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Ruakuri Cave

Address: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 878 6219
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Ranked #10 of 18 Attractions in Waitomo Caves
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Tours, Outdoors
Owner description: Spectacular Ruakuri Cave is a cave experience like no other. Combine with the Waitomo Glowworm...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Tours, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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

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Wellington, NZ
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Plenty of time and a good guide made our cave trip very enjoyable. The lighting is a little low (and unlike overseas caves, they don't make much use of colour) so taking photos is hard. Lots to see, and good views of glowworms close up in pitch darkness. The main glow worm cave (boat trip) can be done in an... More 

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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

If you have never been inside a limestone cave, this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. This cave is totally not like what I had imagined it to be with spiders, bats and eerie creatures, but far from it. Everywhere are well surveyed before and the caves are lighted in a beautiful and tasteful manner. The guide is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I don't see other travellers commenting on this, but my husband and teenage daughter saw a short-haired woman, swinging her legs, in one of the grotto which was supposed to be out-of-bound from public. Her first question to dad was "what was the woman doing there", and dad replied that it was a figurine. None of us in the group... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It pays to go into these caves knowing nothing. Ignorance will ensure that you love this. But if you do know something, and in particular the very long association that Māori have had with caves/tomo in that area, you will be disappointed. The caves are spectacular but it is painful to hear that a Pākeha (NZ European) 'discovered' the caves... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

An eerie spiral staircase awaits you as you descend underground into the cave entrance. Hearing the echo's of the steps and whispers add to the experience of exploring this magnificent cave and you wonder what it might have been like for the very first visitors. After going through an airlock you walk through aprox 3-4 kms of cave and it's... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I found this cave to be the most satisfying to visit. It is far large than the Aranui cave and has glowworms that you can get closer to than in the Glowworm caves (though not as many but still a decent amount). It was very fascinating. The only thing i found a bit distracting is the guide tried a little... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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31 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

WOW from the circular spiral entrance to the exit door this was an experience not to be missed. Our tour guide had a very droll sense of humour and his description of a glow-worms life cycle had me in hysterics. This cave is a spectacular example of stalagtites & stalagmites. It is difficult to put onto paper how awe-inspiring I... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We enjoyed our time in the cave and loved seeing the Glow Worms. The entry was an impressive entrance and definitely wasn't expected.

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Sacramento, California
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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Visited the Waitomo Caves as part of a larger tour and very glad we did. It was a amazing sight, one that you won't forget. The initial part of the cave is pretty similar to any cave tour, stalactites, stalagmites and describing formations as people and animals, etc. But once you get deeper into the caves and onto the boat... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

After a very cool entrance you are guided into one of the most beautiful caves I have ever been in. The formations spectacular!

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