Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Caves

4.8
#4 of 38 in Trails in Waikato Region
Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Explore the verdant forest and limestone walls of Ruakuri Walk, a place of strong spiritual and cultural significance to the Maori. Follow the Ruakuri walk, a looping trail that leads you through rocky outcroppings and flourishing forest. The highlight is the vast Ruakuri natural tunnel, into which the Waitomo stream flows--look up at the dangling stalactites hanging from the high ceiling, and down at the stalagmites reaching up from below. At night, see the cave walls lit up by thousands of glowworms, but keep a respectful distance as touching them will kill them. For more in-depth appreciation of the surroundings, opt for a guided tour, which takes you through Aranui and Ruakuri caves. The local ecosystem supports native birds such as kereru, tui, piwakawaka, and tauhou; kareareas (New Zealand falcons) are often seen and heard from the parking lot. While the walk is relatively easy, do bring a flashlight or headlamp to help you navigate steps inside the caves. To plan Waitomo Caves vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • What an amazing place! We visited Waitomo Caves first which was amazing but in a different way to this place. The circular entrance way is incredible and once inside the caves you won't be...  more »
  • Bush walk which includes waterfalls, some steps and climbing through a cave. We did this walk during the day, then went back at night with torches to see the glow worms.  more »

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