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Ruakuri Caves & Bush Scenic Reserve

Address: Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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Cornelius, North Carolina
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103 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I recommend this cave. Ruakuri tours are smaller groups of people and go at a much smoother pace than the rapid larger groups at the others. The cave has the glo worms and an underground river. In addition the cave is huge. Our tour guide led the group in a steady and non rushed tour. I learned more and enjoyed... More 

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Brisbane Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Good reviews and online comment prompted us to go on this tour (one of two we did over 3 days in the area). Not too long, good passageway (no problems at all), good narration by pleasant guide, good lighting when needed and excellent formations to photograph. Temperature pleasant (take at jacket/jumper) and dry feet. Good value and recommend for those... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This was a real highlight. Our guide was super friendly and informative. In addition to the stalactites and stalagmites and other rock formations inside the caves, you also get to see the glow worms. There is a really spectacular circular staircase that is illuminated and takes you down into the caves and back out at the end of the tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We did the 3 Cave Combo - which we loved...I would say the Ruakuri Cave was my fav...and the bush walk is great too.

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London, UK
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

So much variety on this short tramp. Caves to explore, bridges, bush, tropical plants, rivers, tunnels. Do not miss it!

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Santa Rosa, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We chose one of the shorter tours for our first taste of the NZ Glowworm experience and were pleasantly surprised by how much we were able to see and do. Our guide was Lyssa and she was an expert at drawing in the children who were on our tour - she prompted them to shine their flashlights at just the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Did this as part of a package. And so glad I had in comparing both like cheese and chalk.Small groups great information, photos can be taken at leasure except for some short periods. Can see and take photos of glow worms close up. Great entrance to and from attraction and the ending was wonderful.Will not spoil surprise which may or... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Ruakuri walk is fantastic both to do during the day or take a torch and go at night - very special as you'll see glow-worms and the bush and cave formations look great at night. Only a short drive from Waitomo so well worth the visit!

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Picton, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Nicky was our tour guide. She was informative, helpful, knowledgable and easy to chat with. Didn't give too much information at once and kept it simple for the younger children in our group. She made a point of making sure the children didn't miss out and spoke to them not down to them. She could alos speak to one very... More 

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