Acquired by thl in September 2015, refurbishment work is well underway with major redevelopment and a complete transformation planned.
Grant Webster, CEO of thl, says: “Waitomo Caves Homestead will provide a welcome to tourists from around the world to this very special area.”
Waitomo Caves Homestead will serve a range of delicious food and beverages with a refurbished new restaurant offering open air and inside dining options – for individuals, families and larger groups. The restaurant will cater for around 300 people and offer a range of services for groups and independent travellers. The menu has been designed to appeal to the diverse range of visitors who visit the caves area. There will be a sun-drenched deck and garden view as well as fully refurbished indoor areas.
“Our restaurant and bar will provide the perfect stop for travellers, who can relax and unwind, taking a well-earned break from the road,” continues Grant.
Set in an authentic rural setting, Waitomo Caves Homestead was originally a farm and orchard, a history that is reflected in the new brand identity.
The new facility will also provide a gift shop facility selling a broad range of souvenirs, beauty, health and wellbeing products and selected homewares – reflecting the best of the Waitomo region.
Gordon Hewston, Operations Manager, Discover Waitomo Group, says: “We’re thrilled with the progress that’s taking shape. Waitomo Caves Homestead is going to be a must-stop destination providing travellers with a warm welcome and another reason to visit Waitomo.”
Waitomo Caves Homestead will open in early December.