Guided tour

Waitomo: Ruakuri Cave 1.5 Hour Guided Tour

Guided tour

Waitomo: Ruakuri Cave 1.5 Hour Guided Tour

Activity provider: THL - Waitomo Caves Group
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From US$ 53.97 per person

Likely to sell out

Discover the spectacular Ruakuri Cave, the longest of Waitomo’s underground caves, on a 1.5-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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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 locals whose parents and grandparents have guided in the caves. The experience will leave you awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.

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  • 90-minute walking tour
  • Local guide

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    Meeting point

    Ruakuri Cave is situated in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Waitomo. Waitomo Glowworm Caves are just over 2 hours south of Auckland, 1 hour south of Hamilton, and 2 hours west of Rotorua. There is plenty of free outdoor parking at the Ruakuri Information Centre.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Jacket

    Know before you go

    • If you are late or miss your scheduled tour time your ticket(s) are forfeited and non-refundable. New bookings will incur the full tour cost and due to high demand and limited capacity tours are subject to availability
    • Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave
    • Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair and pushchair (stroller) access
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 251 reviews

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    Our guide was exceptional and really enjoyed teaching us, entertaining us with interesting stories and even voluntarily taking our pictures in the cave which he did a great job at. He allowed me extra time to take all of the photos that i wanted which is why we took this tour rather than Waitomo. The cave was also very pretty as well as getting to see the Glow-worms, their webs hanging down, and the actual worm itself. The information he gave was fascinating. This exceeded my expectations and was well worth the money. The group was a manageable size of I think 16 people.

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    March 25, 2023

    I had made this reservation months ago and didn't recall that I made it for Ruakuri Cave and not Waitamo Glow Worm Cave. So when I checked in, I asked if I could switch but there was no availability. Well, this ended up being just fabulous! This cave was beautiful, with many gorgeous formations, and yes, it did have many glow worms too! Zack, our guide, was humorous and informative and respectful to those who came before to this land. Very worthwhile tour!!

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    March 25, 2023

    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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    March 25, 2023

    Product ID: 122304