Waitomo Aranui Cave Guided Tour

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Waitomo Aranui Cave Guided Tour - Picture 1
 Native New Zealand cave weta
Native New Zealand cave weta
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Aranui Cave Entrance
Aranui Cave Entrance
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Aranui Cave Entrance
Aranui Cave Entrance
Bush Walk
Bush Walk

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daily at 9:30 AM; 11:00 AM; 1:00 PM; 2:30 PM; 4:00 PM
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A guide will take you along safe boardwalks into narrow chambers to see the finest cave formations of all the caves in Waitomo. The high chambers, magnificent limestone formations and the pale brown, pink and white shades of the huge stalactites in the Aranui Cave are truly spectacular

As you enter, the first cavern in the Aranui Cave is called the Butcher Shop and was named this following the discovery by the local Maori pig-hunter Ruruku Aranui. Other key points of interest include the Cathedral Majestic, The Temple of Peace and the Eastern Scene in Aladdins Cave. Aranui Cave is home to one of the largest stalactites, which is estimated to be 2.5 metric tons and 6 meters long.


Just inside the entrance to Aranui is a colony of cave wetas - large insects unique to New Zealand, which date back to the dinosaur age. Wetas are closely related to the cricket and locust and the word literally translates from Maori as the 'ugly one' or the spiny one.

Cave wetas differ from other wetas in the size of their limbs and antennae, in relation to their bodies. They have very long legs and antennae, to help them find their way around their dark habitat. They do have eyes but these are only really used to avoid light. Leaving the Aranui Cave at night they will forage on the forest floor for food. If there is a full moon, they will not leave the shelter of the cave as there is too much light.


  • Cave tour with guide


  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Personal expense

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please note

  • 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.

  • Aranui cave has no wheelchair access and is therefore not suitable for visitors with mobility problems.

  • This tour operates with a maximum group size of 20 persons.

  • No smoking, photography (including video), food or pets are permitted inside the caves.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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