Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Caves

4.8
#4 of 40 in Trails in Waikato Region
Explore the verdant forest and limestone walls of Ruakuri Walk, a place of strong spiritual and cultural significance to the Maori. Follow the Ruakuri walk, a looping trail that leads you through rocky outcroppings and flourishing forest. The highlight is the vast Ruakuri natural tunnel, into which the Waitomo stream flows--look up at the dangling stalactites hanging from the high ceiling, and down at the stalagmites reaching up from below. At night, see the cave walls lit up by thousands of glowworms, but keep a respectful distance as touching them will kill them. For more in-depth appreciation of the surroundings, opt for a guided tour, which takes you through Aranui and Ruakuri caves. The local ecosystem supports native birds such as kereru, tui, piwakawaka, and tauhou; kareareas (New Zealand falcons) are often seen and heard from the parking lot. While the walk is relatively easy, do bring a flashlight or headlamp to help you navigate steps inside the caves. To plan Waitomo Caves vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Lovey short walk through beautiful forest with a couple of viewing decks - very well maintained paths, lots of steps  more »
  • The walk was mostly in a forested area with the path running alongside a river. The walk was very enjoyable and you could visit a large cave. My personal highlight was seeing two large pigs wandering....  more »
  • This was quite a lovely self guided walk with the kids . Getting close to nature and walking at your own pace. The kids loved the adventure of exploring the small caves and the paths. Excellent free....  more »

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