm caves, walking to majestic waterfalls, seeing a farm show or visiting a kiwi house, you and your family are going to want to retreat to somewhere where you can enjoy and relax together. In and around Waitomo are plenty of family-friendly accommodations to suit a range of tastes, needs and budgets, including holiday parks, self-catering motels, historic hotels and lodges. Check out some of your best options for a stay near the famous caves with this list of the best family accommodation in Waitomo.

For more advice on planning your trip, check out The Guide to Waitomo for Families.

1. Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park

Just down the road from Waitomo Village and its nearby caving attractions, you’ll struggle to find a better location in Waitomo! Not only offering camping sites and powered sites for campervans, but the Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park also offers affordable one and two-bedroom motel units. Children love the playground with a trampoline, as well as the large swimming pool to cool off in the summer. Some of the accommodations have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, while the motel units are fully self-contained.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park

2. Waitomo Caves Hotel

For families looking for more of a hotel experience, book into one of the family rooms of the Waitomo Caves Hotel. Set in a Victorian-style building overlooking Waitomo Village, the Waitomo Caves Hotel sets the scene for a stay in a bygone era. Family rooms feature a queen and two single beds in the same room with an ensuite shower room. Don’t worry about cooking, as the on-site restaurant has you covered for breakfast and dinner. And if Mum needs some time out, there’s also an on-site spa.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Waitomo Caves Hotel

3. Woodlyn Park Motel

As featured in our 10 Unique Accommodations in the North Island, Woodlyn Park Motel allows guests to stay in either a Hobbit Hole, a boat, a train or a plane. The wacky motel is just a two-minute drive from the Waitomo cave tours. All of the accommodations fit at least four guests, with the Hobbit Hole fitting up to six, making this a good option for most tribes. Some accommodations like the plane have an age restriction, however, so be sure to inquire before booking.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Woodlyn Park Motel

4. Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge

Offering a range of triple and family rooms, the Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge provides a homely and affordable stay for families. Enjoy a continental breakfast each morning before embarking on your next cave adventure and enjoy the warmth of your unit’s heatpump and electric blankets. Kids will enjoy exploring the B&Bs verdant gardens, while mum and dad might like to relax on the deck with a barbecue. The central location in Waitomo Village is ideal for most of the walks in the area, as listed in the 5 Best Walks in Waitomo.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge

5. Waitomo Boutique Lodge

To celebrate a special occasion or simply to treat the family, stay at the Waitomo Boutique Lodge. It’s the farmstay you will never want to leave with its extensive gardens for the kids to run around, an outdoor swimming pool and gorgeous views of the Waitomo countryside. The Loft at the lodge is the best option for families, sleeping up to six guests with its own lounge and bathroom. See more like this in The Luxury Guide to Waitomo.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Waitomo Boutique Lodge

6. Glow Worm Motel

Conveniently located between Waitomo and Otorohanga, the Glow Worm Motel offers a family-friendly atmosphere throughout its nine self-contained units. Families have the choice of family units sleeping up to six, while the three-bedroom cottage provides a real home-away-from-home experience. On-site are swings for the kids, a gas barbecue, laundry machines, free WiFi and cots are available. See what there is to do in Otorohanga in the 5 Fun Things to Do in Otorohanga.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Glow Worm Motel

7. Panorama Motor Inn

An alternative location to stay near Waitomo, the Panorama Motor Inn is located in the town of Te Kuiti, New Zealand’s Sheep Shearing Capital! Aside from checking out the giant shearer statue and exploring the family-friendly parks, families can enjoy an affordable stay in one of the family rooms with an ensuite bathroom. On-site is a restaurant and a swimming pool in summer. Portacots are available. See what to do in the town with the 5 Fun Things to Do in Te Kuiti.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Panorama Motor Inn

8. Otorohanga Kiwi Holiday Park

Another great stay for families in Otorohanga, the Otorohanga Kiwi Holiday Park has a wealth of family-friendly facilities and is just a short walk from the town. When the kids aren’t jumping in the pool and playing in the playground, stay in one of the well-appointed self-contained units with everything you need to enjoy a peaceful stay. Of course, there are tent and powered sites available too.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Otorohanga Kiwi Holiday Park

9. Caves Motor Inn

A selection of self-contained units between Waitomo and Otorohanga, Caves Motor Inn offers a tranquil retreat in the countryside for families. The two-bedroom family rooms ensure everyone gets their own space, while the kitchen facilities make it easier to stick to your budget. Nevertheless, if you wish to treat yourself, there is a restaurant on-site.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Caves Motor Inn

10. Otorohanga & Waitomo Motels

Last but certainly not least, the Otorohanga & Waitomo Motels features 12 comfortable units with a number of various layouts to suit families. Choose from affordable one-bedroom units, the more spacious two-bedroom units or the family unit for larger groups. All units have a full kitchen with an oven, hob, microwave and fridge, while the heatpumps and electric blanks will keep the family warm in winter.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo© Otorohanga & Waitomo Motels


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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