Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Caves

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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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  • Lovely ladies at the Waitomo i-site recommended this short walk and I must say I was really glad I went ahead with this walk. It was a short drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and you will find ple...  more »
  • Highly recommend doing this..away from the crowds...If on a budget you get to see caves, rock formations, and glowworms even in the day...for free!  more »
  • This was a great Cave walk. There are a number of stairs but we didn't have an issue. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and we got to see a lot of cool rock formations and lots of glow worms.  more »

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