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Ruakuri Cave Tour


Waitomo's longest cave walk, formed millions of years ago

  • Free Cancelation - 48 Hrs Notice
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 2 Hrs Duration
  • English
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  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Guided tour of the stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago on the longest underground walking tour in Waitomo
  • Explore the several caves of Holdens Cavern, The Drum Passage, The Pretties, and The Ghost Passage which make up Ruakuri Caves
  • Learn about how Ruakuri Caves got its name from Maori legend
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  • 24 May 2018
    Easy to redeem. Actual caves meeting point is different from redemption point.

US$ 47.50

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What To Expect

Discover the ancient and spiritually significant Ruakuri Caves, displaying stalactites and stalagmites that were formed millions of years ago. It has been passed through Maori legend that the Ruakuri Caves were discovered 400-500 years ago by a Maori hunter who stumbled on the cave in search of birds to hunt. The entrance to the cave was surrounded by a pack of wild dogs, hence its name in Maori, 'rua' den and 'kuri' dogs was given. This story along with the significance of being a sacred burial site are all elements in adding to the beauty of this cave system. On your guided tour you'll visit Holdens Cavern, The Drum Passage, The Pretties, and The Ghost Passage, each with an interesting story behind its name, so make sure to ask your guide!

Spiral entrance to Ruakuri Cave
Descend the spiral entrance down to the Ruakuri Cave found 400-500 years ago
Interior of the Ruakuri Cave
Explore the beautifully lit up interior of the Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave Tour
Discover New Zealand's longest underground walking tour
Glowworms at Ruakuri Cave
Marvel at the magical glowworms at Ruakuri Cave and hear the subterranean waterfalls crashing in the distance
Ruakuri Cave Tour
Admire the stalactite and stalagmites formations created millions of years ago
Activity Information


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
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Inclusive Of

Inclusive Of:

  • Guided tour of Ruakuri Caves
  • Explore Holdens Cavern, The Drum Passage, The Pretties, and The Ghost Passage
  • A complimentary shuttle bus between the meeting point and Ruakuri Cave
  • Theater ticket
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 4-14
  • Infants under 4 receive free admission
  • All photography is strictly forbidden, this includes non-flash photography and video
  • No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the cave
  • Ruakuri Cave is fully wheelchair accessible

Opening Hours:

  • Summer Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm (01 Nov - 31 Mar)
  • Winter Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Closed on Christmas Day
  • Tours depart every half an hour from 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Tour is approximately 2 hours (1hr 30 min underground)
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher to redeem your ticket
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified

How To Get There:

  • Meeting Point address: 585 Waitomo Village Road (formerly Waitomo Caves Road), Waitomo Caves
  • How to get there: 2.5 hour (200km) drive from Auckland, 2 hour drive from Rotorua
Cancelation Policy
  • Once confirmed, no cancelations may be made
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Reviews (8) 4.9
  • Desmond 24 May 2018
    Easy to redeem. Actual caves meeting point is different from redemption point.
  • NurJihan 24 Dec 2017
    I do not need to go to the ticket counter for this. just straight to the meeting pt (in front of the cave). you know what...this pre-booked and superb discount tix made me feel relaxed because I didnt hv to worry abt tix being sold out.
  • Kye Li Carrie 17 Jun 2017
    Loved the tour and our guide.This is the best of all the caves, so if you only have enough time to do one, be sure to do this one. The glow worms are spectacular and the formations are amazing. We had a great time.
  • YIP 6 Jan 2017
    A nice easy walk, with some areas to watch your head. Very excellent cave to view, we had an information and interesting tour guide. Really wonderful to see glow worms right up close!
  • Hok Leung 17 Jun 2018
    It's spectacular, it's worth going. The guide is very professional and funny
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  • Hue Min 13 Jun 2017
    The entrance to the cave is man-made, and it itself is quite amazing, spiral down, into the magical cave maze. There are huge stalagmites and stalactites, caves brightly lit, our tour guides continue to explain to us, great. You can see the black rafters under many feet, and when they cross the underground river, the noise in the environment comes from it. The trip lasted for a long time, did not feel anything is redundant, the tour guide is not how many errors, so this is a great experience!
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  • TZU CHIN 21 May 2017
    It is a pity that the cave can not take pictures, but the cave's humanistic care is very good, with a dedicated wheelchair access and can be used by people with mobility problems. It can not be photographed
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  • Fuiken 17 Mar 2017
    L The entrance to the spiral ladder is breathtaking, with a wide range of caves, with a viewing platform in many places and a better look at the top. Cave in the firefly did not imagine so much, it may be the relationship between light it, the overall experience is still very good, recommended!
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