Story: Hotels and motels

Waitomo Caves hostel

Waitomo Caves hostel

The government purchased or built a number of tourist hostels and hotels in key sites from the late 19th century. The hostel at the Waitomo Caves was built in 1908. The hostel only had six guest bedrooms so would have struggled to accommodate all the people seen here leaving by horse and buggy. A much larger concrete wing was added in 1928.

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Paul Christoffel, 'Hotels and motels - Government and tourist hotels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 11 Mar 2010