Aranui Cave Tour


Explore the smallest of Waitomo's three main caves

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  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 1 Hrs Duration
  • English
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  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Discover the stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations of Aranui Caves
  • Encounter the Cave Wetas insects that are unique to New Zealand
  • Learn about the Maori myths and legends surrounding this delicate and dry cave from your guide
  • Take a 15 minute guided bush walk in the lush rainforest surrounding the Aranui Caves
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  • 2 May 2017
    Me and my wife love this tour,very easy and relax~

US$ 35.00

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What To Expect

The Aranui Cave is the smallest out of Waitomo's three main caves; it is also the most delicate meaning that you have the chance to see the stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and other limestone formations up close. It got its name from Ruruku Aranui, who was a local Maori that first discovered the cave over 100 years ago. Along your tour you'll also learn about the role this cave plays in Maori legend and myths. Being a dry cave, there are very few signs of life inside the cave. However, wetas dwell at the entrance, these are distinct insects only found in New Zealand and have existed since the dinosaur age! There is also lush life in the rainforest surrounding the cave where you'll have to chance to have a quick tour of with your guide.

Aranui Cave
Explore the mystical Aranui Cave on a guided tour
Aranui Cave formations
The beautifully lit up Aranui Cave is the smallest out of Waitomo's three main caves so you can get a closer look at the delicate limestone formations
Short guided bush walk
Enjoy a guided outdoor walk through the surrounding lush rainforest
Outdoor guided bush walk
Be sure to ask your guide any questions you may have about the impressive natural occurrences in and outside the cave
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
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
Inclusive Of

Inclusive Of:

  • Admission to Aranui Caves
  • 1 hour guided tour of Aranui Caves
  • 15 minute guided bush walk

Tour Times:

  • Regular tours run at 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 4-14
  • Infants under 4 receive free admission
  • No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the cave
  • Please note: Aranui Cave does not have wheelchair access and is therefore not suitable for visitors with mobility problems
  • All photography is strictly forbidden. This includes non-flash photography and video
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 (4) 4.8
  • dong 2 May 2017
    Me and my wife love this tour,very easy and relax~
  • dong 29 May 2017
    The journey is very relaxed and happy, suitable for a family counterparts, cave scenery is beautiful, thank you guest ~
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  • dong 17 Apr 2017
    The wizard took us to walk a dozen minutes of the jungle steps, the surrounding vegetation are very good protection, although the firefly hole is small but a lot of stalactites inside, the light layout is also very good
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  • dong 24 Feb 2017
    Cave in the stalactites strange, light irradiation is very science fiction, had to admire the gods of nature. Because the Ara slave is a dry hole, so there is no sound of water will not wet despair, it is suitable for visiting
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