Wai Dome O

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 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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  • 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 two young sons 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'.


  • "

    Great place to getaway for a weekend! Communication was great.


    Tony Sun - 20 May 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    One of the best spots in Aotearoa. The thought that has gone into the space is evident. And those views - heart eyes every time I think of them!


    Claire Pedersen-Croll - 07 May 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Our stay was very enjoyable due to the view, the bed, the uniqueness of the escape and the great hosts.


    - 09 Apr 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    We totally enjoyed our stay, the views, the peacefulness. It was immaculate; we had the best stay. This is not our first Canopy Camping stay; we stay twice a year at an escape on our birthdays if we're not overseas. A big thank you to the hosts as well for your beautiful home.


    - 29 Mar 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    The only thing we would've changed about our stay would have been to stay there for longer. The facilities were everything you need and more and very clean. We sat out most of the night watching the amazing stars and soaking in the tub. The bed was very comfy, and the blankets were very warm. We drank coffee on the deck overlooking the rolling hills. We will definitely be staying here again the next time we're in New Zealand.


    - 26 Mar 2024

    5 / 12

  • "

    Wai Dome O was the perfect place to stay! The host was lovely, views are incredible and the dome itself was magic! This is the perfect place to escape, it is so peaceful and tranquil!


    - 13 Mar 2024

    6 / 12

  • "

    We highly recommend this gem to anyone looking to unwind and enjoy some quality time in beautiful nature.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    7 / 12

  • "

    Everything is very good, and we're looking forward to staying there again. It’s such a lovely house.


    - 03 Mar 2024

    8 / 12

  • "

    Don't even wait. Just book! It was a well-needed getaway in nature. Nice views during the day and beautiful stars during the night. Something different but needed.


    - 22 Feb 2024

    9 / 12

  • "

    We absolutely loved our stay at Wai Dome O. It was so peaceful, relaxing, romantic and cosy. Katie was a wonderful host and we highly recommend to anyone wanting a unique get away.


    - 19 Feb 2024

    10 / 12

  • "

    Lovely to share a unique slice of New Zealand by staying in unique accommodation. Such lovely hosts that are very welcoming.


    - 14 Dec 2023

    11 / 12

  • "

    It's such a beautiful place. It was set up so neatly; all the facilities were provided like towels, toilet paper, hand tissue rolls, milk, etc. They even had board games and card games. They had kept two chocolates for us in the fridge, and it felt amazing. It was such a small gesture, but it meant the world to us.


    - 06 Dec 2023

    12 / 12

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