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. Take a look at our Waitomo Caves itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Ruakuri Walk and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • If you have 45 mins - 1 hr to spare and want to enjoy a great walk, with the chances of seeing some Cave entrances and streams, amidst mostly tree covered walking trail, then definitely go for this wa...  more »
  • We did this totally spontaneous walk at night, which was recommended by locals. No preparation, no booking, no special equipment needed except a torch! The track is easy to find and once you are on th...  more »
  • Worth booking through 'Spellbound' as this walk is integral to the Glow-worm cave experience. Interesting geological phenomena at the end of the walk.  more »