Aranui Cave, Otorohanga
(4.5/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
Located in a natural forest reserve, Aranui Cave is filled with marvels and ancient formations. The dry cave represents the smallest of Waitomo's three caves, yet some visitors cite it as the most memorable. Just inside the entrance look for a large colony of cave wetas, a passive insect with long antennas. A short walk in rewards visitors with sights of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and high chambers. Experienced tour guides lead visitors safely through the cave while offering plenty of information on the attraction. Use our Otorohanga tour planner to add Aranui Cave and other attractions to your Otorohanga vacation plans.
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TripAdvisor
  • Went there as part of a package with the glowworm cage. There are way less tourists and therefore you have much more time to explore the cave and take pictures and ask questions etc. Our tour guide sa...  more »
  • This is a dry cave, so no glow worms, but still is a beautiful cave. If you're only here for glow worms, though, be forewarned. 
  • We chose this tour with Black water rafting co. As it was a bit shorter than the main cave tour and we had our little kids with us. We combined it with a glow worm tour. We did Aranui first so we hadn...  more »
Google
  • This review refers to the short trail next door. Don't miss them. A short and informative hike about the history of caves. At night you can see many glowworms around here.
  • This is the smaller of the caves at Waitomo but good value if purchased in the triple pack. Don't pay to see this by itself as it is not good value.
  • Good place to visit if you are in North island.
  • Awesome
  • Worth a visit.