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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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Cave 2

This was the second of our cave visits and is by far the best experience. With a smooth path the cave is pushchair friendly all the way. The spiral looks hard but take your time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Phil H
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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom

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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was the second of our cave visits and is by far the best experience. With a smooth path the cave is pushchair friendly all the way. The spiral looks hard but take your time and you get there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guided tours are the only way to see these caves. Sometimes difficult to see things when in a large group. Caves are huge and spectacular, our guide Kit was excellent.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Because it has not been open for many years the cave is still pristine and also it is wheelchair friendly would you believe!

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Thank FastHelen
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my favourite of all the caves. You get to see and touch some of the limestone. I leant stuff about glo worms I didn't even know. I would highly recommend this walk.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip to ruakuri caves was easy and the tour through it was beautiful. I was really anxious because the cost for accidentally scratching or breaking off the limestone is so high. I traveled carefully with my backpack. Although the brochures and websites say you can take pictures of and with glow worms we didn't really get that. There were... More 

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Des Moines, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did this cave as a combo with the Waitomo glowworm cave. This was a longer tour and was great, both as a history lesson and geology lesson. Quite beautiful! No big problems walking through here. We saw people doing the Black Water trip, which looked awesome, but a bit chilly!

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got a 25% discount voucher from a tourist brochure. Included in ticket is short ride in van to/from Waitomo village (but you can also walk there on a very pleasant hiking trail which takes about one hour, and you should have proper hiking boots). Spiral entrance to cave was itself interesting and unique. Friendly and knowledgeable guide. Plenty of unusual... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We purchased the duel tour deal which also included Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. We were in awe from start to finish of this tour. We highly recommend this cave, so much beauty to be seen.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i did the 'best cave combo' which was both the waitomo and ruakuri caves. they offer slightly different experiences with the ruakuri cave exp being 2 hours (as opposed to 45 minutes for the gloworm cave). ruakuri cave has both the gloworms and special cave formations. great informative guide as well. We could see people black water rafting, that looked... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited both Waitomo and Ruakuri Caves while in Waitomo, and I recommend doing both if you have time (you can book a discounted double tour and do one right after the other). There are a few main differences between Waitomo and Ruakuri: At Ruakuri you can take photos/video, whereas this is prohibited at Waitomo; the Ruakuri tour is about... More 

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