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Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Road | Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Otorohanga, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 878 8227
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Truly amazing

Aranui was the first of our three cave tour, and was by far the most memorable. My partner and I were fortunate to be the only people on the tour conducted by local Maori guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Masterton, New Zealand
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Masterton, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Aranui was the first of our three cave tour, and was by far the most memorable. My partner and I were fortunate to be the only people on the tour conducted by local Maori guide Trev. Trev was an absolute gem, a real live wire with a wealth of knowledge of the cave, geology in general, local history and local... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We visited the Ruakuri Cave (not listed on TripAdvisor) it is the only wheelchair friendly cave and a strong helper is required to push you back ou the spiral, but staff will do this if your helper cant. The maximum wheelchair width is 670mm and be assured if you are and wider you will not get between a few obstacles.... More 

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It's a short guided tour (about 40minutes) But I have to say it's the prettiest among the three. If you are considering visiting all three caves, aranui is close to ruakuri, so just put glowworm cave first or last. Also you don't necessarily have to leave too much time between each caves since the departure are almost always late. For... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A very pretty cave - great formations and guided by local Maori with interesting background on the area.

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Diss, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Like being submerged with no external distractions..just the glimmer of thousands of glow worms ! So relaxing.

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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the cave. We had a small group which was great as it makes it so much easier to see everything. Our guide seemed a bit bored by it all, but that may have been due to the group not asking many questions or talking much. Would recommend visiting the cave to see the formations that... More 

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Alameda, CA
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32 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a nice cave that has decent formations. the stories are good as well. It was an enjoyable tour that the whole family thought was a good experience. I recommend it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Impressive calcite forms in so many guises. Lighting excellent. Guides local and knowledgeable. Good facilities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Lots of great geology in here. Not the best cave we have ever visited, but very worth a visit, especially if you combine it with the other two Waitomo caves.

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Hong Kong, China
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This cave was wonderful and the guide we had (Keith) was doing his job very well. He even briefed us through the fauna and flora of the place before getting into the cave.

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