During this time of uncertainty, we will be operating tours DURING WEEKENDS only, by PRE-BOOKING IN ADVANCE by contacting us via email at: info@hairyfeetwaitomo.co.nz

Frequently Asked


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book?

Yes please!  Seats are limited on each tour and we encourage everyone to book to avoid disappointment. 

What sort of road will I be driving on once I leave Piopio Village?

It's a 2-lane sealed road, with a central white line.
(Please remember that we drive on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand).

Is there public transport, shuttles or taxis to your tour?

At this stage all visitors must drive themselves to our tours, as there is no public transport, shuttles or taxis.

Will I need special footwear or clothing?

Walking tracks are gravel and on slightly uneven ground. Please wear suitable, comfortable footwear. Tours operate in all weather, so wear appropriate clothing (e.g. raincoat, sunhat).

How long is the tour?

Approximately 1½ hours (90 minutes)

What times are the tours?

10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure times.

Do you have any other tour times?

We will try to accommodate special requests, if given at least 48 hours notice to allow us to arrange for extra staff.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but no. As this is a working farm we cannot allow dogs onto the property - we must ensure the safety and wellbeing of the farm animals.

How long will it take to drive to your tour office?

15 minutes from Piopio; 35 minutes from Te Kuiti; 45 minutes from Waitomo Village; 50 minutes from Otorohanga; 1 hour 50 minutes from the 'Hobbiton' film set near Matamata.

What are your driving directions?


  • Travel on SH3 (State Highway 3) to Piopio

  • Turn onto Kaka Street at the southend of Piopio Village.

  • Turn left off Kaka Street onto Mangaotaki Road.

  • Continue to travel on Mangaotaki Road for 14.11kms to 1411 Mangaotaki Road and the "Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour."  Approximately 15 minutes drive from Piopio.

Warrick and Suzie Denize are the third generation of the Denize family on this Mangaotaki Valley property near Piopio. ...

Join our guided tours through the stunning Mangaotaki Valley farm near Piopio featured in

 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"...

Suzie Denize, owner of 'Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour', shares her memories about the preparation and filming...


1411 Mangaotaki Road,

RD 1, Piopio 3971,

New Zealand


+64 7 877 8003



You will find Hairy Feet Waitomo in New Zealand's beautiful King Country, just 45 minutes from the famous Waitomo Caves.

It's a scenic drive 3 hours south of Auckland and easily accessed from charming Piopio village on state Highway 3.