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Ruakuri Caves & Bush Scenic Reserve

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Address: Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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really impressive cave trip

I've been to Waitomo before and done the Black Water rafting and wanted to try something different. We went for the combination family ticket for Ruakuri and Waitomo glowworm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This review is for the Ruakuri caves bushwalk that starts from Aranui Cave carpark B. This is a "simple" loop walk leaving from the Aranui Cave carpark that will take between one and two hours to complete. The walk is well maintained, however apart from the very start is not suitable for wheelchairs, and further along is not suitable for... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I've been to Waitomo before and done the Black Water rafting and wanted to try something different. We went for the combination family ticket for Ruakuri and Waitomo glowworm tours, doing the Ruakuri first with our guide Wayne. He was very knowledgable and made it both fun and educational for the kids and adults. The facilities and infrastructure of the... More 

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Valdosta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

You have options for a cave trip in Waitomo. Take this trip! The guides on this trip are excellent. It was my second time going with Ruakuri Caves. Our guide was knowledgeable and answered all our questions. He was patient with everyone, young and old. Be aware that this activity requires pretty much walking. It's not really steep or anything,... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We did the Ruakuri walk with Black water Rafting guide Katie. She was a real delight and a great representative of a New Zealand guide, being knowledgeable, passionate, patient and really making the walk something special. Keep up the good work Katie and put this walk on your to do list when visiting Waitomo.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Got in late and was told about this bush walk. Very romantic night hike. We had headlamps but decided to turn them off to get our eyes acustomed to the dark. We let the full moon and glow worms on the cliff wall light the way. Recommended short easy hike.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The walk was beautiful, I took the shorter version with the promise to come back and do it all again when I had more time.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A very interesting walk with a lot to see. Very enjoyable with a bunch of photo ops. The steps can be a little slippery but it wasn't terribly strenuous. It wasn't the first carpark we came across. The second car park down the hill was at the entrance to the bushwalk.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The walk to the cave was nice and the formations were really different from the Waitomo cave the guide was good too. Interesting how they built spiral pathway and the expense they went to.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Did a midnight walk through and it was wonderful. Only ones on track and the trees lit up with gloworms. Made it feel as if we were walking through space. Absolute brilliant bush walk for the money...Which it was free soo hah! Winning!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Well worth a 30 min walk to see the tunnels and cave formations, especially if you are doing the aranui Cave.

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Address: Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waitomo Caves

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