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Aranui Caves - Waitomo

39 Waitomo Caves Road, Otorohanga, Waikato 3977 New Zealand

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Opens Sat 9a
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  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“Discover nature's interior decorations.”

Aranui Cave is set in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, 5 minutes drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It is named after Ruruku Aranui, the local Maori man who first discovered this previously hidden gem back in 1910.

Aranui Cave has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. As a dry cave without a river running through it, it houses very little life past its entrance.

However, just inside the entrance is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.

Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend.

As such, it occupies a very special place in the hearts of the people of the Waitomo district. Visit soon to see the richly varied cave formations within close-up view and enjoy an experience you will never forget.

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Aranui Caves - Waitomo

39 Waitomo Caves Road, Otorohanga
Waikato
3977 New Zealand

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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