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Waitomo District
Territorial authority
Waitomo Territorial Authority.PNG
Country New Zealand
Region Waikato Region
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 9,660
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) Map of postcodes
Website waitomo.govt.nz

Waitomo District is a territorial authority, located in the Waikato region, at the north of the King Country area in the North Island of New Zealand. A small part of the district, the town of Tiroa, however, lies in the Manawatu-Wanganui region.

Industry and tourist attractions

Waitomo Cave Entrance n
A cave entrance. The Waitomo District is known for its limestone caves.

The district is a rural, predominantly dairy farming, region. The area's main industries include sheep farming, forestry, and limestone quarrying. The area is known for the popular Waitomo Caves, a karstic system with stalactites, stalagmites and glowworms 12 kilometres northwest of Te Kuiti. Waitomo also has an old style hotel first built in 1908 and added onto in the 1930s. Waitomo Caves Hotel overlooks Waitomo Village.

Te Anga Road, a windy road from State Highway 3 towards Marokopa, leads past the Waitomo Caves, Mangapohue Natural Bridge, Piripiri Caves, and Marokopa Falls. Numerous other limestone caves are found throughout the Waitomo district.

Coordinates: 38°21′S 175°11′E / 38.35°S 175.183°E / -38.35; 175.183

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