Guided tour

Aranui Cave 1-Hour Guided Tour

4.6 / 5

10 reviews

Activity provider: THL - Waitomo Caves Group

Aranui Cave 1-Hour Guided Tour

Activity provider: THL - Waitomo Caves Group

From US$ 34.22 per person

Discover Aranui Cave on a 1-hour walking tour to marvel at its unique rock formations, colony of cave wetas, and natural setting at the heart of the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve.

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Duration 1 hour
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Audio guide included


  • Explore the beautifully delicate formations in Aranui Cave, the smallest of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Reflect on the wonders of nature as you discover unique rock formations and native wildlife
  • Learn the fascinating Maori history and geology of the cave from a knowledgeable local guide
Full description
Explore the ancient cave formations, high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites of Aranui Cave, one of Waitomo’s best kept secrets, on a guided walking tour. Set in the forest of the Ruakuri scenic reserve and just a 5 minute drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend. It has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. Departing from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, your tour is led by an experienced guide who will bring the history, features and legends of the cave to life with their storytelling. Enter the cave and walk along safe boardwalks into narrow chambers. Discover the colony of cave weta, large insects unique to New Zealand, just inside the entrance.  Further into the cave you will discover the spectacular high chambers, magnificent limestone formations and the pale brown, pink and white shades of the huge stalactites. Tour groups are small to provide you with an up-close and personal encounter with nature and some magical memories to take away.
  • Entry fees
  • 1-hour walking tour
  • Local guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    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

    Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo, New Zealand

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Tours are approximately 1 hour in duration and include an additional 15 minute guided bush walk
    • 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 Aranui Cave
    • There is no wheelchair access at Aranui Cave and is therefore not suitable for visitors with mobility problems
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 10 reviews

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    Lovely to be in a group of just us (myself and 2 grandchildren). Richard interacted really well with us, and was extremely knowledgeable and kind.

    February 1, 2022

    really enjoyed this experience, was well worth the trip, would recommend this to everyone to do

    January 8, 2022

    We loved the whole experience and was impressed with our guide.

    January 3, 2020

    Product ID: 122298