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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  • We choose this trip because it gave an opportunity to photograph glow worms and the cave features. It did not disappoint, unlike the Waitomo Caves Hotel, but that's another story. Our guide was...  more »
  • We bought a package with Ruakuri Cave and the Waitomo Glow Worm Cave (the one with the boat ride). Ruakuri is spectacular! The guide takes the group on a slow walk down through the cave with stops...  more »

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