Waitomo Regeneration Project

The Discover Waitomo environmental team has been working with partners on a regenerative project to restore the area opposite the main visitor’s centre car park at the Glowworm Cave known as ‘Million Dollar Corner’. The team has worked alongside tangata whenua, the Department of Conservation and community members to draw up a two-year restoration agreement with the Waikato Regional Council. The vision is to restore the mauri (life force) of the area by creating a healthy, regenerating, self-sustaining forest where native species thrive, a space for nature and people.

The project commenced in April 2022, and we are already seeing a lot of positive change in the area. The majority of pest plants have been removed, the stream bed has been enhanced with the addition of three rock gradient control structures and one rock revetment structure, and a fence has been installed along the river edge for safety reasons. Next steps include further weed control and native tree riparian planting, with the Kaimahi for Nature crew and local community invited to get involved.