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Aranui Cave Guided Tour

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Free cancellation
Mobile ticket
1 hr
Guided tour

Discover the history of the Aranui Cave with a guide and learn about Maori mythology.


  • Take a guided tour through the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve to see its magnificent cave, beautiful rock formations, and cave weta colonies.

  • Explore the Maori legends and myths of Aranui Cave with your guide and discover their anecdotes and secrets.

  • Take a stroll at the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve for scenic walks among the native wildlife and an enchanted forest.

  • Get a glimpse of the long, narrow chambers of the Waitomo cave and the high chambers of the Aranui cave, as well as the white, pink, and brown stalactites that adorn this cave.


  • Entry to Cave

  • Guided tour


  • Meal inclusions

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel transfers

  • Personal expenses

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Why Visit Aranui Cave

A magical, mystical place steeped in Maori legend and myth, Aranui Cave is a truly remarkable sight. This previously hidden gem was discovered by a local Maori man in 1910, Ruruku Aranui. Explore Aranui Cave by taking a scenic stroll through an enchanted forest at Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, 5 minutes from the visitor center. The only life inside Aranui Cave is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas found just inside the cave's natural entrance. The cave has no river running through it.

What to Expect On Your Guided Tour

Enter the cave and explore the exquisite interior decorations. The best cave formations are found in Waitomo's narrow chambers, which can only be reached on safe boardwalks. There is nothing quite like the Aranui cave's high chambers, majestic limestone formations, and huge stalactites in shades of brown, pink, and white. This cave system boasts delicate, sparkling forms in pale brown, pink, and white around almost every corner.

Important Information

  • The use of face masks is mandatory for everyone except those who are medically exempt.

  • The tour is not wheelchair accessible.

  • There is no restriction on photography or videography in Aranui Cave.


  • Daily: 10am - 3:30pm (last departure)
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Visitors centre.

  • Address: 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It is a quick 1-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board bus Auckland - Central to get you there.

By Car

  • Take route 'New Zealand State Highway 37' and drive on Waitomo caves road.
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