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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  • Entry is $50 adult, $23 child but we went in a multi-cave combo (aranui and Waitomo glow worm $74 each adult). Photography permitted. We had a brilliant guide, an older gentleman called Alex who was c...  more »
  • booked as a combo tour ...very visually stunning...physical activity is required if travelling with kids as there are a lot of steps....guide was very good. Lots of photo ops ...good lighting ...and t...  more »
  • the Aranui caves are much more impressive than those visited a few kilometers before (Glowworm caves). these caves discovered by a Hunter in 1907 memory are majestic and we can see some stalagtites with over 500,000 years of seniority. There is very little things. This visit is advisable because it is made by specific appointment and few people can enter at the same time. the visit lasts about 50 minutes.
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  • 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.