Roselands Waitomo Caves

Roselands Waitomo Caves



23 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

20 Scenic Attractions

91 Basic Camping

7 Waitomo



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Elle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Free place to park. Toilet facilities available when restaurant open. Current opening hours - Mon-Wed closed, Thurs-Sun open 10am-9pm.
Parking available at any time, just help yourself but must be fully self-contained as facilities not available 24/7.
Water available at front entrance tap, help yourself to the fresh spring water. Feel free to wander the property and see the farm animals. Owners live on-site so say g'day if you see them around :)
Dogs are welcome so long as they're on a leash and cleaned up after. You can also bring them in to the restaurant when it's open.
Jump on Roselands Waitomo Caves facebook page for covid updates and menus. Feel free to contact through there.
Plenty of room for parking, site is a little uneven in places but it's free so who's complaining?! ;p

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Cody's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views, good food if you choose to go in or most people were cooking in the parking lot. Wifi is only turned on part of the hours, also bathrooms are not open 24/7, no showers or water fill up. It is very close to caving and black water rafting. Owners/staff very friendly and welcoming for a homey place.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Roselands Waitomo Caves responds:

Hi, glad you enjoyed your stay.
You can fill your water here, just ask and we'll show you where :)
We have beautiful spring water here.

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Peter's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic food, great location after the glow worm caves. Camping was in the car park but free and the staff were really friendly. They said we could park down the drive on a flatter bit if we couldn’t find a good spot, and it did get busy later on.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Ruth's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This beautiful spot up a long driveway away from the traffic is absolutely brilliant. There are glow worms to spot at night and the staff are just the most delightfully friendly people. Animals too check out for the kids, free WiFi and lovely views. I took a caravan up and even managed to park relatively flat. They also were extremely accommodating of our small fluffy dog.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Roselands Waitomo Caves responds:

Glad you enjoyed it here. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, most appreciated

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James F's avatar

James F

Ranking: 9/10

Cracking spot. Very quiet but limited space so make sure you don’t get there too late. Staff from the restaurant were very friendly as they agreed to freeze our ice packs overnight for us. Some spots flatter than others !!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Javier Williams

Ranking: 8/10

Just follow the road and you will see the sign to reach this calm and good place to overnight. We had also dinner at the restaurant, but dont expect that it will be super; its a buffet of some dishes and you can choose between BBQ or stew, if you are hungry is a good idea!
Its the only free place around Waitomo.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Trace Ann's avatar

Trace Ann

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent free camping. Great views, great meal, excellent friendly staff whom changed the menu slightly for me. Steak perfectly cooked. Small glow worm cave onsite. Wish we'd found this place on the start of our trip.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Roselands Waitomo Caves responds:

Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. Much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed your time here.

Flatlanders's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

It's free! No idea how the food is. The website said open till late but apparently that's 8pm in NZ. But sweet enough that they open up their carpark to campervans and use of the toilet. It's a great opportunity to do the Ruakuri-walk at night (short drive) and see thousands of glowworms outside, for free. Fairytale nature. There are even worms next to the restaurant (down left from the entrance). Other than's a carpark.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Roselands Waitomo Caves responds:


Thanks for taking the time to review us. We're definitely open till at least 8pm every day, never earlier, but over summer months can be anywhere from 9.30 - 11pm or later if there's a function on. Glad you found our glowworms here.