Aranui Cave

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Aranui Cave 1-Hour Guided Tour

1. Aranui Cave 1-Hour Guided Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Aranui Cave

This was the Hugh point of my trip to Nee Zealand. Our guide was amazing. Informational but sensitive to time just being there. Our small group was just 5 people. The cave itself is so gorgeous.

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.

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

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

Knowledgeable Guide "Missy" The spectacle is just amazing.