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Ruakuri Cave Tour

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

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  • 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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Highly recommended

Amazing place to time at. You get to see the cave stones and development inside and also glow worms that live in it up close. Best choice to see the worms up and personal.

1 Mar 2020
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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


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