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“Stunning stalactites and stalagmites” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aranui Cave

Aranui Cave
39 Waitomo Caves Road | Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Otorohanga, New Zealand
+64 7 878 8227
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“Stunning stalactites and stalagmites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

The Aranui Cave is about a 5-minute drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. We came here immediately after touring the Glowworm Cave. If you were the first to arrive, looking for the meeting point may be a bit of a problem. There is no ticket office here. We went to a gazebo and saw a small sign nearby informing visitors to wait there for the guide. The waiting took about 10 minutes.

In my opinion, the Aranui Cave is more beautiful than the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. We can really admire the cave’s beauty here. The bright lights highlighting the stalactites and stalagmites make this cave extremely beautiful. The staircases and walkways are also well lit and paved, making walking easy. There is ample space for the group to move about and to marvel at the cave’s features. Unlike at the Glowworm cave, this time we were busy with our cameras and videos capturing every moment of this stunning tour.

Visited July 2011
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“Close encounter with a natural cave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

We loved our visit to Aranui Cave. Pam, our guide was very approachable and friendly. Great limestone formations in a more natural setting than the bigger commercial caves. I can recommend a visit.

Visited June 2011
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“Go to Aranui not Waitomo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2007

Went to the second of the big caves (Aranui) in the morning, had to get a reservation the day before. This cave was far superior to Waitomo, quite a lot of different types of formations and a much larger cave overall but no glowworms because the cave is dry. Went on the first walk so we could see the cave wetas (kid of a cross between a big cricket and a big spider), interesting insects. Then took the half hour Ruakuri Bush Walk to see the natural limestone arches over the stream and other cave openings nearby. Gave Aranui and the bush walk 8 out of 10

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