Discover Waitomo's longest underground guided walking tour!
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.
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.
Location and direction
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Center
Alternative Meeting Point:
The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
Ruakuri Cave Departure Times:
Daily at 09:00, 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30.
Duration: Approximately 120 minutes.
Price & Options
Smoking, bringing food and pets are not allowed inside the cave.
Photography and video recording is allowed in Ruakuri Cave.
This activity is wheelchair accessible.
Proof of age for children between ages 4 and 14 years old.
Sweatshirt / light jacket
A complimentary shuttle bus runs, however due to limited capacity during peak season may require some customers to self-drive to the cave entrance, 5 kilometers from the visitor center.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
You can book a maximum of 18.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made between 1 business days (09:00:00 local time) to business days (09:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
Any cancellations made after the booking confirmation date will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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