Very small town based around the caves in the area. Rolling hills will gorgeous landscapes and stunning sunsets.
Not much shopping or other opportunities... you must book a tour of some kind.
Waitomo area is for people who wants to explore and experience nature. The caves are the best sights to go to.
I especially loved the Ruaruki cave and Glowworm cave. There are also some adrenalin pumping activities which I haven't tried but other people say that are good like black water rafting. There are walkways and do not forget to go to Marokopa falls which is additional 15-20 mins away from the caves but is worth it. There are no shopping area and it is a very quiet place with friendly people. If you want to know more about the caves, they have a Cave discovery centre in the I-site. It is a good place to go to, 1-2 days I think is enough to spend there depending on your planned activity.
Make use of the tourist info people to help you in getting your tickets to attractions. Use vouchers that you pick up from motels, at airports etc.
..to obtain discounts to attractions. The local shops are a great source of knowledge, bargains and great food and excellent coffee
Beautiful scenic region lots of nature and amazing scenery to look at or do some adventure sightseeing in