- Have some coffee and dessert at HUHU Cafe.
- Have a filling meal at Waitomo Homestead.
- Float at Waitomo Day Spa.
- Visit Waitomo Caves Museum.
- Have a staycation at Waitomo Lodge.
- Play some golf at Waitomo Golf Club.
- Have a drink or two at Tomo Bar & Eatery.
- Get lost in literary worlds at Waitomo District Library.
- Work out at Gallagher Recreation Centre.
- Enjoy yoga with Mind-Yoga-Meditation.
Vacationing in Waitomo but hit with a spot of wet weather? Believe it or not, rainy days here don’t put a stop to the fun.
If you don’t believe us, check out our list below. Our staff listed our favorite local spots and activities for quiet rainy afternoons in Waitomo and then voted on the best ones for this list!
1. Have some coffee and dessert at HUHU Cafe.
|ADDRESS||10 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 878 6674|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday- Sunday (12:00 PM to late)|
|COST||Varies depending on order:
Small Plates range from $8-$21
Salads range from $7.50- $14
Children’s menu ranges from $5- $15
Large Plates range from $20 - $42
Desserts range from $6- $16
If you’re looking for a great cafe in Waitomo with good dessert options, then check out HUHU Cafe. Personally, we find their ice cream and apple rhubarb crumble irresistible.
Other than desserts, they have an extensive menu that’s natural and healthy – which is great, especially for those with dietary concerns or restrictions. They have many vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.
Just let them know if you have any allergies when you order. They’re very accommodating, based on our experience.
Coffee lovers will also love to know they use high-quality coffee beans, making a fantastic cup of joe perfect for those cold rainy afternoons.
Their cafe is comfy and cozy. The people there are also very warm and friendly toward tourists – so it’s easy to feel at ease.
During colder seasons, you can sit next to the wood burner there to keep warm. You can also enjoy views of Waitomo Village from the cafe.
2. Have a filling meal at Waitomo Homestead.
|ADDRESS||584 State Highway 3, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 873 7397|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Sunday (8 AM-5:30 PM)|
|COST||Varies depending on order:
Meeting Room Menu:
Brewed coffee & Tea: $4.00/per person
Brewed coffee, tea & orange juice: $6.50/per person
Morning/Afternoon Tea Package: $9.50/per person
Lunch Menu: $22.50/per person
Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea package: $38.00/per person
Homestead Buffet: $60.00/per person (minimum of 40 people)
If a filling meal is what you’re after, then Waitomo Homestead is a must-visit. They’re well-known for their delicious meat pies and chicken with broccoli.
We also love them for their superb customer service. The staff is so kind and welcoming, so there’s no surprise that they have a lot of regulars here.
They have a great buffet menu and can even meet dietary requirements with their customized menu. We love their roast beef and mushroom and wings the most – you should try them to see what we mean.
You can even have corporate functions and organizational events here since they have two spacious conference rooms perfect for networking and team building. You can inquire by calling their number, they’re very responsive to questions.
3. Float at Waitomo Day Spa.
|ADDRESS||1228 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 878 7789|
|OPERATING HOURS||Wednesday -Friday (10 AM- 5:00 PM)|
|COST||Float for 1 hour: $98.00|
Waitomo Day Spa specializes in sensory-deprivation chambers that they call flotation tanks. Basically, they’re well-ventilated pods that are devoid of light and sound.
Admittedly, we found it intimidating at first, but after experiencing floating, we saw how it could help your mind drift into the deepest state of relaxation you can ever imagine.
You can meditate while floating or simply allow yourself to get lost in the moment.
It’s a very serene and peaceful experience and we highly recommend it if you want to destress. That being said, we realize it’s a bit pricey at $98 an hour, but we think it’s an experience worth adding to your bucket list.
4. Visit Waitomo Caves Museum.
|ADDRESS||21 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 878 7640|
|OPERATING HOURS||Friday-Sunday (9:30 AM- 4 PM)|
|COST||Adult: $5.00 (15 years old and above)
Child: Free (14 years old and below)
Group concession: $4.00 per person (10 people and above)
Want something simultaneously dark and illuminating? Visit New Zealand’s only speleological museum. Speleological simply means “concerning the study of caves.”
Since the main attractions in Waitomo are its many caves, it only makes sense that they have a museum where you can learn more about them. The displays are cave themed, and there are many fun activities for adults and kids.
You’ll learn more about the local community and the village’s history. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of geology and the development of caves and limestone landscapes.
They even sometimes show movies about caves as well. Overall, it’s a great educational activity perfect for the whole family.
