What To Expect
Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flow into delicate shawl-like formations.
Availability: Daily at 09:00; 10:00; 11:30; 12:30; 13:30; 14:30; 15:30
Nearby, at the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, thousands of tiny glow worms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. You'll also see a deep limestone shaft and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless.
Daily from 09:00 to 17:00 (every year)
Daily from 09:00 to 17:30 (from Labor Weekend to Easter Monday)
Take a journey through the forest to magnificent Aranui Cave. With a natural cave entrance, it is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. Take pictures of the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.
Availability: Daily at 10:00; 11:00; 13:00; 14:00; 15:00
Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Allow 45 minutes
Ruakuri Cave: Allow 2 hours
Experienced tour guide
Tickets to the 3 caves
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
This tour is subject to availability and weather conditions.
Children below 4 years old are free of charge.
Family Pass is for 2 adults and 2 children.
No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the caves.
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour operates with a maximum group size of 50 persons.
The Aranui Cave Tour operates with a maximum group size of 20 persons.
The Ruakuri Cave Tour operates with a maximum group size of 18 persons.
Photography and video are not permitted inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Aranui Cave, but is allowed in the Ruakuri Cave. Management reserve the right to refuse entry to the caves.
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