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Aranui Cave

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Address: 39 Waitomo Caves Road | Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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09:00 - 17:00
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The limestone features within this cave are really quite stunning , as is the cave itself . No glow worms , just spectacular caverns , stalactites , stalagmites and flow stones in... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2016
Jim J
Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand
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67 reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

The limestone features within this cave are really quite stunning , as is the cave itself . No glow worms , just spectacular caverns , stalactites , stalagmites and flow stones in a surprising range of colours .. Well worth seeing

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

It all depends on what you're looking for, glow worms (go elsewhere), stalagmites & stalactites, this is the cave you want. Rainy days, no worries, smaller tour groups, was great, we had 4 people in our group & 1 fantastic, funny tour guy TREVOR. Kept us laughing, amused & educated. We didn't feel rushed, could take all the pics we... More 

Thank anklecracker
Culburra Beach, Australia
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016

This cave is of epic proportion , nice small groups tours with excellent photographs of stalagmites etc. Highly recommended cave to see

Thank nosurf
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

This cave was so awesome. 100x better than the main glow worm cave. So relaxed and you could take lots of photos. I would recommend this cave.......

Thank Ash S
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

We paid for our tour as part of a 3 cave "combo" package (+ caves museum entrance) for 95 NZD - very good value for money. By the time we arrived for the Aranui cave tour we had already visited the Glowworm cave and nearby Ruakuri cave and were not expecting to see anything new. How wrong we were! We... More 

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Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Great experience and great tour guide. Funny bloke and very knowledgeable like a walking wikipedia. Rock formations looked very interesting, but got better the deeper you got. Bring a jumper if you're not used to the cold because it can get quite chilly. Worth the visit!

Thank Crikeyacroc
Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016

We got there early to have breakfast at the café before our cave tour but they were not set up for breakfast and only had one breakfast type food to eat. Our cave trip went well and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank iamtullahlula
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Of the three Waitomo district caves, Aranui has the most impressive formations. It also has the most relaxed tour with plenty of time for taking breathtaking photos. The tour starts with a short but energetic climb. Once you arrive at the top, you are welcomed with the brightest limestone beauty which continues throughout the walk. Excellent package deals that combine... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

The whole family loved this - an awesome experience for the kids. Our guide Justice, was great! Funny & informative. Well worth the trip - well done waitomo!

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Ventura, California
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187 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

While in Waitomo we visited all the caverns we could and also the glow worm caves with excellent guides. It is a must do experience if in the area. There's a cafe/restaurant on premise and each cavern/cave is unique. We've been to the Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio, Texas as well as the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico (the... More 

Thank John S

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