Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Caves

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#2 of 9 in Parks in Waitomo Caves
Embark on an underground adventure at Ruakuri Cave, the only cave in the Southern Hemisphere that has a wheelchair and pushchair access. Listen to the distant roar of subterranean streams and waterfalls as you descend the cleverly designed spiral entrance. Admire the spectacular limestone formations and take pictures of the glowworms. Discovered by local Maori people nearly 500 years ago, the cave served as a sacred burial site before opening to public in 1904. Plan to visit Ruakuri Cave and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Waitomo Caves attractions using our Waitomo Caves journey maker app.
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  • Unfortunately we missed the time for the glow worm caves and they suggested the Ruakuri cave as the next tour. After a short drive from the main ticket office we were just in time. Make sure you...  more »
  • We bought the two part package, because the main boat glow worm tours were full for the morning (we hadn't made reservations). - Best thing that could have happened. The Ruakuri cave tour is great...  more »
  • You MUST do this. Seriously, it's incredible. We visited the caves as part of a combo with the Waitomo Glow Worm caves and while I would recommend both, if you had to chose, Ruakuri provides a much....  more »
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