Our second stop on our road trip through New Zealand was the country town of Waitomo. Why Waitomo?
Well, if you're an adventure seeker, or even a mild one like me, how could you pass up an opportunity to go on one of the most unique spelunking tours I've ever heard of. In the Ruakuri Cave, you zip line, jump off cliffs, climb up waterfalls, and float through a tunnel of glow worms.
There aren't a whole lot of lodging options nearby, but even with the rather bland name, the Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park was really a great place to stay. There are a couple of styles of accommodation, ranging from tent sites, to motel rooms, to cabins. The best part; there's an amazing gluten free friendly restaurant just next door.
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We opted for an ensuite cabin which offered us a refrigerator, basic dishware, and kitchen sink - great for making some of our own meals in the room. The room itself was nicely furnished and with fun touches like gerber daises on the table. The sitting porch and the view is perhaps what stands out the most in my mind as the most charming part of the holiday park. It added a great place to just slow down and relax. For the road tripping traveler, the Holiday Park also has a place to do laundry, a pool, and most importantly - a hot tub.