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Ruakuri Cave Guided Tour

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Marvel at the captivating beauty of the magical Ruakari Cave with a remarkable spiral entrance and home to thousands of glowworms on this mystical guided tour!

Highlights

  • Stroll through the solar-powered Ruakuri Cave, a natural wonder adorned with glowworms.

  • Venture down the dramatic spiral entrance and witness tiny creatures that make the cave sparkle like a night sky up close.

  • Join the longest underground walking tour in Waitiomo Caves and learn about the myths and legends of the cave from the local guide.

  • Marvel at the unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and limestone shawls.

  • Enjoy the soothing sound of the waterfalls, creating a serene atmosphere.

  • Ruakuri Cave is one of the few wheelchair and pushchair-accessible caves in the world!

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour guided walking tour in Ruakuri Cave

  • Expert guide

  • Access to Holdens Cavern, the Drum Passage, the Pretties & the Ghost Passage

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from Australia, United States, United Kingdom and over 20 countries have loved this experience
Giannina Rochlin

Giannina

5/5

Jun, 2024

The guide was very knowledgeable, but low key which made the tour relaxing and very enjoyable. It would have been helpful if you had made it clear when we bought the tickets where we needed to go. We first went to the Waitomo Caves because we didn't we had to go a separate location.
Paul Davis

Paul

5/5

Jun, 2024

Small tour size, awesome cave, awesome guides. The guide knew so much, was so friendly, and really enjoyed taking us through the cave.
Ana Lopez de Arroyabe

Ana

4/5

Jun, 2024

The tour was ok, very well explained by the guide in a relax pace. You can also see a bunch of glowing worms and It's completely accessible. For me a little bit overpriced.
Lydene Pain

Lydene

5/5

Apr, 2024

We had a great informative guide who had a great sense of humour. Can't remember his name though. But he took us for the Ruakuri Tour at 1:30pm on Thurs 18th April. Loved learning about the different natural structures down there and how they were formed. A well structured walkway/path. Loved the glow worms and learning about them and their life cycle too. Highly recommended trip.
Laura Andrews

Laura

5/5

Apr, 2024

My friend and I had a fantastic time of the Ruakuri caves tour. Our guide Pippin was fantastic. She showed passion, enthusiasm and a personal connection to the cave whcih made the tour really engaging. Highly recommend this experience.

A dreamy escape to Ruakuri Cave

On this magical adventure, you will discover the spectacular Ruakuri Cave, powered by 100% renewable energy. What’s more, this dreamy experience is open for all with full wheelchair and pushchair access. You will walk down the illuminated spiral entrance to discover unique limestone formations formed over the years and enchanting crystal tapestries. Be sure to have your comfortable walking shoes on since the Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest-guided underground walking tour!

Walk among the stars of the cave

The most ethereal part of the tour is when you come across the magnificent glowworms in a spectacular display. You’ll learn about these beautiful bio-luminescent creatures and the fascinating history of the cave from your tour guide. You can take your cameras out and capture the magical moment with thousands of glowworms decorating the cave like a starry night. Also, hear the thunder and burbles of distant subterranean waterfalls as you explore the underground natural wonder.

Accessibility

  • This experience is wheelchair accessible and has pram/stroller accessibility.

  • Wheelchair/stroller width must not exceed 65cm.

Additional information

  • Photography and video are permitted in selected areas of the cave.

  • It's recommended to wear a warm jacket along with comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Ruakuri Visitor Centre

  • Address: 204, Tumutumu Road, Waitomo Caves 3985, New Zealand

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Car

  • Take route 'New Zealand State Highway 37' and drive on Waitomo caves road.

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Waitomo Glowworm Caves and it is 2.8 km from the destination.
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