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Address: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 878 6219
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Spectacular Ruakuri Cave is a cave experience like no other. Combine with...

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

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Best of the Waitomo

This is one of the best tours in a waitomo... So it needs proper planning for atleast 2 hours time and pre booking.. Get ready to walk a little bit in to the caves. This... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
drmohamedroshan
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best tours in a waitomo... So it needs proper planning for atleast 2 hours time and pre booking.. Get ready to walk a little bit in to the caves. This experience is different from the Waitomo caves.... You have combo tickets also available... Parking your car near to this caves entrance will be a better... More 

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Toronto
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56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cave offers a look mainly for the stalactites and stalagmites. It does have a few glow worms too but not as many as the Glowworm cave. The limestone is magnificent and understanding how long it takes for it to form will make you value and respect Mother Nature more.

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Behind the ticket office are the privately owned Ruakuri Caves which are home to what looks like a gazillion glow worms. You get taken on a silent boat ride to see them. Not really suitable for small children who are alarmed by the dark or who won't understand the need for quiet. You gaze up to the cave ceiling and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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77 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

loved all the different formations in this cave. very decorative and almost untouched. worth the tour to see the amazing features.

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RuakuriCave, Manager at Ruakuri Cave, responded to this review

Thanks c m, don't forget the glowworms up close! Logan More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I'm glad we went to all 3 caves, Aranui, Ruakari & Waitomo. Aranui gets over looked a lot but it definitely the best. This was great for us as it was only a group of 4, as oppose to 20+ odd people on the Ruakari tour, which was crowded in some areas. This cave staff are less educated than Aranui.... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at Ruakuri Cave, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of the 3 caves and it's great you enjoyed the Aranui tour so much. It is a great add-on to the other two caves as it has well featured limestone formations, but without an active streamway it contains no glowworms, which is why it is best packaged with Ruakuri or the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The lighting... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We booked a combo of Glowworm cave and Ruakuri cave due to the suggestion from our local host and it worth to visit. You can enjoy 10% discount price by using free guide book from airport called 'arrival'. Enjoyable walk though the wonderful formation tunnel. Informative, helpful, and super friendly tour guide, he gave us lots of information about the... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at Ruakuri Cave, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Arrival Mag is a great place to start your journey and Ruakuri is not to be missed! Perfectly paired with WGC, but with the bonus of photography and the up close detail. A singing guide is a bonus! Logan More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Blown away with the beauty of these caves, what nature can create is unbelievable. Also the engineering feats that have been done to create the access & walkways throughout the caves is a astounding.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

A great visit. The 90 minutes went very quickly with stunning formations to view and a good, knowledgeable guide.

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RuakuriCave, Manager at Ruakuri Cave, responded to this review

Thanks James, nice review. Logan More 

Clovis, California
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Its worth doing a two cave experience since Ruakuri is near the Glowworm cave. The spiral entrance is amazing.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Ruakuri caves again close by to gloworm caves need special attention.A worth visit but in my personal opinion I found Gloworm had an upperhand than this.The staff is pretty friendly and has all ears to answer the queries

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RuakuriCave, Manager at Ruakuri Cave, responded to this review

Thanks? Would love to hear what would give Ruakuri a score of 5 Any extra feedback to logan.doull@thlonline.com please Logan More 

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