Wai Dome O

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Wai Dome O

Waitomo District

Wai Dome O is 5 minutes from Waitomo township in the Waikato, and just over two hours drive from Auckland. It's just a few minutes away from one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural attractions – the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Positioned on the top of a steep hill, the views over the rolling farmland hills and native bush are breathtaking. In the distance, you can see the Ngaroma Hills, Mt Pureora and even the grand Waitomo Caves Hotel.

The Dome is a large geodesic structure with front-row seats to soak up the views over the valley. A comfortable queen-sized bed, a small lounging area and a dining table are located inside. The toilet can be found a few steps outside the dome, while the kitchen and shower areas are located in their own separate buildings a few metres away. All of these structures were built using beautiful Lawson timber from the heart of the farm itself.

During the day, take advantage of all the amazing activities in the region... In the evening, relax. Watch the sky turn shades of pink and purple until the stars begin to sparkle and the moreporks start to call.

FROM $290 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


301 Te Anga Road, Waitomo Caves


Wai-Dome-O is set in the Waikato, 5 minutes from Waitomo and just over 2 hours drive from Auckland.

Follow the Google Maps directions to the address. The driveway is easy to miss so make sure you slow down as you get closer.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions, the lockbox code and your host's contact details 5-days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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2. cancellation, date changes and severe weather warnings

3. safety and hazards

4. pets

5. GST

6. conditions of occupancy and conduct

7. authority to sign

  • Eating and Drinking

    Wai Dome O is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, The Tomo Bar & Eatery is an authentic kiwi pub with appetising food and a cosy atmosphere. There is also the HUHU Cafe, a great option for coffee and lunch. Both are only a 5-minute drive away.

    The nearest store for stocking up on food and supplies is in Otorohanga, 18 minutes away.

  • Things to do

    Wai Dome O is the ideal place to relax. Soak up the view while soaking in the luxurious bathtub. Watch the sky turn shades of pink and purple as the sun sets over the land. 

    If you feel like being adventurous, the Waitomo District has so much to offer.

    Explore the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves just a 5-minute drive away. Take a guided boat ride through the grotto and watch the cave come to life.

    Walk the Mangapohue Natural Bridge and admire the 25 million-year-old fossilised oysters in the limestone arches (just a 20 minute drive away).

    The Marokopa Falls, nearby Mangapohue Natural Bridge, is another unique local experience. The 35m high waterfall is described as the most beautiful in the country. The Piripiri Caves is also open to the general public to explore (30 minutes away).

    Blackwater rafting, abseiling, caving and rock climbing are all available in the area.  

    For some pampering, visit the Waitomo Day Spa just 5-minutes away. Massages at the dome can be organised via your host.

    Board games are provided at the dome.

  • Your Hosts

    Christen and Katie, along with their 1-year old son Thomas and Olaf the sausage dog, are your hosts at Wai Dome O.

    The farm has been in Christen's family since the early 1900s. Christen’s father, Peter, was also heavily involved in the caving world and setting up the local museum. Now with the land passed to Christen and Katie’s ownership, they've created a new tourism venture, Wai Dome O.

    Living in a truly stunning part of the country, with backgrounds working in tourism, it was a natural step for Katie and Christen to share what they have for guests to enjoy. 

    Wai Dome O is a play on the place name 'Waitomo'.

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