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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo
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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo

By Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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$45.79
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$45.79
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Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 16 per group
Duration:1h 15m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Ruakuri Cave
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road Waitomo Caves
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3930P7

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All you will need are comfortable shoes and a warm jacket.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo
  • Covid Practices: We will be requesting all visitors sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, we will be maintaining social distancing and implementing cleaning practices throughout the day as well as hand sanitizer
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo?
75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo price starts from $51.53. Discover and book 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo on Tripadvisor
What is the 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo cancellation policy?
75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo on Tripadvisor
Which company provides 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo?
75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo is hosted by Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Waitomo Glowworm Caves on Tripadvisor. Discover and book 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo?
On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 15m. Discover and book 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3930P7

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Waitomo Village Road
    Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
    Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road Waitomo Caves
    See address & details
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    Ruakuri Cave
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    Discover the spectacular Ruakuri Cave on this 75-minute guided walking tour. Ruakuri Cave has displays of glowworms and is filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years. Points of interest include softly folding shawl-like formations (formed by flowing rivers) and fossilized seashells, which indicate how the caves were once part of the seabed. Major features include Holdens Cavern, named after James Holden who first opened the cave to the public, The Drum Passage, The Pretties, and The Ghost Passage. Tours depart every day (except Christmas Day) at 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave. Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair accessible. .
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Heidi K
Heidi K
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I have no words 10/10
This was the most amazing experience ever. The staff were very experienced and were exceptional tour leaders. The 3
844marnier
844marnier
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I'll informed and money grabbing
Even after calling ahead and no one answered the boat tour was cancelled due to flooding (they didn't advise). But
marriott946
marriott946
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Glowing In The Dark!
Should have been a boat tour but parts of the caves were flooded so just a walking tour. Caves were busy. Great g
freddiefreddie
freddiefreddie
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A Natural Wonder
Everything was phenomenal! The guides, the staff, the group management, the information, and of course the boat rid
V4017LKdonnag
V4017LKdonnag
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Worth a visit
Enjoyable hour with guided walk in cave and boat ride to see glow worms. Thanks to Max our host, who was excellent
uplifta
uplifta
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Worth it
Definitely worth the money and such a fun and unique way to experience NZ. We had guides Max and Alistair, who took
508ba
508ba
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Great experience - BLACK LABYRINTH
Tool me 30 years to do this. When I was last in New Zealand in the early 90's I put this on my bucket list, as I
Prue E
Prue E
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Awesome experience- a must see
This was a great experience- the caves were fascinating and very well maintained and easy to walk around. The boat
Roger E
Roger E
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Try the waterfall beyond Waitomo Caves
Been there, done that before but still interesting. 28 in a boat a bit overloaded! BUT KEEP GOING ON ROAD PAST THE
georginajane77
georginajane77
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Unique experience
This was such a cool experience! Our guide Wii was lovely and extremely knowledgeable about the caves. He even sang
arek w
arek w
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I wish I was a worm
The absolute highlight is the starry glow from the worms. The caves are amazing too although are on par with many o
Xanerin
Xanerin
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Shine Little Glowworm
I have seen the glowworm caves a few times and this time I am afraid I was a little disappointed as the guide did n
Kathryn B
Kathryn B
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Black Abyss - 5 stars!
Fantastic experience, would definitely recommend, amazing tour guides made it feel incredibly fun and adventurous b
Brillbeat
Brillbeat
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Special part of nz
Capture an unique part of NZ, awesome guide, amazing Mother Nature at her best, will try black tube. Next time, gre
itsaworldofcolors
itsaworldofcolors
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Meh. Nothing more . Nothing less.
underwhelming. Felt like a cup in a bathtub that was spun around a few times and done with. The “ ride “ itself las
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Carrie
14 contributions
Aug 2022
Cool walk down the glow worm caves with really need formations to check out. It's more quiet and private than the giant Waitomo cave tours, so would recommend this if you want something more intimate. My 9 and 12 year olds liked it as well. The parking is on the left when you drive in, and the sings are limited so don't get lost like us!
Written August 25, 2022
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Karen F
Whangarei, New Zealand235 contributions
Jul 2021
It was amazing to see the development of this place. I haven't been for
40+ years. I was greeted with a brilliant visitor centre with lots of information, and a passionate guide who explained things to us. There are now steps, tiles, hand rails and lights. The boat ride was silent giving us a good opportunity to gaze at the glow worms. When I watched the Christmas carols in the cathedral cave, recently, I was reminded of how lucky we are to be able to visit these incredible places. Thank you to the ticketing person, who let us go through on an earlier tour, and for the passionate guide, keen to be a kaitiaki of these glow worm caves. You are appreciated.
Written July 24, 2021
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TakingTheATrain
Wellington, New Zealand57 contributions
Jun 2020
What an amazing experience this was. These caves were incredibly fascinating. So beautiful yet so strange. There are not as many glow worms but the cave formations themselves were enough to keep us interested.

