Guided tour

Ruakuri Cave 1.25-Hour Guided Tour

Ruakuri Cave 1.25-Hour Guided Tour

Activity provider: THL - Waitomo Caves Group
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 51.18 per person

Discover the spectacular Ruakuri Cave, the longest of Waitomo’s underground caves, on a 75 minute walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide.

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Duration 75 minutes
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover Waitomo’s longest underground guided walking tour as you explore Ruakuri Cave
  • Marvel at unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glowworms
  • Enjoy an intimate and educational experience on a small group tour
  • Learn the history and geology of the cave from a knowledgeable local guide
Full description
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 local people whose parents and grandparents have guided in the caves. The experience will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.
  • Entry fees
  • 75-minute walking tour
  • Local guide
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    Meeting point

    204 Tumutumu Road, Waitomo 3985, New Zealand.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • A complimentary shuttle bus runs from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves visitor centre to Ruakuri Cave, subject to availability
    • Bookings are essential as numbers on each tour are restricted to 18 people
    • All tours are subject to availability. Pending available time slots, your tour time may be 15-30 minutes before or after the one you have requested
    • Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket
    • Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave
    • Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair and pushchair (stroller) access
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 141 reviews

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    Venue was easy to find and staff were friendly, we did the Ruakuri tour and it was amazing. Touring with a small group makes a huge difference as there isn’t a-lot of room to move at times. Loved the long spiral walk down to the caves, there is limited lighting within the cave and path ways but that made the tour more exciting, make sure you have a good camera as you can not use your camera flash, and trust me you’ll take pics I definitely would recommend this tour to people of all ages and abilities

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    July 20, 2021

    I booked this tour in error. But what an awesome error it was. From the time we arrived until we left it was one amazing thig after another. Pippin was the best Guide. She displayed incredible knowledge. She was really funny and made so sure that everyone was having a good time. 10/10. Will definitely recommend

    November 9, 2020

    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.

    October 16, 2020

    Product ID: 122304