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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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The wonders of nature preserved

A combination of modern engineering technique with nature's work over millions of years has delivered a unique cave experience. A spiral entrance ramp has created wheelchair... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Masterton, New Zealand
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Masterton, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A combination of modern engineering technique with nature's work over millions of years has delivered a unique cave experience. A spiral entrance ramp has created wheelchair access to a amazing limestone cavern. The stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flowstones and other limestone formations are impressive but in my opinion, not quite as impressive as those in Aranui. It's great to be able... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was a great tour, we did the 11am tour and there was only 11 of us in the tour, which was a nice small size. Our guide James was very informative and knew alot about the caves, the formations and the history of the caves and the maori people. The entrance was amazing (completely man made but serves a... More 

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Westcott, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This cave was new to me and I was not sure what to expect as we were taken out to a nondescript entrance, but once into the amazing man made, wheelchair friendly, giant shaft that dropped away into the ground, I was hooked. The easy access track was laid sympathetically with the cave formations in mind and there are sensors... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was better than the main cave as it had a smaller tour group; there was more to see, and it was less rushed. The limestone formations were impressive and there were areas were areas where glow worms could be seen. The whole thing was well designed from the elaborate access; effective lighting and pathways taking you close to the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Fantastic cave .great to go in a cave that Is not vandalised at every turn. very impressive formations .unbelievably elloberate man made entrance never seen anything like it However.the tour is way to slow and a total yawn fest 1/2 an hour before you enter the cave proper when will companies learn not every one what's to Know lots of... More 

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Tauranga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Going to this place was a great experience I loved learning the history this was a great trip even when we went with our school

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South England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The other two caves are better, glow-worms not as good as glow-worm cave and stalactite formations not as good as aranui but impressive entrance cut down into the bedrock.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Wow, it's hard to impress these days but you can't ignor the engineering of man mixed with the extravagance of God. This cave is simply wonderful, totally wheelchair accessible which is a nice touch. Make sure you take a good camera as the formations in this cave are breathtaking.

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We did the glow worm and the Ruakuri tour first thing in the morning. This was a good thing as the groups were relatively small. The Ruakuri Cave offers beautiful rock formations and our guide understood how to present the facts about the cave, the rocks and the glow worms well. We had a fun time and were amazed by... More 

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Potsdam, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

These caves are just amazing! They have beautiful rock formations with knowledgeable explanations about how the various formations are created, the history, geology, and information about the glow-worms. We did the Ruakuri & Glow-worm double cave tour and it was well worth seeing both. Try to get in first thing in the morning, as many tour busses arrive at about... More 

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