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“Excellent for people who are in a wheelchair”
Review of Ruakuri Cave

Ruakuri Cave
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$53.47*
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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour
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$101.23*
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Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour
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$38.50*
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed September 17, 2012

This cave is well worth the visit. It is specially set up for people who are in a wheelchair with a ramp, pathway running right from the entrance via a spiral ramp down to the ground and all through the cave is accessible on the specially built walkway. The entrance to the cave reminded my husband and I of Get Smart with the special double doors that opened and closed automatically. The natural formations are spectacular, but you must remember not to touch any of the formations because a possible fine of $2,000 for damages could result. The guide we had was very informative of the local knowledge as well.

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We did the 10am session which i was grateful for as we met up with the next group which had a lot more people than ours. We had 7 people which was a good size. The entrance to the caves has a real James Bond feel and is well done. The cave is extensive, varied and beautiful and our guide was very up beat and knowledgeable. I thought it was worth very cent. ps. wear warm clothes!

1  Thank Cat R
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

This was a good tour for people with average mobility. We took this tour because my 84 year old mother was with us in a wheelchair. Once in the caves it was fairly flat with some fairly steep ramps. The formations were beautiful but there were not a huge amount of glow worms. The one thing that you should know is that there is a steep circular ramp going down several stories that also mustt be climbed on the way out. This was a challenge to walk for those with limited mobility and pushing the wheelchair up was difficult. However, I am glad that we went and it was the most accessible cave for us. It is a lovely drive from Auckland and easy to find.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We did this tour at the end of June. The cave is spectacular. Tons of different formations coming from the walls and glow worms too. Our guide was knowledgable and interesting. We got to see some of the people doing the black water rafting and I was thankful for being dry, though it was a bit warmer in the cave than outside. We booked this tour in combination with the glow worm cave and I recommend you avoid the glow worm cave at all costs. That was a terrible tour, way overbooked (they seem to allow anyone that shows up to join the tour), couldnt hear anything, and what should have been the best part, the tour on the boat looking up at glow worms was ruined by having to wait 20 minutes in the cave as there were far too many people to all fit in one boat and only one guide. Thankfully the ruakuri cave salvaged what would have been a ruined day.

1  Thank Shelly D
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Exceeded all expectations.
We were lucky enough to have a small group and a couple of guides that really engaged us and allowed our kids to feel involved in the experience.
A must-see if you're visiting Waitomo.

1  Thank Handsomedan1969
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