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“Amazing Cave”
Review of Aranui Cave

Aranui Cave
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$908.60*
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Private Shore Excursion: Waitomo Glow Worm Caves Experience from Tauranga
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San Francisco Bay Area
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing Cave”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We really liked the walking tour of Aranui Cave a lot. Less people than Waitomo Cave (which is also terrific). It's farther down the road than Waitomo Cave but definitely worth doing.

Visited November 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Lesser of the three but still magnificent”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

We did the three cave package and if we could only have done two I would have left this one out but it still rates as magnificent. It is a shorter tour but the limestone architecture is still hugely impressive, especially the nativity scene

Visited November 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Average”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We saw all three caves (Ruakuri, Glowworms and Aranui). The other two were entirely amazing. But this one had lots of broken formations (due to the actions of previous explorers) and subsequently, everything was behind these fairly ugly gates. There wasn't anything in this cave you wouldn't see in other two, so if I were going to see the Waitomo Caves, I'd get the double pass for the Glowworms and Ruakuri and give this one a miss. It's an extremely short tour, but doesn't cost any less than the Glowworms.

Visited November 2012
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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“A delight to experience”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Had a great tour guide and loved the meander through the cave. The staff are so brilliant, cave exceptional and experience overall including lunch, seamless. Thank you so very much and CJ is such a credit to the company. Rae and Jack (Mother and son 12 years old)

Visited October 2012
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Well worth doing, so different to the other caves at Waitomo, the stalagmites and stalactites here are such unique shapes. Easily walking distance to cave entrance (but slightly uphill). Good paths/ramps inside the cave. You need to book in advance and drive to this cave yourself, only 5 minutes from Waitomo Glowworm Cave. Camera with flash allowed. This cave does not have glow-worms, but some friendly weta's :)

Visited September 2012
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