5. Have a staycation at Waitomo Lodge.
|ADDRESS||62 Te Kumi Road, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 878 0003|
|OPERATING HOURS||24 hours|
|COST||One Bedroom Units (maximum of 4 people)
Family with tea/coffee facilities: $185/night for 3 people
Family with kitchenette: $195/night for 3 people
Family with kitchenette and spa bath: $230/night for 3 people
*($20.00 for extra person; children that are 2 years and below are free)
Studio Units (2 people)
Studio with tea/coffee facilities: $150/night
Studio with kitchenette: $155/night
Disability Access: $150/night
Riverside Studio Units
Riverside studio with tea/coffee facilities: $155/night for 2 people
Riverside twin studio with tea/coffee facilities: $160/night for 2 people $20 for extra person
Riverside studio with kitchenette: $170/night for 2 people
The Waitomo Lodge is the newest and arguably one of the best choices for accommodation in the village. It’s located in Te Kuiti, the cultural and social center of Waitomo.
Nothing beats enjoying the amenities at the motel when it’s raining and you don’t have a lot to do. You can lounge around and enjoy room service, a buffet breakfast, cable, Netflix, and of course, fast Wi-Fi.
Just note that the prices can vary during peak season, so make sure to check on their website before booking your stay.
6. Play some golf at Waitomo Golf Club.
|ADDRESS||68 Golf Road, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 27 235 8241|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Sunday (7 AM- 8 PM)|
9 holes: $25.00/person
18 holes: $40.00/person
18 holes (group of 20+; booking required): $20.00/person
9 holes: $30.00
18 holes: $40.00
Another great family activity is golf. At Waitomo Golf Club, you’ll enjoy an 18-hole golf course conveniently located between Otorohanga and Waitomo Caves.
There are a lot of activities, such as Ladies’ Day, Club Days, and other fun events and tournaments. They have low joining fees and membership fees, so if you’re staying in Waitomo for a longer period of time, then signing up for a membership might be worth considering.
Aside from the golf course, the club has a venue center and squash court.
7. Have a drink or two at Tomo Bar & Eatery.
|ADDRESS||Hotel, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 878 8448|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Wednesday (5 PM-10 PM)
Thursday-Sunday (12 PM- 10 PM)
|COST||Varies depending on the order
Entrees range from $8 - $13
Kids’ menu: $14
Mains range from $20 -$34
Desserts range from $10- $15
Stonegrill range from $31.90- $41.90
Note: This one is strictly for those of age.
Enjoy a few drinks at Tomo Bar & Eatery, the local watering hole in Waitomo. It’s an authentic Kiwi pub with amazing food, kind and welcoming staff, and plenty of drink options.
They have wines, craft beer, cocktails, and even hard drinks. They also have a wide range of food you can choose from to go with your drinks.
Aside from the solid atmosphere and delicious food, we love that they have Sky TV and pool tables here for entertainment. So you won’t be bored here, we promise!
Tomo Bar & Eatery is a great place to relax, chill, and have amazing conversations with friends and even get to know the locals.
8. Get lost in literary worlds at Waitomo District Library.
|ADDRESS||28 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 878 1028|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday- Friday (10 AM- 5 PM)|
|COST||Free (except for certain services such as scanning, binding documents, and rentals)|
Rainy days are perfect to get lost in a book. If you don’t have one with you, then go to Waitomo District Library to borrow some light reads.
Aside from good books, they also have laptops and desktops you can use, free Wi-Fi, photocopying and printing services, and a lot of free events you shouldn’t miss.
They even have an outreach or homebound service now where people with mobility issues can borrow and return books without leaving home. Someone from the library will take care of everything for you.
9. Work out at Gallagher Recreation Centre.
|ADDRESS||1A Eketone Street, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 260 6792|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday-Friday (6 AM-9 PM)
Saturday-Sunday (8 AM- 1 PM)
Snap Fitness - (6 AM-10 PM daily)
|COST||Adult Full Access Membership: $16.90/week
Concession Full Access Membership: $14.90/week
If you’re missing your local gym, then you can go to Gallagher Recreation Centre to work out while on vacation.
They have fitness classes, a gym with cardio and strength-building equipment, and a multipurpose stadium if you want to play sports like basketball, tennis, or badminton – so everything you can possibly need to exercise is all in one place.
Make the most of the rainy day by taking steps toward your health goals!
10. Enjoy yoga with Mind-Yoga-Meditation.
|ADDRESS||Rangitoto, Waitomo, New Zealand, 3982|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 20 4186 4661|
|COST||Starts at $20.00 for beginner classes|
Get your yoga mat ready and join Lakshika Kapukotuwa’s yoga classes in Rangitoto. She’s a certified yoga and meditation teacher with expertise in hatha yoga and ashtanga vinyasa yoga.
She has extensive experience teaching yoga and meditation. We loved her classes because they’re interactive, relaxing, and beginner-friendly.
Allot some time to take her class for a fulfilling and enjoyable time. Not only will you feel the stress melt away, but you’ll also get to work out your muscles and increase flexibility in the long run.
And there you go – a list of the best rainy-day activities in Waitomo! If you’re a local or a tourist with other spots and activities to suggest, send us a message because we’d love to hear from you!
We hope this article helped you in crafting your itinerary in Waitomo – rain or shine.
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