10 Best Homestays in Waitomo
10 Best Homestays in Waitomo

10 Best Homestays in Waitomo

© Mohaonui Farmstay

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 Airbnb rooms with this list of the best homestays in Waitomo. Plus, don’t forget to plan your trip with our Complete Guide to Waitomo.

1. 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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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© The Loft at Te Kumi Tirohanga

2. 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 with 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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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© Mohaonui Farmstay

3. Waitomo Golfstays B&B

Set beside the lush fairways of the Waitomo Golf Club, Waitomo Golfstays B&B offers a tranquil retreat for 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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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© Waitomo Golfstays B&B

4. 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 and 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 Accommodation in Waitomo.

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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© The End Lounge B&B

5. 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 yourself to. The accommodation has hot drink-making facilities but no other cooking amenities.

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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© Silk Tree Garage Room

6. 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.

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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© The Neuk

7. Nadarra Hideaway

An off-the-grid farmstay just 8km (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. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo.

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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© Nadarra Hideaway

8. 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.

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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© Glenburn Farm Cottage

9. 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.

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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© Rachel's Farmstay

10. 40 Winks

Last but by no means least, 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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10 Best Homestays in Waitomo© 40 Winks


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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