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Review of Ruakuri Cave

Ruakuri Cave
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$39.73*
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1-Hour Guided Aranui Cave Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The cave was neat but our guide seemed like he only existed to turn off and on the lights. He barely said anything. It was through the black water rafting company and it made me wish we had just gone black water rafting instead of thing boring boring tour.

Thank vashka0310
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"spiral entrance"
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"glow worms"
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"take photos"
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"limestone formations"
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"man made"
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"our tour guide"
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"black water"
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"an easy walk"
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"great guide"
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"walking tour"
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"sense of humour"
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

This is a captivating experience that you must see, with it's spectacular spiral entrance down into the cave. Fantastic limestone formations, plenty of glow worms to see, you can hear the distance rumble of underground water falls. The guide was informative and friendly, relating well with teenagers. This is also a wheelchair/pushchair friendly attraction. Take a warm jacket.

1  Thank Marianne D
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

The tour guide gives you the experience of walking through a safe and secure park of the cave in the dark. Only your hand to guide you ! What an experience. You are reaching out in the darkness and come upon amazing formations.

Thank Lorraine40002013
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We booked the three cave experience because we had some time to kill and it worked out to only be an extra $8 to do a third one, rather than just the two.

Overall the tour of the Ruakuri cave is interesting and informative. You can take pictures in the cave, some places with flash and some without but you can still get plenty of good pictures without the flash (Keep this in mind if you are doing the boat tour in the glow worm caves as you cannot take pictures in here - so get your glow worm pictures here instead!).

Wished we could have done the Black Water Rafting experience (as it takes place in this cave) but it was booked out on the day we were there, if it was available though definitely consider giving it a go as it looks amazing!

2  Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

If you only have time to do one cave this is the one to do! It has it all. Glow worms, you get to see them up close and not just lights in the dark. Amazing formations and very informative and friendly guide. You can take photos. The man made entrance is amazing and means people in wheel chairs or prams can access this wonderful, beautiful cave. You wont be disappointed!!

Thank vg1071
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