Waitomo is a Maori word made up of two parts. 'Wai' which translates as water and 'tomo' which means entrance or hole. Waitomo can be translated as the 'stream which flows into the hole in the ground'. This meaning is reflected through its fantastic geological history and landscape, however it also has a rich tourism and cultural history. As a region it is one of New Zealand's original tourist destinations, famous for the glow worms that live in many of the caves.
About the Sports Day
Each year in the fourth week of March the domain is transformed from a sports ground to a fair ground. Local volunteers participate in a series of working bees that set the venue for the annual sports day.