The Best Homestays, B&Bs and Farmstays in Waitomo
Above the Waitomo Caves are seemingly never-ending vistas of rolling farmland to enjoy. One of the best ways to experience it in tranquillity is through one of the many homestays and farmstays in the area. Locals open up their spare rooms, cabins and cottages for visitors to share in the experience of real rural life in New Zealand. What’s more, some are irresistibly affordable.
Discover some of our favourite homestays, B&Bs, farmstays and more with this list of the best homestays in Waitomo. Plus, don’t forget to plan your trip with our Complete Guide to Waitomo.
1. Waitomo Orchard Estate B&B
Elegantly decorated with a quaint country house aesthetic, the Waitomo Orchard Estate B&B offers a cosy stay for couples, solo travellers and couples of friends travelling together. There are twin and double rooms of various grades, most of which share a bathroom and a lounge. The highlight of the B&B, however, is the two acres of gardens with a sun terrace and spa pool overlooking it all. Of course, continental breakfast is also included in your stay.
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2. Waitomo Golfstays B&B
Set beside the lush fairways of the Waitomo Golf Club, Waitomo Golfstays B&B offers a tranquil retreat after a round of golf or caving in Waitomo. There are four rooms available at this modern B&B including double and twin rooms, each with an ensuite. A continental breakfast is left in your room to enjoy at your leisure, but your friendly hosts are often available should you need recommendations.
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3. Aranui Farmstay
One of the closest homestays and farmstays to Waitomo Village, Aranui Farmstay offers an attractive studio unit for an affordable price. When you’re not retreating in your modernly appointed studio-for-two, relax in the gardens or on the hills of this expansive farm. Cook up your own treats with your kitchenette, but you won’t need to worry about breakfast as a wonderfully presented continental breakfast is included in your stay.
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4. The Loft at Te Kumi Tirohanga
A farmstay close to Te Kuiti and just over 10 minutes drive from Waitomo Village, The Loft at Te Kumi Tirohanga offers a stay in a modern farmhouse among Waikato farmland. Guests stay in a spacious fully self-contained accommodation separate from the hosts’ homestead so ultimate privacy can be enjoyed. Ideal for families and groups, The Loft sleeps up to four guests. Check out some of the attractions in Te Kuiti in the 5 Fun Things to Do in Te Kuiti.
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5. Mohaonui Farmstay
Take your pick, a private queen room in the homestead of a 60ha (150-acre) dairy farm or a separate cottage on the property. Mohaonui Farmstay in Otorohanga can provide both at its farmstay accommodation close to Waitomo. Enjoy extensive lawns among mature trees and vibrant gardens between staying in your quaint cottage with elegant decor and modern amenities. Breakfast and WiFi are included in your stay. See some of the attractions nearby in the 5 Fun Things to Do in Otorohanga.
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6. The End Lounge B&B
An affordable stay in Otorohanga and a short drive from Waitomo, The End Lounge B&B is an ideal choice for couples on a budget. Stay in a spacious studio-style room with a microwave, breakfast-making facilities, an ensuite and a private garden area with an outdoor bath for relaxation. Guests are also free to use the outdoor swimming pool to cool off in summer. See more cheap retreats in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Waitomo.
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7. Nadarra Hideaway
An off-the-grid farmstay just 8 km (5 miles) from the attractions of the Waitomo, Nadarra Hideaway is powered by the sun, wind and fire while offering modern amenities like WiFi and a kitchen. Meet the farm animals and see native birds on this property, while you stay in the two available bedrooms for guests with a private bathroom in a rustic-style farmhouse. It’s a great option for families along with the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Waitomo.
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8. 40 Winks
40 Winks is a cute B&B stay near Otorohanga. Stay in a cosy cabin with rural-inspired decor and homemade toasted muesli and toast for breakfast each morning. Enjoy breakfast on the deck of your cabin or on the breakfast bench inside. Your biggest space is outside among the lawns with a hammock and other outdoor furniture.
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9. The Neuk
Couples and solo travellers will find tranquillity, comfort and affordability at The Neuk homestay near Waitomo and Te Kuiti. Your private room has a king-sized bed with a private bathroom, while another room is available on request if you’re two couples travelling together. You’ll share the main lounge with your hosts which has a cosy fire roaring in the winter, while the swimming pool is available to make use of in the summer. Check out more couple-centric stays in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Waitomo.
The Neuk is available on Airbnb.
10. Silk Tree Garage Room
One of the closest homestays to the caving attractions of Waitomo, you’ll be lucky to book a room at the Silk Tree Garage Room. Those who do manage to grab this affordable spare room will have a queen-sized bed and ensuite, views of surrounding farmland and fruit trees to help themselves to. The accommodation has hot drink-making facilities but no other cooking amenities.
The Silk Tree Garage Room is available on Airbnb.
11. Glenburn Farm Cottage
This cosy private cottage with views of the property’s farm and the surrounding valley is another excellent farmstay near Waitomo. Glenburn Farm Cottage accommodates up to three guests with a private shower room, a kitchenette, fresh rainwater and cow’s milk! There are open spaces across the farm to enjoy and a firepit ideal for keeping warm as you watch the stars. Discover more small-scale stays in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Waitomo.
Glenburn Farm Cottage is available on Airbnb
12. [CLOSED] Farmstay with Million Dollar Views
Enjoy a real New Zealand farm experience at this farmstay hosted by Rachel. Rachel opens up her spare guest room to solo travellers and couples, as well as the shared living room with a cosy fireplace and an outside deck to soak in the sun in summer. In spring, help your host feed the calves and/or enjoy exploring the farm with horses, cows, chickens and dogs throughout the year.
More Homestays and B&Bs in Waitomo
That’s it for our guide to the best B&Bs and homestays in Waitomo. For more accommodation options, as well as things to do, check these out:
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Waitomo.