The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and had interesting stories to tell.

The tour is set mostly along a boardwalk so it is not strenuous at all.

It does get a wee bit chilly down there so I would recommend bringing a coat.

Also, be aware that you cannot take backpacks (you can leave these at the Visitors Centre).
Written June 23, 2020
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Renae
2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
The ticket price is worth it. I took my daughter, younger brother and nephew and they loved it as did I. Recommend this to everyone. Does say wheel chair accessible and pram, but do not reccomend it. Our tour guide was awesome, he was very informative with everything & was not a boring or dull moment at all. We went on Sunday the 2nd of August 2020. We were supposed to do the 1pm tour but someone pulled out of the 12.30 one and we were asked to join the 12:30 one. Glad we did because the tour guide was awesome. Sorry, forgot his name. The caves are beautiful and majestic. Was awesome and we plan on returning to go through the other caves. Also our group was awesome, heaps of laughs because of questions and answers during the tour. Thank you for a choice day Waitomo!
Written August 2, 2020
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Deborah L
Melbourne12 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
We booked to see the glow worms,but once we entered the caves and were gifted a knowledgeable tour by our guide we completely forgot about them and enjoyed the awesome sites before us. The personal history and family connections of the guide really added a depth to the tour we did not expect. Thank you for this memorable experience.
Written March 11, 2020
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Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback and its great to hear you really enjoyed your time with us in Waitomo! Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you in the future. Nga mihi,
Written March 13, 2020
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Katherine R
13 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I originally scheduled the boat tour, but had to change due to the rising waters from the rain. The Ruakuri caves are beautiful. Our tour guide was very friendly and answered questions well, making the overall experience very enjoyable. And there are still glow worms if that’s what you’re aiming for.
Written July 26, 2022
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omanNorfolk
norfolk277 contributions
Jan 2020
We did the hour and half tour and really enjoyed it. It is a tunnel like formation with some lovely photo ops. Seeing the glow worms and learning and seeing how they feed was very interesting. Our guide was very pleasant, but due to filing through the tunnels, some of the info didn't get to all of us
Written February 14, 2020
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Kia Ora, Thanks for leaving such a great and informative review! We hope to see you again next time your in Waitomo. Nga mihi,
Written February 29, 2020
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Shiffy N
2 contributions
We visited the cave with our 83-year-old dependent. The staff spotted that she needed help walking so provided us with a wheelchair which made all the difference for her mobility and ability to enjoy the cave - an opportunity she would've missed otherwise. Our guide Mac (Mak?) was excellent and highly accommodating of our needs. She even offered to push the wheelchair on multiple occasions. Highly recommend this experience for those traveling wheelchairs or prams. Much appreciate the customer centricity!
Written January 10, 2021
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Diane Archer
5 contributions
Jan 2020
Visited the Ruakuri caves and then the Glow worm cave. Ruakuri was excellent - a very good guide, small group and fascinating cave. Did see some glow worms but main glow worms in second cave with boat trip BUT large group and noisy child made experience not as good as first tour. Boat tip was wonderful (noisy child was not allowed on boat)
Written February 9, 2020
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Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves and are glad that you got to visit two of our caves, they all have their qualities! Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again. Nga mihi,
Written February 14, 2020
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Tim Cook
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We did the floating boat Glowworm tour and then the Ruakuri tour. To our surprise and delight was the Ruakuri tour led by Bex. The caves came alive in a whole new way when Bex described them. Her love and appreciation for their wonder, history and legacy rubbed off on us and gave us so much more than a “normal” tour ever could. Thank You Bex, the world is a better place because of you!!!
Written February 14, 2020
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Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review for us, it makes us happy that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again. Nga mihi,
Written February 29, 2020
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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo