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“Totally Awesome” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ruakuri Cave

Ruakuri Cave
585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7 878 6219
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Owner description: Spectacular Ruakuri Cave is a cave experience like no other. Combine with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a unique and magical Waitomo experience. The crystal tapestries and glowworms up close will amaze you. To book, ring 0800 782 5874
Hamilton, New Zealand
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“Totally Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This is a captivating experience that you must see, with it's spectacular spiral entrance down into the cave. Fantastic limestone formations, plenty of glow worms to see, you can hear the distance rumble of underground water falls. The guide was informative and friendly, relating well with teenagers. This is also a wheelchair/pushchair friendly attraction. Take a warm jacket.

Visited June 2013
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“Darkness surrounds you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The tour guide gives you the experience of walking through a safe and secure park of the cave in the dark. Only your hand to guide you ! What an experience. You are reaching out in the darkness and come upon amazing formations.

Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Worth booking the three caves.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We booked the three cave experience because we had some time to kill and it worked out to only be an extra $8 to do a third one, rather than just the two.

Overall the tour of the Ruakuri cave is interesting and informative. You can take pictures in the cave, some places with flash and some without but you can still get plenty of good pictures without the flash (Keep this in mind if you are doing the boat tour in the glow worm caves as you cannot take pictures in here - so get your glow worm pictures here instead!).

Wished we could have done the Black Water Rafting experience (as it takes place in this cave) but it was booked out on the day we were there, if it was available though definitely consider giving it a go as it looks amazing!

Visited July 2013
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“This is the one to do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

If you only have time to do one cave this is the one to do! It has it all. Glow worms, you get to see them up close and not just lights in the dark. Amazing formations and very informative and friendly guide. You can take photos. The man made entrance is amazing and means people in wheel chairs or prams can access this wonderful, beautiful cave. You wont be disappointed!!

Visited April 2013
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“Best of the three”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I took the combo pack which includes all three caves. This one was the biggest (the tour is about 2 hours) and is more than stunning. You can take all the pictures you want (including of the glow worms) and the tour guide was awesome!

Visited June 2013
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