What To Expect
Ruakuri cave features amazing cave formations and underground secrets. You can enjoy a guided tour on foot, or take part in the more action-packed black water rafting adventures that navigate Ruakuri's underground river.
The Ruakuri guided tour offers a comprehensive cave experience due to its size and diversity. Winding passageways, vast echoing caverns, deep crevices and the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls bring a different energy and character to Ruakuri. Be led along narrow corridors and across low-lit walkways suspended high above the river, sometimes glimpsing the black water rafters on the Huhunui River below.
Tours of Ruakuri take two hours and offer Waitomo's longest guided walking tour along 1.6km of cave passages where visitors marvel at the interesting formations in this living work of nature.
The new spiral entranceway to Ruakuri is a remarkable feat of modern engineering and design. It is a major feature of the recent redevelopment, providing a dramatic introduction to the cave. Your guided tour will lead you down the large spiral walkway, where you will pass through a specially constructed tunnel called The Drum Entrance and into the cave.
Meals and drinks (unless specified)
Tips and gratuities
Children below 4 years old are free of charge.
Family Pass is for 2 adults and 2 children.
Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket.
Ruakuri is fully wheelchair accessible.
This tour operates with a maximum group size of 18 persons.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
1 hour and 30 minutes
2 hours and 45 minutes