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“Peaceful Walk”
Review of Ruakuri Walk

Ruakuri Walk
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Blind River, Canada
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“Peaceful Walk”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

You really do see everything on this walk, caves, tunnels, gorges and many birds. There are stairs, but it is not particularly arduous. We stopped so many times just to enjoy the scenery and the peace and quiet that the walk did not tire us at all.Just a short way from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves so don't pass it up as it is well worth the time spent.

Visited September 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Fabulous free attraction”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Our host at the Waitomo Guest Lodge really sang the praises of this walk and recommended that we do it both during the day and at night. Given our other commitments, we were only able to do a night walk, but it was so worthwhile. There were five in our group and we had the place to ourselves for the entire time we were there (about 50 minutes). There were loads of glow-worms, including a surprising number at low levels. The variety of things to see (even at night) was amazing in such a small area.

Despite the fact that it had been raining all day, the track was in pretty good condition. There were of course areas that were slippery so it pays to take care. Make sure you have a good quality light source with you so you can take full advantage of what this walk has to offer.

Visited October 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Just Do It!”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

A little bit of everything. .. Bush walk, cave, river, etc Only takes about 30 min return, so you can easily do it even if you're short on time.
We did it in the daylight and then again tat night to see the glowowrms at the beginning. (5 min each way)
One of the best short walks I've ever done - and its free!

Visited October 2013
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New Zealand
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“Easily one of NZ's best walks under one hour!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

I love this walk.
I have done it many, many times, and taken many international visitors, and they are always blown away. It has beautiful bush, rushing streams, dense primeval rainforest, and fantastic views of the limestone and cave environment - the track winds its way through a number of small tunnels, and has some viewing platforms inside large cave systems. In the evening the lower section of the walk has glow worms. The start of the walk, at the Aranui Cave carpark, has a delightful picnic area, with electric BBQs, clean toilets, picnic tables, and interpretive panels explaing about the cave and river environment. It makes a fantastic compliment to an underground visit to one of the popular commercial cave tours, and is short enough that it can be fitted into just about any visit to Waitomo.
Unfortunately there are a lot of wooden stairs up and down, and the odd tunnel to navigate, so it is not possible to do this walk if you are mobility impaired, need a wheelchair, or with a child in a buggy.
If New Zealand ever creates a category of New Zealand's Great "short" Walks, the upper Ruakuri Scenic walk would be top of my vote list!

Visited October 2013
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Prince George, Canada
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“waitomo caves”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

being quite claustrophobic made me very ambivalent about embarking on this adventure! We were pleasantly surprised, though, as the downward journey into the caves was a descent by a circular ramp with a large wide space, lots of fresh air and natural light. A smooth transition at the bottom included a fantastic guide who pointed out all the features, answered all questions and kept things moving at an enjoyable pace. There was plenty of opportunity to take pictures and there were very few spots where I felt "hemmed in". It wasn't until we were at the actual ascent and I looked up the ramp that I realized how deep into the earth we had actually ventured! A trip well worth taking. I highly recommend it, also a very good learning experience for school aged children! Well worth the cost of admission!

Visited July 2013
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