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Ruakuri Cave

585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 6219
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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
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585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 6219
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I went for this walking tour after my Waitomo glowworm caves adventure. It is a lot of walking in this one (Glowworm is mostly a boat ride) so go with comfortable walking shoes and a jacket as it gets a little cold underground. I believe...More

Thank phoenixfj
Reviewed 3 days ago

This cave is definitely worth checking out as it allows you to see glow worms up close and photography is allowed. Our guide is very informative as well, explaining about the formation of the caves and the growth / life stages of a glow worm,...More

Thank yEeVoNy25
Reviewed 5 days ago

Photos do not do any justice for what you are about to experience. If you are like me and have no experience with caves, prepare to be wowed, to be inspired and view our wee planet in a completely different way. The two of us...More

Thank travelingturtle_nz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the guide that we had. Hui this attraction is a sight to definitely see while your in New Zealand

Thank reign g
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entrance to this cave gives you a better appreciation of how deep you are. Had great guides who told us a lot about the history! It was worth checking out!

Thank Wolfgang_NZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is handicap accessible, compared to the Waitomo glow worm cave – about a two hour tour. My mother says using a two wheeled walker, it worked out fine because the handholds were easy to use on the railings. You must be in fairly good...More

Thank Cr1717
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do yourself a great service and do the Rukari Cave tour ! absolutely sensational even for folk not into caves, 100% recommend and if your lucky enough to get Holly as your guide you will be very well informed. We loved the tour.

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No place really makes you go WOW every 30 seconds........This place does.....WOW. The guides are great, enjoy what they do and make the experience fun. Also great explanations of everything. The caves are stunning and the formations will just blow you away.

1  Thank AndyAnnable
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked the Ruakuri cave tour together with Waitomo Glowworm cave and Aranui cave. In this tour, you were allowed to take photos which makes it better since we love photos. You could see lots of stone formations like stalactites and stalagmites and others. You...More

Thank Jetryx
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Ruakuri cave is located away from the main Glowworm cave. Transport can be arranged there and back. We did the tour on a Sunday morning 9am and we were the only two people on the tour. The guide didn't mind, but was very enthusiastic...More

1  Thank verena_133
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Kame A
Is this a bus to get there from Auckland? I saw the Intercity bus only goes to WGC.
27 February 2017|
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Response from KAW0107 | Reviewed this property |
I really don't know. Sorry
Hi, I'm planning to make a trip to these Ruakuri Cave and/or WGC in Feb 2017 with my 2 year old and a 7 month old. I'll be staying in Matamata for 2 nights. I'm driving from Auckland straight to the caves and don't think I'll have time to do both in a day. So, I intend to do the Ruakuri on my day of arrival. I'll visit Hobbiton the next day and hopefully have time to visit WGC after that. Could someone advise if this is too rushed a schedule? How long would i need for Hobbiton to enjoy it in a leisure pace and how long would I need for these 2 caves to enjoy them in leisure pace too? Also, is there a better timing to visit these 2 caves or it doesn't make a difference be it day or afternoon? Is there cafes nearby for us to do lunch with our child too?
27 December 2016|
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Response from RuakuriCave | Property representative |
Hi Meiz, my question is why two nights in Matamata? Doing that drive, both caves and Hobbiton is possible in a day, but it will be a big day and I wouldn't recommend it with kids. I suggest staying in Waitomo or between... More
How narrow and low do the passages become and for how long?
13 January 2016|
Response from shower1 | Reviewed this property |
Theyre not very narrow. You dont have to stoop much. Im Elderly and had no problem even though im slso asthmatic