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Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge
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UK
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120 reviews
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“Lovely Rooms”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

We spent one night here as we travelled to the north of NZ North Island. Our room was very good, clean and spacious, the bathroom had an excellent shower. Janet and Colin were very approachable hosts, we even found out that we were University contemporaries. The accommodation has many extra, washing machines, fridges etc., the only thing that prevents me giving it an excellent was the adequate breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 18 January 2014
Thanks for the review. I tend to disagree with the breakfast being described as 'adequate' as do most of the guests who stay with us.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

Situated in the heart of Waitomo village, the b and b ticked all the boxes for a very comfortable stay. We stayed in a room with its own verdandah overlooking the back garden with the view from the bedroom looking out across the valley and the b and b's lovely gardens. Colin was most helpful in recommending tours and we found his advice most helpful also in eating out options in the evening, would highly recommend staying here.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 17 January 2014
Thanks for the review. Hopefully our advice will help our guests fully enjoy their stay in Waitomo.
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SAN DIEGO
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

I chose Waitomo Caves BB based on the excellent reviews posted on Trip Advisor and was so pleased I made the right choice. We were spending 7nts exploring 3 areas in the Central part of the North Island and Waitomo was our first destination. Our other motel stays paled in comparison to the B&B. Waitomo is very,very small but incredible, only wished we had stayed 3 nights instead of 2. Our hosts, Janet and Colin were welcoming from the get go and provided so much info not only on Waitomo but also our other upcoming destinations. Their info is based on their own experiences and not second hand. The continental breakfast was satisfying and offered the fuel you need to start your day, I especially liked the number of condiments at the table like Nuttela, Vegemite, etc. Our room was immaculate, beautiful view, well equipped w/ hot water kettle, condiments, blow dryer, Colin's biscuits served flesh daily to your room. The ground are beautiful with flowers every where you look.

Room Tip: We stayed in an upstairs room and loved it. Really all the rooms seemed nice.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Thank you for your kind comments. We're glad you enjoyed your stay in Waitomo. There are lots of things you can do in this area, not just the caves, so many visitors are extending their stay to explore the amazing limestone countryside.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed here for one night so we could see the glow worm caves. Colin was very hospitable and helpful in providing information about what to see and where to eat in Waitomo.
This place is in the perfect location for touring this area, with all the main restaurants within 100m of the the lodge.
We found the accommodation extremely basic but comfortable, and the breakfast was great. Would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Thanks for the review. I do not know what is meant by "the rooms are extremely basic". They all have new en-suite bathrooms with soft soap, shampoo and conditioner. All rooms have new flat screen TVs. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities with home made biscuits.
No, we are not a 5-star hotel because we are a B&B, but most guests appreciate the personal touch that we offer.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We had a great time staying with Colin and Janet at their cozy B&B. They were a really nice couple and the rooms were nice and quiet. We were right in the heart of Waitomo, only minutes away from the Discovery Center and the Ruakiri Cave. They provided flashlights and directions on how to do a free hike to see the glow worms after dark at the Ruakiri Cave park, only 5 minutes away by car, and a short 10 minute hike. They provided towels for our use when we went to the Blackwater Rafting tour, and let us leave our luggage there. It was a great way to be able to have a breakfast and then experience the 9am tour without having to drive a long way before doing so.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Thanks for the review. Hopefully we will see you again, sometime in the future.
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We had the wonderful opportunity of staying with Colin and Janet at their guest lodge while visiting Waitomo in November 2013. The rooms/suites are beautiful and clean and the scenery surrounding their lodge is lovely. Our hosts went out of their way to recommend places to eat and visit while we were in the area. As we were traveling from overseas, Colin and Janet also facilitated our tour through the caves with Paul from Green Glow adventures-a tour well worth taking. I would highly recommend this lodge and will plan to stay their again when we return to New Zealand.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 4 January 2014
Thank you for your comments. We're pleased you enjoyed your stay in Waitomo - everyone who goes to Greenglow loves it.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We stayed only 1 night with Janet & Colin (& Gypsy the dog!). Colin was so helpful in pointing us in the right direction for some hiking trails and making dinner reservations as well. The continental breakfast was lovely and the gardens around the lodge were beautiful. We had a large, clean room with a private little patio that was handy for a glass of wine after a hike. Have recommended to friends heading toward Waitomo in January.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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colinWaitomo, Owner at Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge, responded to this review, 21 December 2013
Thanks for the review. We do have all the information here so guests can plan their stay in Waitomo.
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Property: Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge
Address: 7 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Waitomo Caves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right in the heart of Waitomo Caves village, opposite the award winning Huhu Café and just a short walk to the Waitomo i-Site/Discovery Centre, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, cave adventure tourist operators, the tavern and pizzeria. 8 quality ensuite studio units in a beautiful, peaceful, garden setting, with lovely views over the surrounding countryside. ... more   less 
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