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Ruakuri Cave guided tour


Ruakuri, or 'den of dogs' as it literally translates into the English language, was first discovered by local Maori between 400 and 500 years ago. It takes its name from the wild dogs that made their home in the cave entrance.

Newly reopened after an interval of 18 years, Ruakuri cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. In any one sightseeing tour, your guide will bring you up close to glowworms, elaborate cave formations, underground rivers, myths, legends and sacred Maori sites.

Your journey begins at The Long Black Cafe where your guide will meet you. From there you will be transported to Ruakuri Cave, where you will enter and begin a spiral descent from ground level via an incredible drum entrance and walkway. You then continue on a 1.6 kilometre guided tour underground. Ruakuri is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed. It will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.


1 day

    • Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket.
  • Day 1 : Ruakuri
    Tours of Ruakuri Cave take around two hours and offer Waitomo's longest guided walking tour along 1.6km of cave passages where visitors marvel at the interesting formations in this living work of nature.
    Meals :None

  • Tours depart daily at 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm.
    Tour is approximately 2 hours (1hr 30 mins underground)
    Bookings are essential as numbers on each tour are restricted to 15 people.



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Organised by Waitomo Group

Activity ID: W-1226

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