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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  • we had a recommendation to visit during night to see the glow worms for free. The walk at night night is oloy a few minutes and lots of glow worms. Park in parkin area B and once on the trail you star...  more »
  • Arrive just before sunset and walk in from the car park. As soon as the gorge gets dark the entire place is covered in glow worms- the trees, the rock walls, everything!  more »
  • The owner of the B&B we stayed at in Waitomo told us about this walk. Head down to the Carpark right at dusk and walk out past the Bridge and there are glow worms everywhere! Very cool. Nice wide easy...  more »