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Kiwi Paka Waitomo

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Kiwi Paka

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Kiwi Paka - Kiwi Paka Waitomo. Copyright Kiwi Paka Waitomo.

Staying at Kiwi Paka is a peaceful and special experience. Waitomo is a unique New Zealand rural town and Kiwi Paka sits in the centre of it.

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Staying at Kiwi Paka is a peaceful and special experience. Waitomo is a unique New Zealand rural town and Kiwi Paka sits in the centre of it. The large sunny decks over look the local scenery and you are just two minutes walk from the famous glow worm caves or 1 minute to the famous Curlys Bar. We have affordable accommodation with shared facilities or Chalets with ensuites.

The Kiwi Paka Morepork Pizzeria and Cafe is the place to be. Fully licensed with a great menu selection to suit all so come along and check us out the next time you are in Waitomo.

Waitomo is world famous for its glowworm caves, Black Water Rafting, cave abseiling (rappelling), cave eco-tours and landscapes; Waitomo being in the heart of the King Country is an adventure wonderland easily reached from Auckland, Rotorua and Taupo. Otorohanga and Te Kuiti are nearby and are friendly country towns with, shopping and dining experiences. On the west Coast are the charming seaside villages of Kawhia, Marokopa and Mokau which all have stunning beaches. Waitomo Caves and the "King Country" are in the central western North Island, south of Auckland & Hamilton and west of Rotorua & Taupo. Auckland is less than a 3 hour drive, Hamilton 1 hour, Rotorua & Taupo just over 2 hours.

Undulating green fields, tumbling waterfalls, spectacular rural vistas and, of course, its world renowned limestone formations and cave systems make Waitomo a destination like no other. 30 million years ago the entire Waitomo region lay far beneath the sea. Today, both above and below ground, it stands as a revealing testament to a landmark period in New Zealand's and the world's natural history. It is also a region that offers a multitude of recreational sightseeing and tourist attractions. So much so, that it's virtually impossible to take it all in over just one day. So take two or even a few days and discover Waitomo at your own pace.

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Review date:   April 20, 2018 5:13AM
Review:   Budget accommodation. Room was clean, beds were comfy. Reception/food staff could spend less time mucking around and instead offer better customer service. Downfall, staff forgot my food order left me waiting while they chatted and also ignored another customer. Plus side - they make great milkshakes
Author:   Julie Harris
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   May 13, 2018 4:41AM
Review:   Lovely place, no bunk beds! Stayed in lodge section, Very spacious, good kitchens, bathrooms games room and communal areas. Located next to pub with lots of great meal options. Would definitely stay here again.
Author:   Belinda Skelton
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   November 23, 2017 7:30PM
Review:   Received a very friendly welcome. Room was nice, clean with good amenities. Feel relaxed and chilled out. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this accommodation. Reasonably priced too.
Author:   Philip Daniell
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   March 12, 2018 12:58AM
Review:   Rooms are clean and fare good, but no WiFi in room is why I gave it only one star
Author:   Steven Yang
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Review date:   March 4, 2018 6:54AM
Review:   Place was fine but wifi terrible - only in main building which locks up at 5 or 6pm.
Author:   Lyn Garrah
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