“Discover a forested gorge, natural sculpted cliffs and low limestone arches on this spectacular loop walk - plenty to keep kids interested.”
A real highlight of the Waitomo area, this spectacular loop walk takes you through a forested gorge, past natural sculpted cliffs and under low limestone arches.
The track follows the stream and then winds up around a network of limestone bluffs and outcrops before descending down to the Ruakuri Natural Bridge viewing platform.The entrance to the viewing platform is dark, so take care when walking down the steps. The platform extends out over a large cavernous tunnel where you can see large speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites) and a stream running along the bottom.
Glowworms illuminate the banks of the track at night. The best place to see them is at either side of the main bridge.
The grassed area near the Ruakuri Caves carpark contains picnic tables, a grassed area for children to run around, and toilets. There is also a coin gas BBQ on site - $1 for 25 mins of use.
The track is 4 km from Waitomo Village.
Head west from Waitomo Village and turn left at the roundabout into Tumutumu Road. Follow that road for about 2 km and turn right at the signposted access to Ruakuri car park.
Alternatively, walk from the Waitomo Village to Ruakuri on the Waitomo Walkway.
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Ruakuri Bush Walk
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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