Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Caves

4.6
#2 of 9 in Parks in Waitomo Caves
Cave · Nature / Park
Embark on an underground adventure at Ruakuri Cave, the only cave in the Southern Hemisphere that has a wheelchair and pushchair access. Listen to the distant roar of subterranean streams and waterfalls as you descend the cleverly designed spiral entrance. Admire the spectacular limestone formations and take pictures of the glowworms. Discovered by local Maori people nearly 500 years ago, the cave served as a sacred burial site before opening to public in 1904. Plan to visit Ruakuri Cave and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Waitomo Caves attractions using our Waitomo Caves journey maker app.
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  • This tour was absolutely worth every cent and minute! What an amazing experience. The guide was very informative, friendly and helpful! He was great with the children, kept them engaged and...  more »
  • Neat walking tour showing a lot of cool formations and glow worms. Covers a decent area of cave too. Was expecting it to be very commercialised and more aimed at tourists, but this was not the case...  more »

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