Ruakuri Walk

Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Caves: Address, Phone Number, Ruakuri Walk Reviews: 5/5

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WCOB
Paekakariki, New Zealand367 contributions
Bliss
May 2021 • Solo
I completed the loop before my visit to the Ruakuri cave. It's an easy walk and being the only person in the lovely bush was paradise. Definitely worth the time and effort.
Written May 9, 2021
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand16,786 contributions
Caves and Tunnels
Apr. 2021
If you were wanting to do the bushwalk then it would be better to park in carpark B since it is right outside the starting point. The carpark is also where the Waitomo Walkway ends. The bushwalk is free and not very difficult. It goes around a couple of loops so you end up back in the carpark.
Follow the signs to the natural tunnel viewing platform. There were a few caves on the side of the trail which was accessible. The caves have lots of stalagmites and stalactites as well as cave wetas. It is advisable to have a torch if you go in since it is quite dark. There are also quite a few tunnels along the path which makes the walk very interesting. The walls of the cliffs look like they were man-made and formed from bricks. It was great waving around the caves as well as being over the stream and rivers. The viewing platform itself looked out into a large cave. You can also spot a few glowworms residing in the roof crevices.
It was a really enjoyable walk which has a bit of everything. Worth a stop if you are in the area for some fresh air and beautiful sights.
Written May 4, 2021
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Pippin Stubbs
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand9 contributions
beautiful short walk
Apr. 2021
full of fun tunnels for kids and adults alike to play in, a beautiful walk through native NZ bush in an area full of caves and streamways. an awesome stop if your in area or even worth a day trip to see the local sites
Written April 15, 2021
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Keely
Waitomo District, New Zealand10 contributions
Amazing! So worth the time!
Jun. 2020
Such an epic bush walk, includes everything you could want, running water, native bird life, caves! even glow worms if you go at night, very cruisy, a few lots of stairs involves but nothing too exasperating. Just head to the car park at the bottom of the hill with the Ruakuri reserve sign and go under the shelter to the left! :) Can often get confused wioth the Waitomo Walkway
Written April 15, 2021
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand1,847 contributions
A definite walk not to miss
Mar. 2021
This is a really magic walk, one of the best I have ever had the good fortune to hike. There are amazing limestone caverns and gorges to see and walk through. The area is bush covered and paths are extremely well maintained and easy to traverse.
Written March 3, 2021
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ukfminnz
Palmerston North12 contributions
Wonderful short walk
Jan. 2021 • Family
If you're visiting other activities in the area, you should try to find time for this free short walk, if you can. Lots of interesting things to see and really atmospheric. We walked it in daytime but heard it's do-able at night and is really magical.
Written January 2, 2021
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Hayley R
Thames, New Zealand16 contributions
Wow
Nov. 2020 • Family
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 disappointed.
Our guide, Mitch, was great and was really good with our kids (ages 14 and 12). He was informative and fun.
Definitely worth the visit
Written November 1, 2020
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Shona R
Feilding, New Zealand42 contributions
Day and Night Walk
Oct. 2020
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.
Written October 19, 2020
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Jacqui P
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand75 contributions
Free cave and fun for kids
Sep. 2020 • Family
My kids aren't especially keen on bush walks but I make them do them anyway because I'm a mean, awful mother. Mooohahahaha!! For kids like mine this is a great walk because it's short, easy, and has plenty of things to see and do. A bridge, a dark hole with a river coming out that you can get super close to, steps (lol, no one likes those), the track goes through a cave!!!!!!!!

Good for prams/wheelchairs up to the stairs too.
Written September 20, 2020
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Joy B
Auckland, New Zealand41 contributions
Lovely walk, where you can see a few glow worms at night too
Jul. 2020
Beautiful natural walk for all abilities. Recommend doing the walk both in the daytime and at night.
Written July 21, 2020
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