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Ruakuri Cave

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Address: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 878 6219
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Description: Spectacular Ruakuri Cave is a cave experience like no other. Combine with...
Spectacular Ruakuri Cave is a cave experience like no other. Combine with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a unique and magical Waitomo experience. The crystal tapestries and glowworms up close will amaze you. To book, ring 0800 782 5874
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Beautiful formations, excellent guide, fascinating tour!

A beautiful, very impressive cave with stunning limestone formations and gorgeous glow worm areas. I thought I might get a little bored with the tour being almost 2 hours, but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful, very impressive cave with stunning limestone formations and gorgeous glow worm areas. I thought I might get a little bored with the tour being almost 2 hours, but the information was fascinating and the time just flew by. Our guide Rudy was excellent - very friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and he made the tour into something special for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

If you have visited other caves this cave may underwhelm you, but as someone who hasn't been in many caves I loved this cave. Our friendly and informative guide Hannah made the experience so interesting and was able to describe how the many extraordinary formations we saw had grown from simple drips of water over millennia. The spiral entry is... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We visited both Ruakuri and Waitomo Caves during our visit. Both caves are great, but Ruakuri has much greater variety than Waitomo. I recommend doing both. Ruakuri is a great place to see glowworms up close and has spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. There was a mix-up with the bus picking us up, but this was amended with free cappuccinos! The... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Yes, thanks to the unique (in my experience) spiral entry and the well thought out walkways, this cave is actually accessible for persons in wheelchairs - at least in theory. Okay, the cave itself is not the most impressive I have ever seen. I have seen bigger caves, I have seen better formations, I have seen bigger rivers running through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I visited this cave as a part of the three cave package offered at the Waitomo Caves visitor centre, and I'd say it was my favourite. From the dramatic spiral entrance, the expansive Ruakuri cave impresses. The cave is the largest of the three in Waitomo as well as the deepest. It offers a beautiful range of delicate stalagtite and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Another cave but different from the other caves we visited well worth having a look. the guild that we had was very knowledgeable.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Yes, we are also fed up by the five start rating for excessively expensive "activities" in NZ. Everything is "world class" here as long as your "world" is New Zealand. People, go see Carlsbad cavern before you give five stars for this pathetic, privately owned cave. In the USA, caves are usually part of National park system and costs about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Wow another great cave, very interesting cave and history. Guides were great, informative and very interactive. Beautiful caves great formations

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Truly a wonder of the world. Underground caves with stalagtites and stalagmites, glow worms and lots of Maori lore, guided by people who know geology and what this holy place means to the locals. This has been on my bucket list since I visited in the 1960's, and I had to bring my geology crazy husband here to see it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This cave had so many different types of formations! Wonderful variety of things to see as you traverse the cavern, and great photo spots. Highly recommend this, and it even gives you a chance to see a few glowworms up close!

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Additional Information about Ruakuri Cave

Address: Address: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 878 6219
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waitomo Caves
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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