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“another great cave” 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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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Otorohanga
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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50 attraction reviews
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“another great cave”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Walk down into the bowels of the earth and witness stalemites and staletites all lit up by nicely flooded lights,worth the look

Visited February 2012
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“Excellent pairing with glow worm cave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Went to the Aranui cave in conjunction with visiting the main glow worm cave in Waitomo. Sure, the Aranui cave doesn't have glow worms, but it's a far more beautiful cave and we had a much friendlier guide there. The stalactite and stalagmite formations are beautiful.

Be sure to save 30 minutes before or after your Aranui cave tour for the bushwalk outside. It was a great little walk that lead to some beautiful scenery - it would be easy to skip, but I thought it was well worth it (and free!)

Visited August 2012
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“Stalactites and stalagmites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Thiese caves require a certain amount of energy to reach. Our guide said there were 160 steps up into the entrance. The effort was worth it and we certainly saw our fill of wonderful formations. Not quite as stunning as the Waitomo Caves but that was mainly due to the boat ride and glowworms in the latter. We bought a dual ticket for both caves at the Visitors Centre and the Aranui Caves are well worth the visit.

Visited March 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Glow worm cave combo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Great cave formations, able to get up real close and take some great photos, as we were unable to take photos in the glow worm caves.
Our guide in the Glow Worm Caves was excellent and even gave us a song, well worth a visit.

Visited February 2012
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“Aranui Cave - the prettiest of the Waitomo Caves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

The Aranui Cave is, in my opinion, the prettiest of the main caves at Waitomo. There is hardly a place on the roof of the cave where there isn’t limestone decoration. We did this tour in a 3-cave combo – Waitomo Glow-worm Cave, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave. We had to drive ourselves from Waitomo Village to the cave carpark (about 10 minutes drive) and found our guide waiting there for us. The Aranui Cave has a natural entrance and just inside this our guide pointed out a colony of cave weta. These are unique to New Zealand and date back to the dinosaur age. They have very long legs and antennae, and leave the cave at night to find food on the forest floor. Scary-looking creatures! Once past the entrance, the first formation we came across was one called the Butcher’s Shop – quite amazing as it just looks like great hunks of meat. Amongst other sights in the cave we saw one of the largest stalagtites in the area – said to be about 2.5 tonnes and 6 metres long – and beautiful coral-like formations. This cave should be on your ‘don’t miss’ list if you can possibly help it. It’s smaller than the other caves in the combo but you can visit it on its own. Photography is allowed and I recommend comfortable shoes.

Visited January 2012
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