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Ruakuri Cave - Waitomo

585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo, Waikato 3977 New Zealand

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  • No Wifi
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“Waitomo's longest underground guided walking tour.”

According to Maori legend, Ruakuri Cave (rua meaning den, and kuri meaning dog) was first discovered 400-500 years ago by a young Maori hunting for birds. He was attacked by wild dogs just outside the original cave entrance. Re-opened in 2005, this cave is now an amazing example of engineering and natural cave structure.

Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms.

Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed. It will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.

With clever and innovative design, Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair and pushchair access.

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Caitlin Prior

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July 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

The tour takes two hours and its Waitomo's longest guided walking tour. Tours depart from. This tour starts at the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Book in advance as they only take so many people per tour! A easy way to experience an amazing cave.

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Ruakuri Cave - Waitomo

585 Waitomo Caves Road
Waitomo
Waikato
3977 New Zealand

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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