5 Best Hotels in Waitomo
5 Best Hotels in Waitomo

5 Best Hotels in Waitomo

© Waitomo Caves Hotel

The Best Waitomo Hotels

The glowworm caves of Waitomo have been attracting visitors for more than a century, which is why one of the only real hotels in the village is a historic hotel full of turn-of-the-century charm. Those seeking a true holiday stay in Waitomo might want to forget the motels and holiday parks of the area and stay in one of the more stylish hotel rooms of Waitomo, dine at hotel restaurants and enjoy simply being on holiday. Admittedly, the hotel options are minimal in the quaint village of Waitomo, but we also list some of the great hotel alternatives in this list of the best hotels in Waitomo.

For more accommodation options, we recommend browsing the 10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Waitomo.

1. Waitomo Caves Hotel

One of only two actual hotels in Waitomo, the Waitomo Cave Hotel provides a comfortable stay for discerning travellers. Set in a Victorian building overlooking Waitomo Village, the hotel offers various grades of private double rooms, from the affordable Standard Rooms to the lavish Deluxe King Rooms with private access to a spacious shared balcony. Families will also find a comfortable place here with family rooms featuring a queen and two single beds and an ensuite. In between caving adventures, enjoy dining at the on-site restaurant and indulging in the spa pool room.

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5 Best Hotels in Waitomo© Waitomo Caves Hotel

2. Kiwi Paka Waitomo

A budget hotel a short walk from Waitomo Village, Kiwi Paka Waitomo is a good choice for a short stay. The hotel has private double, twin and quadruple rooms, some with an ensuite shower room, while others have shared bathrooms. There are also dorms available should you want to keep things ultra-cheap. The chalet with a kitchenette is your only self-catering option, while most guests enjoy meals at the on-site cafe or at the cafes and bars in the village. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Waitomo.

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5 Best Hotels in Waitomo© Kiwi Paka Waitomo

3. Waitomo Boutique Lodge

Now that we’ve exhausted the hotel offerings in Waitomo, let’s run through some of the alternative accommodations that offer something similar to a hotel. One option is the luxury Waitomo Boutique Lodge with modern yet elegant double rooms with queen beds and elevated views of the surrounding farmland and gardens. Additionally, the Montrose Cottage is a separate accommodation from the lodge tucked away in the gardens. Get more advice on planning a luxury stay in The Luxury Guide to Waitomo. We also list this accommodation in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Waitomo.

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5 Best Hotels in Waitomo© Waitomo Boutique Lodge

4. Juno Hall Backpackers

Only moments away from Waitomo’s popular caving tours, Juno Hall Backpackers might be a hostel, but the private double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms are a worthy option if you usually prefer to stay in hotels. Note that some of these rooms have shared bathroom facilities, so be sure to book an ensuite room if that’s what you prefer. The homely accommodation has a communal kitchen and dining area with a fireplace roaring in winter. Seeing and even feeding the farm animals is often part of the experience.

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5 Best Hotels in Waitomo© Juno Hall Backpackers

5. Abseil Inn

Enjoy commanding views over Waitomo Village and its surrounding valley from the ridgetop position of the Abseil Inn. The boutique lodge offers hotel-style rooms for couples and solo travellers at an affordable rate. Each room has an ensuite, unique decor and one even features a two-person bath – ideal for those seeking a romantic getaway. The lodge has comfortable communal areas, such as the lounge with an honesty bar, an outdoor patio and a seating area surrounding a fire pit. See more like this in the 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Waitomo.

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5 Best Hotels in Waitomo© Abseil Inn


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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