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Kids in Waikato and King Country, New Zealand

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Waitomo Caves

Adventure activities

Brought to you by the man who invented (and coined the phrase) ‘black-water-rafting’, Spellbound offers an enthralling (and dry) cave-venturing alternative. The galaxy of glowworms and the intricate knowledge possessed by this small and personable operation have impressed the likes of (no less than) Sir David Attenborough. For the best glowworm appreciation Waitomo has to offer Spellbound remains absurdly modest and incredibly good value.

  • Prices: Adults $55 pp, children (4-14 yrs) $20 pp, children (0-3 yrs) free.
  • Contact: Waitomo Caves Museum, 21 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves
  • Tel: 07-878-7640 or freephone 0800-773-552 (within New Zealand) (0800 SPELLB)
  • Fax: 07-878-7622
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  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Otorohanga Kiwi House


Bird experts & tours

For those wishing to spot a real-life version of New Zealand’s national symbol this is the place to do it. Night and day have been reversed at the Otorohanga kiwi house with the aid of an artificial moon and good ol' black-out techniques. These wacky nocturnal birds were a lot bigger than I expected. When you consider this charity-run conservation operation also houses one of New Zealand’s largest walk-in aviaries and displays more bird knowledge than is safely recordable in a day you’ll feel guilty not paying more than the ridiculously low entry fee.

  • Prices: The cost of entry is $12.00 for adults and $4.00 for children (5-16 years old) accompanied by adults. Children under 5 years old are free.
  • Contact: Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga
  • Tel: 07-873-7391
  • Fax: 07-873-7356
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  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Waikato and King Country Highlights

  • Check out the English-style countryside of Cambridge. The rural village is famous for breeding and training thoroughbred horses. You may even catch a spot of cricket on the green.
  • Take full advantage of the rolling landscapes, country gardens and rich farmland of the Waikato. This is Hobbit country and the most beautiful of shires.
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