Aranui Cave, Otorohanga

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 95+ 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Of all the Waitomo Caves, Aranui has most secrets to yield. The story of its discovery is a romance in itself. No river, so no glowworms. It is a fairly narrow cave, so groups tend to be small, which ...  read more »
  • Amazing place to see cave formations up close. So middle earth feeling. Limited numbers to great small group to tour with. 
  • 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.
  • Worth a visit.
  • Gorgeous cave.
  • Amazing view inside the cave
  • A must see
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