We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very Impressive Business Investment in Ruakuri!”
Review of Ruakuri Cave

Ruakuri Cave
Book In Advance
More Info
$101.26*
and up
Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour
More Info
$38.51*
and up
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
More Info
$53.48*
and up
Waitomo Glowworm Caves: 75-minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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
Reviewed November 26, 2013

According to our guide, in 2005, a huge, $6.5 million investment went into the Ruakuri Cave, to install impressive, safe, high-quality metal boardwalks throughout the cave network. This infrastructure improvement allowed for excellent views of the cave's waterfalls, rivers, blackwater rafting/caving opportunities, and the glowworms themselves!

The tour itself was about 1.5 hours long and the guide was quite knowledgeable about the the cave system.

Part of the excitement of the whole cave experience was entering the cave via the 100+ foot drop - a circular passageway around the edge of the cave tunnel. From there, things only got better!

Thank Keith-B-Robinson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (588)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

399 - 403 of 588 reviews

Reviewed November 10, 2013

Starting with the amazing spiral staircase, an outstanding guide and simply the best cave ever, it's a must. Do not be tempted to do the combo, just go straight for this one, the others simply cannot compete!

Thank David L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 4, 2013

This cave is a short drive from Waitomo Caves. The trail to the cave is well maintained although there are a lot of stairs to get to the viewing platform inside the cave. We did the cave loop during the day and then went back after dark. To see glow-worms you don't need to go all the way to the cave. When you enter the trail you go about 100 meters before you go over a bridge. Just after the bridge the trail branches. You want to take the trail to the right and you will come to a second bridge. There are glow-worms on the undergrowth on both sides of the bridge. At first you see a few but after a few minutes you will see hundreds. On the way back to the car park you will see random glow-worms all over the place. Well worth a visit and it is free.

2  Thank rrobbinsCleveland
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Lovely nature reserve with a great walkway during the day. Also visit at night for a wonderful Glow-worm encounter and spectacular night sky/stars. All free of charge and well maintained! Not to be missed, a truly magical place!

Thank Simon33333
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a great cave and trip. Its child friendly and wheelchair friendly too. Tours are relatively small group and take 2 hours. Certainly the best value tour and the caves themselves are amazing. Highly recommended.

Thank SarahNZ_12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ruakuri Cave also viewed

Otorohanga, Waikato Region
 
Waitomo Caves, Waikato Region
 

Been to Ruakuri Cave? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing