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Waitomo & Otorohanga (King Country) Visitor Attractions

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Carefully abseil down 100 metres into the lost world, Waitomo

Lost World Tour – 4 Hours

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(30 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

Slowly abseil (rappel) 100 metres into the ‘Lost World’, secured to your guide abseiling alongside. After the half hour descent, you return to the surface though another spectacular dry cavern.


Large Stalagmites & Stalactites in ST Benedicts Caverns New Zealand

St Benedict's Caverns

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(30 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

St Benedict's includes 2 abseils & a spectacular underground flying fox. It's regarded by many as NZ’s prettiest cave. A relatively gentle & dry trip, not too cold & wet, but lots of activity and fun.

Stunning Veiws into the surreal Lost World cavern

Lost World Epic – 7 hours

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(30 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

The Ultimate Adventure – 100-metre abseil into the surreal Lost World cavern followed by lunch underground. Then it's upstream - walking, swimming & climbing through cathedral-size vaults with waterfalls, ancient whalebones & oyster fossils, plus magnificent glowworms.


Legendary Black Water Rafting thought the stunning Ruakuri Cave

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

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(30 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

Cave tubing or black water rafting is a uniquely New Zealand experience involving the use of an inflated rubber inner tube to weave, jump & gently float your way through the Ruakuri Cave.

At a Relaxed Pace


Peaceful walks through the stunning Kamahi cottage's farm

Kamahi Farm Walks

[Free attraction]

View our farm walking trails here

Choose one of the walking trails across our beautiful hilltop farm.


Take a tour on the Family Farm in Waitomo

Farm Tour

 

Take a scenic farm tour & drive through our family farm with Evan as your guide ($50 per tour – subject to Evan's availability). August to October are the months for new-born lambs.


See New Zealand's Famous native bird at Otorohanga Kiwi House

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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(15 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

See NZ's iconic kiwi birds, plus daily keeper talks and feeding displays (kiwi, kea & kaka, kakariki and longfin eels). There’s a great range of native birds & reptiles in a peaceful park setting.


Stroll down and have a look at Sir Edmond Hillary's Walkway in otorohanga

‘Ed Hillary Walkway’ – Otorohanga

[Free attraction]

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(15 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

A 'gallery' of Kiwiana displays showcasing NZ's popular culture, history, heroes and icons. A great free attraction right in Otorohanga's main street.


Enter the unique 'Drum Entrance' & descend via a breathtaking spiral walkway in Ruakuri Cave

Ruakuri Cave

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(30 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

Enter the unique 'Drum Entrance' & descend via a breathtaking spiral walkway on a 1.6 kilometre guided tour. Ruakuri is New Zealand's longest underground guided walking tour.


the glowworm paradise of the Spellbound Cave, Mangawhitikau

Spellbound Glowworm Cave

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(30 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

A 3-hour tour of 2 caves: the glowworm paradise of the Spellbound Cave (Mangawhitikau) plus Te Ana o te Atua (the Cave of the Spirit). Includes a boat ride under a cave ceiling studded with glowworms. Safe, friendly, informative & suitable for all ages.


An Ancient cave system At Mangapohue

Mangapohue Natural Bridge

[Free attraction]
(45 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

Beautiful walk 5 kilometres past the Appletree Road turn-off on State Highway 37. The 17-metre high limestone arch, which spans Mangapohue Stream, is all that remains of an ancient cave system.


Check out the 36 metre waterfalls at Marokopa

Marokopa Falls

[Free attraction]

(50 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

20 minute return walk to the spectacular 36-metre waterfall, 2 kilometres past the Piripiri Cave off State Highway 37. The Marokopa Falls are among the most beautiful in the country. Don't forget your camera!

3 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at Kamahi

Kamahi Garden

[Free attraction]

View our garden in the Photo Gallery

Kamahi has 3 acres of landscaped gardens with panoramic views, BBQ facilities & lots of space for children to run and play.


Catch your share at Waipa River Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing

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We can advise you about great spots for trout fishing in our local Waipa River. (Fishing season October–June).


Otorohanga Township is New Zealands Official Kiwiana town

Otorohanga township

(15 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

New Zealand's official Kiwiana Town "(often called 'Oto' by locals) is a friendly, easy-going farming community and the perfect example of the Kiwi icon that is the one street town. Decorated with murals and displays of other Kiwiana, including the All Blacks, sheep, Maori carvings, gumboots, Anchor butter and pavlova." (Lonely Planet 2006). Great shopping, food and freshly roasted coffees at the Origin Coffee Company in the restored Railway Station.


Waitomo Golf & Country Club

(20 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

The Waitomo Golf Course (par 72) off State Highway 3 welcomes visitors.

(To check availability phone: 07 873 7978)


Take a stroll near Waitomo with this popular scenic walk at Ruakuri

Ruakuri Scenic Reserve walk

[Free attraction]
(35 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

Click to read about this popular walk near Waitomo


World Famous Waitomo Glow Cave

Waitomo Glow Worm Cave

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(30 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

Waitomo's original & world famous glowworm experience. A 45-minute guided tour through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery ending with a boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.


4 kilometre past the Mangapohue natural Bridge is the awesome Piripiri Cave

Piripiri Cave

[Free attraction]
(50 minute drive from Kamahi Cottage)

4 kilometres past the Mangapohue Natural Bridge off State Highway 37. The cave is not operated commercially, so you will need a torch and good boots, as the cave floor is slippery.


Kids keeping warm in the hot water beach sand

Kawhia & Aotea
(on the beautiful West Coast)

[Free attraction]


(1 hour drive from Kamahi Cottage via State Highway 31 from Otorohanga)

Fabulous scenery, dramatic black-iron sand beaches, fishing, boat trips & the amazing Hot Water Beach (Te Puia Hot Springs) on Kawhia’s Ocean Beach. Go at low tide - we'll give you a spade to dig your own hot pool!

  • We will be recommending this place to everyone for years to come! — Tripadvisor.

  • Elisabeth's pastries are as sweet as her welcome. — Tripadvisor.

  • Can't recommend Kamahi highly enough, and hope to get back there in a few years. — Tripadvisor.

  • I would hope to be able to stay at Kamahi Cottage on any return to the North Island. — Tripadvisor.

  • The hosts are warm, professional and friendly. Highly recommended! — Tripadvisor.

  • For city dwellers like me, Kamahi Cottage was absolute paradise. — Tripadvisor.