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Aranui Cave

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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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Spectacular lime stone cave

As soon as we entered the Arunui cave we were spell bound. The sheer number of stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations is awe inspiring. Each and every corner of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Rema0606
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Navi Mumbai, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We explored all three caves, this one is the shortest of the three. If you purchase the trio package, this cave exploration is the last to go.

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Navi Mumbai, India
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

As soon as we entered the Arunui cave we were spell bound. The sheer number of stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations is awe inspiring. Each and every corner of the roof and walls is adorned with these fragile, sparkling forms in various pale hues. The guide was informative and as the tour group was small, we could all hear... More 

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Masterton, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 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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