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Ruakuri Caves & Bush Scenic Reserve

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Address: Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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Waking through the stars!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

not as visually impressive as the other caves in the area, but still beautiful and interesting. A lovely walk up to the cave. Uncle Kev was our guide, made it fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Went in the morning around 8am and was the first car in the carpark, so had the track to myself. Took about 30minutes with lots of stopping along the way for photos. By the time I finished bus loads started arriving. Loved this walk and definitely recommended to do if your in the area.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We didn't visit this cave, but went on the 40 minute bush walk, through wonderful bush land, along riverbanks, and up to viewing areas, and looking down into cave entrances. Most people could do this walk, but not if you can't manage some steps up and down, and some slippery patches.

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Masterton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

So amazing a must see. 30 million years in the making makes you realise just how insignificant our time on earth is.

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Everyone told me this tour was a 30 minute walk but could take up to two hours if you take a lot of pictures. It is such a scenic walk that you will want to take pictures and every turn. I really enjoyed this walk and I'm so glad I went. It's really easy, nothing challenging, but really beautiful!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is a beautiful short walk. We did this walk at dusk and we were the only ones on the trail. Very tranquil and peaceful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a great short walk. We decided to drive the quick couple miles up the road from the glow worm caves and do the bush walk. There was so much to see! Caverns, caves, stalagmites, waterfalls, wildlife, plants... So much! Definitely take an hour and do this! Plus it's free!

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