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What people are saying about Ruakuri Cave
This tour was brilliant. The glow worms were an amazing sight to behold. The guides had a funny way of telling you about their life cycle It was cute. The tour involves getting into full wet suit gear- this can be restrictive if you have weight issues BUT they do have them in larger sizes (I know) We went into the cave, and it’s really large tunnel system, through a very small opening. The guides took lots of photos throughout our day. There are 3 “drops” or backward jumps you can do for the thrill of it. From the sounds of laughter everyone loved it. The guides were very encouraging with me but very compassionate when I couldn’t do it. So I just climbed in. But if you can, you should “let go” and enjoy. There are times you travel through caverns were the ceiling is a few inches from your nose this is the time to lie back chill. I was lucky to be on the back of the floating chain when you float single file and our guide was singing so it was very special. Ask for Max and Luke.
The first thing to mention is that you need to take your booking receipt to the meeting point location that is the entrance office were the tour starts. It is up a long small road so trust your satnav as you may think you are lost. Each tour has a maximum of 18 people and you do need to be there earlier than the start time. They have 2 WCs at the office and none in the caves so go before you start the tour that last about 90 minutes. Parking is free and I did not fine the temperature in the cave to cold.
Outstanding experience, way above expectations! The guides Ash and Helen were fantastic, enthusiastic and took excellent care of the whole group. We had a blast! I HIGHLY recommend this experience, and I can’t wait to come back for another one! Everything was safe and the amazement of the glowworms has to be witnessed, pictures don’t do justice.
Well organized and informative. Just wish the suits had been dry. They would have been easier to put on. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The add should have included the amount of climbing over rocks and the limited time floating. We all enjoyed it all, but it was a challenge!
We thought we new a lot about the caves when actually we didn’t. Great experience. With no tourists in NZ it was lovely for us to be the tourist. Our guild knew his stuff about the cave he spoke as if it was his own cave which shows me he has so much respect for it.