Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Caves

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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 booked the first morning excursion on a rainy day in the month of September. To our surprise we were the only visitors on that turn, so the 3 plus the guide opened the cave and visited it totally alone. The cave is spectacular, where you can also see glowworm. The visit lasted just over 1h, and we were able to visit it at our air with the explanations of the guide. Overall it was a great experience. This visit was made on the same day that we visited the other caves where you can see more glowworm. The "combo" ticket that allows you to see the two caves at a more reasonable price is highly recommended.
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  • Mostly because we were finally allowed to take pictures inside the cave! We took plenty pictures of the glowy worms, stalactites, stalagmites, and many more. Here, again, backpack was not allowed. It ...  more »
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