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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo provided by Waitomo Glowworm Caves

75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo

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Covid Practices: We will be requesting all visitors sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, we will be maintaining social distancing and implementing cleaning practices throughout the day as well as hand sanitizer
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Updated 31/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Waitomo Caves
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    Ruakuri Cave
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    Discover the spectacular Ruakuri Cave on this 75-minute guided walking tour. Ruakuri Cave has displays of glowworms and is filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years. Points of interest include softly folding shawl-like formations (formed by flowing rivers) and fossilized seashells, which indicate how the caves were once part of the seabed. 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. Tours depart every day (except Christmas Day) at 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave. Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair accessible. .
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  • You'll end at
    Waitomo Caves
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Important Information
Departure Point
Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North Island
Duration
1h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Ruakuri Cave
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • All you will need are comfortable shoes and a warm jacket.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Shiffy N wrote a review Jan 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited the cave with our 83-year-old dependent. The staff spotted that she needed help walking so provided us with a wheelchair which made all the difference for her mobility and ability to enjoy the cave - an opportunity she would've missed otherwise. Our guide Mac (Mak?)
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Renae wrote a review Aug 2020
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The ticket price is worth it. I took my daughter, younger brother and nephew and they loved it as did I. Recommend this to everyone. Does say wheel chair accessible and pram, but do not reccomend it. Our tour guide was awesome, he was very informative with everything & was not a
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Date of experience: August 2020
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TakingTheATrain wrote a review Jun 2020
Wellington, New Zealand44 contributions22 helpful votes
What an amazing experience this was. These caves were incredibly fascinating. So beautiful yet so strange. There are not as many glow worms but the cave formations themselves were enough to keep us interested. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and had interesting stories
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Date of experience: June 2020
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DeeBee90 wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom94 contributions49 helpful votes
We chose to do this cave tour before going on the Waitomo tour. It was amazing. Our young guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a brilliant tour. These caves are much more extraordinary than the Waitomo cave system but they do have fewer glow worms. Our group
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Deborah L wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne12 contributions
We booked to see the glow worms,but once we entered the caves and were gifted a knowledgeable tour by our guide we completely forgot about them and enjoyed the awesome sites before us. The personal history and family connections of the guide really added a depth to the tour we
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Customer Service Rep at 75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback and its great to hear you really enjoyed your time with us in Waitomo! Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you in the future. Nga mihi,
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By: Waitomo Glowworm Caves
1999Anabel
1999Anabel
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Waitomo caves
It was wonderful to see the glow worms during the very short boat trip - almost surreal. It’s an outstanding intern
pracatan77
pracatan77
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Magical Experience
A magical experience deep underground, seeing some wonderful sights. Moi our host was fantastic and gave us an inf
Jessewoodcock12
Jessewoodcock12
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Amazing
We absolutely loved the tour! Corey was amazing and was so passionate about it which made it so much more special.
CushlaH_13
CushlaH_13
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Glow worms and caves stunning
Our 4 year old daughter loved the glow worm cave tour and boat ride. The tour was an hour but it moved quickly enou
Ralph164
Ralph164
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55 years since last visit
I was last here as a kid with my parents. This visit was absolutely fantastic. Guide Hiria was truly amazing. Sho
Ashleigh R
Ashleigh R
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Incredible experience
Climbing down into a cave isn't something that I thought I would ever do. I was slightly nervous but it was so wort
Sus1952
Sus1952
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Wonderful visit
It was many, many years since I had visited this iconic glowworm cave. It was well worth the wait. We had a wonderf
663jacquim
663jacquim
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Exceeded expectations
NZ do this tour while there are no cruise ships etc. The guide was so knowledgeable March 1 at 1000. The glow worms
VJ1S
VJ1S
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Support our tourism industry
Took our kids 6 & 8 years old. They loved it, we learned so much. The guide Shawny was lovely, kept us all engaged
PettTrina
PettTrina
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Family experience
This was amazing. Definitely recommend doing. Pretty pricey for a family but we learned and saw so much and our g
GourmandsExpedition
GourmandsExpedition
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Unique Experience but Not on My Top Things To Do in New Zealand
VISIT: end of February 2020 COMPANY: Auckland Scenic Tours I have always heard of the glowworm caves in New Zealan
skibabe74
skibabe74
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Well worth a visit!
We’ve just been to the caves, first time for me and my kids. It’s really well set up, with gentle walking paths thr
grantwalker2014
grantwalker2014
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birthday treat
what a great place to go and see the caves are amazing. the boat ride was cool and seeing all the glow worms on the
larissakal
larissakal
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Awesome
Great, fun tour. Fun for everyone. Definitely recommend doing a combo tour and seeing other caves/doing other tours
philw828
philw828
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Appreciated Educational tour
Having lived our whole lives in NZ and never ever having done this tour this was so worth it. Our guide is a loca
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