Aranui Cave

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39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo, Waitomo Caves
Months of operation
All Year
Phone number
+64 7 878 8228
Free phone number
0800 456 922
Experience the magnificent Aranui Cave, set within a natural forest reserve in Waitomo. Explore the ancient cave formations, high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites. Get off the beaten track & discover one of Waitomo's best-kept secrets.
​​Aranui Cave is set in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, 5 minutes drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It is named after Ruruku Aranui, the local Maori man who first discovered this previously hidden gem back in 1910. Aranui Cave has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. As a dry cave without a river running through it, it houses very little life past its entrance. However, just inside the entrance is a colony of native New Zealand cave weta and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations. Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend.
$61 (Adult)
$28 (Child)
Proximity to Airport:
67km to Hamilton Airport.
Proximity to Town:
67km to Hamilton.
Activity Duration:
Tours are approximately 1 hour in duration.
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