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Ruakuri Cave Tour

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

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  • Free Cancelation - 48 Hrs Notice
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  • 2 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Join In Group
  • 1-18 Traveler(s)
  • Meet Up With Guide
Highlights
  • 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
Most Recent Review

  • Kye*** 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.

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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
Confirmation

Confirmation:

  • 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 (5) 4.8
  • Kye*** 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.
  • YI* 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!
  • Hue*** 13 Jun 2017
    洞穴的入口是人造的,它本身相當驚人,螺旋式下降,進入這個神奇的洞穴迷宮。有巨大的石筍和鐘乳石,洞穴燈火通明,我們的導遊不斷地給我們解說,非常棒。你可以看到在很多英尺以下的黑色水椽,當它們穿越地下河時,環境中的噪音正是來源於此。這次旅行持續了很長時間,沒感覺什麼東西是多餘的,導遊也沒有多少錯誤,因此這是一個非常棒的經歷!
  • TZU*** 21 May 2017
    在洞穴里不能拍照有点可惜,但洞穴的人文关怀还是很好的,设有专门的轮椅通道,行动不便者也可以参加。除了不能照相其他都不错噢
  • Fuike* 17 Mar 2017
    l螺旋阶梯的入口令人叹为观止,溶洞下面范围很大,很多地方设有观景台,可以在上面看角度更好。溶洞里的萤火虫没有想象那么多,可能是灯光的关系吧,整体的体验还是非常不错的,推荐!
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