Ruakuri Cave: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off a small waterfall and take in the magic of the glowworm grotto of Ruakuri Cave on this Black Labyrinth adventure. Put on your gear and learn from professionally trained guides that will take you ziplining, rafting, and caving.  Check in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Get all your equipment and instructions from your guide before you begin the subterranean journey. Leap over cascading waterfalls and weave and climb through a glowworm-studded wonderland. After an energized trip, float serenely down the underground river. Enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Ride a stream that twists and turns through a canyon, and tumble down a hidden waterfall and rock slide before emerging into the sun-dappled Waitomo forest. The rafting base is located a short distance outside Waitomo Caves village. This is the booking and assembly point for all black water rafting expeditions. It is also the home of the Long Black Cafe, where you'll find delicious food, coffee, and friendly Kiwi service. 

Waitomo: Ruakuri Cave 1.5 Hour Guided Tour

Waitomo: Ruakuri Cave 1.5 Hour Guided Tour

Explore Ruakuri Cave, New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour. Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Ruakuri Cave has displays of glowworms and is filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries.  Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. 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. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the history, features, and legends of the cave to life with their storytelling. Many of the guides are locals whose parents and grandparents have guided in the caves. The experience will leave you awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.

From Auckland : Waitomo Caves and Rotorua with Te Puia

From Auckland : Waitomo Caves and Rotorua with Te Puia

Embark on a fully-guided day trip to Waitomo Caves and around Rotorua, combining Nature, Maori culture, and two of the top attractions in the North Island to form the ultimate day trip from Auckland. Learn along the way with stories and rich background knowledge from your experienced guide, and enjoy a tour run in modern, comfortable minibusses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety. Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, famous for their population of glow worms, a species found only in New Zealand. See the glowworms, their cave habitat, and the rivers that run through the caves. Make a stop at Te Puia Geothermal Park and Pohutu Geyser, known for its bubbling mud pools, exploding geysers, and other geothermal features. Experience the Maori Cultural Village and Arts School, and learn more about traditional Maori art and culture, including weaving, wood carving, and stone carving.

Auckland/Rotorua: Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour with Lunch

Auckland/Rotorua: Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour with Lunch

Get extra value by visiting both the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo in one day with this tour. Upon arrival at Hobbiton, have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining Hobbiton Tours for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Be transported into the movie set by bus, then join a guided walking tour of the set. Used for filming scenes set in the village of Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series, the popular attraction is a must-see for any film or literary fan. Enjoy a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon before boarding the coach for your next stop. On arrival in Waitomo, enjoy a 45-minute tour of the Glowworm Cave. Walk in the stunning cave and admire its complex underground formation. Exit on a small boat through the Glowworm Grotto and marvel at millions of glowworms. Your tour concludes with either a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel, or you can finish in Rotorua and be taken to your hotel at this location. To finish is Rotorua choose option which finishes in Rotorua. If you go to Rotorua there is not enough time to bring you back to Auckland on the same day

From Auckland: Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House Group Tour

From Auckland: Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House Group Tour

Commence your adventure with a hotel pickup in Auckland, embarking on a scenic drive to the Waitomo region, traversing the picturesque New Zealand countryside en route to the Ruakuri Caves in a small group of maximum 11 people. Descend into the mesmerizing depths of the Ruakuri Caves, where marvel-worthy shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries unfold over millions of years. See Glowworms right up close in this magical cave gaining insights into their unique existence and be able to capture their beauty through photos. Explore the dramatic spiral entrance, crafted to safeguard a Wahi Tapu (sacred area), adding a cultural dimension to your underground journey. Allow an average duration of 2 hours to absorb the awe-inspiring beauty and historical significance of this subterranean marvel. Then, stop for lunch (at your expense) at a local eatery, savoring regional flavors and preparing for the afternoon's encounters. Continue a very short drive to the Otorohanga Kiwi House. Discover diverse exhibits and encounter native birds, including the iconic kiwi, for a connection to the country's rich biodiversity. Reflect on the day's adventures during a leisurely drive back to Auckland.

21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of New Zealand's diverse landscapes on a 21-day adventure. Take part in unique local activities along the way and end your journey in the city of Christchurch. Day 1: Welcome to Auckland- Arrival at Hostel Welcome evening - Meet your Small Group Tour driver guide and fellow travelers Day 2: Auckland to Coromandel •Explore the stunning Cathedral Cove •Relax at Hot Water Beach by digging your own spa pool Day 3: Coromandel to Waitomo •Hike through the Karangahake Gorge •Admire the magical glowworm caves in Waitomo Day 4: Waitomo to Rotorua •Explore the lush Ruakuri Reserve •Spend the night in a Māori village, where you'll learn about local history and culture •Visit Hobbiton (extra) •Discover the town and lake in Rotorua Day 5: Rotorua Free Day •Immerse yourself in the history and culture at Te Pā Tū Māori Village Day 6: Rotorua to Taupo •Walk the scenic Huka Falls walkway •Soak under a waterfall or in the naturally heated rock pools at Spa Park Day 7: Taupo Free day •Today is at your leisure; feel free to explore; you can book one of the many optional activities online via the Trip Planner. Day 8: Taupo to River Valley •Walk the trail to Taranaki Falls •Spend the day at River Valley Lodge, nestled along the Rangitikei River •Taste an organic roast dinner Day 9: River Valley to Wellington •Take in the vibrant city vibes of Wellington, New Zealand's capital Day 10: Wellington Free Day •Today is yours to do as you wish! Day 11: Wellington to Kaikoura •Board a spacious ferry for a ride across the Cook Strait •Sip on some local wine in the Marlborough region •Visit the impressive Kaikoura seal colony Day 12: Kaikoura to Christchurch •Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway •Admire incredible panoramic views of Kaikoura •Discover hidden gems of Christchurch on a city-street art trail Day 13: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo •Marvel at the stars in the Dark Sky Project •Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd Day 14: Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook •Spend the day inside the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park •Walk through the Hooker Valley track to Hooker Lake Day 15: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown •Feast on a buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant Day 16: Queenstown free day •Have the whole day to yourself and explore the wonders of Queenstown Day 17: Queenstown to Milford Sound •2 hour Milford Sound boat cruise Day 18: Queenstown to Lake Hawea via Wanaka •Take in views over Lake Wānaka from Roys Peak (weather dependent) •Visit the famous Wanaka tree Day 19: Lake Hawea to Franz Josef •Discover the Thunder Creek falls in Mt Aspiring National Park •Admire the famous mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook from Lake Matheson Day 20: Franz Josef •Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop •Take on a glacier walk Day 21: Franz Josef to Christchurch •Explore a variety of trails across Arthur's Pass •Walk the Castle Hill track •Stop at the Devils Punchbowl waterfalls

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What people are saying about Ruakuri Cave

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It was fantastic. Our tour guide was nice, pleasant and fun to chat with. The tour was extremely well planned and organised. I had a blast and would highly recommend for anyone looking for a day of fun in and around Auckland!

So fun! Pushed some members of the family outside their comfort zone, but the guides were right there every step of the way, making sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time. It was excellent!!!

Enjoy the clear explanation from our guide and patience to explain everything about limestone cave and glow worm.

We were the only ones on our tour. The guides were great! Couldn't have asked for a better tour!

Alex and Rosie were amazing guides. such an wonderful experience!