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Location of Waitomo.
A cave entrance.
The Waitomo District is known for its limestone caves.
A farm in the district.


Waitomo is a district-type municipality in the north of the King Countrymarker region in the North Islandmarker of New Zealandmarker. A small part of the district, the town of Tiroa, however, lies in the Manawatu-Wanganuimarker Region.

The district is a rural, predominantly dairy farming, region. The seat of the Waitomo District Council is at Te Kuitimarker, which has a population of 4,419. No other village in the district has a population of over 500. The district's total population at the 2006 census was 9,441, of whom 39% were Māori. The district has a land area of , 94.87% of which lies in the Waikato Region and only 5.13% in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region. The Waitomo district was declared in 1976.

The area's main industries include sheep farming, forestry, and limestone quarrying.

The area is known for the popular Karst Waitomo Cavesmarker, 12 kilometres northwest of Te Kuiti. Numerous other caves are found in the limestone rock of the Waitomo district.

Waitomo also has an old style hotel first built in 1908 and added onto in the 1930's. Waitomo Caves Hotel overlooks Waitomo Village.

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