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Ruakuri Cave

585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7 878 6219
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Spectacular Ruakuri Cave is a cave experience like no other. Combine with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a unique and magical Waitomo experience. The... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We just did the walking tour (which is 100% wheelchair accessible :) ) with our amazing guide Nix. It was absolutely beautiful. Loved it.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Excellent black water rafting experience. 5 hours. Deep down the cave, we can see the glowworm, in cave waterfall, cave view.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We picked this cave instead of the Glowworm cave because you could take photos here. Great choice! The spiral ramp in and out of the cave was remarkable. The cave has many features including a river (you could take the wet tour and go blackwater rafting), stalactites, stalagmites, column, pools, and glow worms - which you could see up close.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Did the combo - Ruakuri & Waitomo We had a pram (pushchair) so this cave was well equipped for it. Interesting informative commentary, probably the better cave, to see formations etc, inc. some glowworms. if time is limited, i would choose this one and skip waitomo, as you see the best of both, in one cave.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

great little family trip. Visited the Glow worm cave, Ruakuri and then Aranui. Well worth the money. THL are running a very slick operation, the sort of thing that makes you proud to be a kiwi. Its great seeing all the overseas visitors admiring our country. The caves are amazing, all different so worth doing then all. did it over... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you have time to do this or Waitomo Caves, do the other one. The walk down to the caves was quite exciting, if someone speak to the walls, you can actually hear them like they are next to you. Quite unbelievable .

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My friend and I bought our combo-passes to these three caves, Glowworm, Ruakuri and Aranui during our 3-day trip to Waitomo in New Zealand. Our schedule was very packed that we missed the scheduled trip to Aranui. So, a note to you guys, do plan your trip carefully as all of the caves are worth visiting :) Ruakuri means two... More

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Tauranga
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is a spectacular short walk through bush and amazing limestone formations, and should not be missed. It was muddy after heavy rain, but boardwalks and steps provided good access. Extremely well planned circuit through some amazing country, with adequate explanations of what you are viewing.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Visited Saturday 7th of June. Booked 1.30pm but was running late. Company was able to get us in at 3.30pm with no hassles. Forgotten the name of our bright young guide. She was very knowledgable, patient and had a very good attitude. First time in this particular part of the Waitomo caves and must say it is for me, the... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you want a more intimate experience without the crowds then make sure you see Ruakuri Caves. Waitomo still offers a better display of glow worms but only for 5 minutes whereas Ruakuri allows you a better understanding with a guide, more time and space to get up close. There is also much more to see than just glow worms.... More

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