Grandeur and seclusion set the tone for this unique historical hotel situated on a hill overlooking the stunning Waitomo Village and the famous Waitomo Caves. Surrounded by natural bush and beautifully maintained gardens, this stunning country lodge style property is perfect for conferences, meetings and incentive travel. Guests are welcomed by sweeping staircases, large open fireplaces, unique architecture and a vast art collection. The hotel is within walking distance of the Waitomo Caves, Blackwater Rafting, Horse Riding, Angora Farm, Waitomo Museum, Information Centre and Village. The Lazy Trout, our inhouse restaurant, is open for breakfast and dinner 7 days a week (lunch is available for groups on request).
The Victorian Wing
This Building was completed in 1908 and was originally called the “Government Hostel at Waitomo”. The architecture is typically New Zealand Victorian but is based on an Eastern European mountain chalet. Victorian architect loved asymmetry and none of the hotel’s four walls or four corners are the same. There were only six bedrooms for guests; the other rooms were an office/reception, kitchen, dining room and staff rooms.
The Art Deco Wing
By the mid 1920’s the “Government Hostel” was too small for the growing number of visitors to the Waitomo caves. In 1928 the “concrete wing” was built. This was the Art Deco period, which took its architectural influences from many sources. The concrete pillars and facades are in the Cape Dutch style often seen in South Africa.
The use of thick concrete walls, decks and patios are an American influence and come from the Spanish missionary settlements in California. The new wing added another twenty-four bedrooms to the hostel: none of these rooms had bathroom and most were very small. A large kitchen and dinning room were also added.
Wellesley Hotels and Resorts
The Waitomo Caves hotel is operated by Wellesley Hotels and Resorts, a New Zealand owned hotel group with decades of experience running heritage and boutique properties around the world. Recently we started investing in a renovation programme in order to help this "New Zealand jewel" back to her former glory.
A soft refurbishment has taken place in the public areas and feature the new spa and relaxation area, reception, restaurant and the impressive new art collection on display in the hotel's public areas that provide links to the regions history and its base in Maori culture.
Waitomo Caves Hotel has a large lounge and bar open. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner and the hotel offers two lovely function venues. Each accommodaiton room includes a private bathroom, tea/ coffee making facilities, mini refrigerator and a TV. Luggage storage facilities and Wi-Fi access are available.