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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  • Slight up hill walk to the cave entrance and what starts off as being an ok experience gets better with every step you take in. Our guide Eric was excellent and allowed plenty of time for photos. Was ...  more »
  • Of the three caves of Waitomo, this is which gets less prominence. The tour is only made in Group and a local guide. It has a duration of 45 min and costs NZ$ 50. If you buy the ticket combined with the rest of caves, comes much cheaper and worth seeing all three because each one has its peculiarity.
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  • This cave offers compared to the others, although no fireflies caves, but a tour of this cave system is quite interesting. The tour was Maori, who had told a little about the history and nature of one. Without this additional information you could save this tour but, since the caves all are similar.
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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.