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Ruakuri Cave: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

1. Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off a small waterfall and take in the magic of the glowworm grotto of Ruakuri Cave on this Black Labyrinth adventure. Put on your gear and learn from professionally trained guides that will take you ziplining, rafting, and caving.  Check in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Get all your equipment and instructions from your guide before you begin the subterranean journey. Leap over cascading waterfalls and weave and climb through a glowworm-studded wonderland. After an energized trip, float serenely down the underground river. Enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Ride a stream that twists and turns through a canyon, and tumble down a hidden waterfall and rock slide before emerging into the sun-dappled Waitomo forest. The rafting base is located a short distance outside Waitomo Caves village. This is the booking and assembly point for all black water rafting expeditions. It is also the home of the Long Black Cafe, where you'll find delicious food, coffee, and friendly Kiwi service. 

Waitomo: Ruakuri Cave 1.5 Hour Guided Tour

2. Waitomo: Ruakuri Cave 1.5 Hour Guided Tour

Explore Ruakuri Cave, New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour. Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Ruakuri Cave has displays of glowworms and is filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years. 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. Major features include Holdens Cavern, named after James Holden who first opened the cave to the public, The Drum Passage, The Pretties, and The Ghost Passage. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the history, features, and legends of the cave to life with their storytelling. Many of the guides are locals whose parents and grandparents have guided in the caves. The experience will leave you awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.

From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Day Tour

3. From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Day Tour

Get extra value by visiting both the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo in one day with this tour. Upon arrival at Hobbiton, have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining Hobbiton Tours for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Be transported into the movie set by bus, then join a guided walking tour of the set. Used for filming scenes set in the village of Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series, the popular attraction is a must-see for any film or literary fan. Enjoy a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon before boarding the coach for your next stop. On arrival in Waitomo, enjoy a 45-minute tour of the Glowworm Cave. Walk in the stunning cave and admire its complex underground formation. Exit on a small boat through the Glowworm Grotto and marvel at millions of glowworms. Your tour concludes with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel. A picnic lunch is included between stops.

From Auckland: Waitomo Caves and Otorohanga Kiwi House Trip

4. From Auckland: Waitomo Caves and Otorohanga Kiwi House Trip

Commence your adventure with a hotel pickup in Auckland, embarking on a scenic drive to the Waitomo region, traversing the picturesque New Zealand countryside en route to the Ruakuri Caves. Descend into the mesmerizing depths of the Ruakuri Caves, where marvel-worthy shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries unfold over millions of years. Capture the beauty through photos. Explore the dramatic spiral entrance, crafted to safeguard a Wahi Tapu (sacred area), adding a cultural dimension to your underground journey. Delve into the fascinating lives of glowworms with a close encounter, gaining insights into their unique existence. Allow an average duration of 2 hours to absorb the awe-inspiring beauty and historical significance of this subterranean marvel. Then, stop for lunch (at your expense) at a local eatery, savoring regional flavors and preparing for the afternoon's encounters. Continue a very short drive to the Otorohanga Kiwi House. Discover diverse exhibits and encounter native birds, including the iconic kiwi, for a connection to the country's rich biodiversity. Reflect on the day's adventures during a leisurely drive back to Auckland.

From Auckland : Waitomo Caves and Rotorua with Te Puia

5. From Auckland : Waitomo Caves and Rotorua with Te Puia

Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Tour, this small group, fully guided day trip combines Nature, Maori culture and two of the top attractions in the North Island together to form the ultimate day trip from Auckland. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety. Highlights: · Waitomo Glowworm Caves · Te Puia Geothermal Park & Pohutu Geyser · Maori Cultural Village and Arts School · Rotorua City Highlights

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What people are saying about Ruakuri Cave

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4.8 / 5

based on 600 reviews

Awesome! We had knowledgeable guides who kept the group safe but managed to keep things moving at a comfortable pace. The experience was challenging but fun and very varied, from physical and mental points of view to a beautiful, peaceful float while watching glow worms in almost silence. Memorable and definitely worth it!!

This was a fantastic experience. It does require getting into chest deep water and walking through strong rapids at times. The guides were very skilled and did a great job navigating us through the cave. We had a great time.

Absolutely amazing and the right amount of adventure we sought! Hanna and Burge were amazing guides. They made the adventure 1000x better! Thank you!

Awesome guides and a fantastic experience! Must do in Waitomo!

Really interesting and lots to see, including Glow Worms!