Waitomo Trail Run

Set your stop watch – the fourth annual Waitomo Trail Run will be held on the 13th of April 2019!

​Please find all race details on the official Waitomo Trail Run website here.​

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​Please find all race details on the official Waitomo Trail Run website here.​

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Race day 13 April 2019. Entries open soon.
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Premium Breakfast Combo

Discover the magic of Waitomo like no one else on this exclusive breakfast tour.

​You tour includes an exclusive morning tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. With no other tours to distract you, you can enjoy this natural wonder all to yourselves. Be welcomed to the area by a decedent of the Maori Chief who originally explored the cave. Finish off your tour with a traditional kiwi breakfast with a Maori spin with a stunning native forest backdrop.

​WGC & Premium Breakfast TourPrice
Adult ticket​
Child ticket​
$89.00
$49.00

Booking Conditions

  • Rates are in NZD and are valid from 1st October 2018 - 30th September 2019 and are inclusive of 15% GST.
  • Child prices are for 4 -14 years old inclusive (proof may be required).
  • Theatre is included with all cave tickets shown above.
  • Sorry, cameras and GoPro's can't be taken on this tour.  ​
  • Tour subject to availability.​
  • 15% off gift-store voucher applies to the Waitomo Glowworm Cave gift-store only.​
  • It must be redeemed on day of tour and cannot be used for food, drink or products on sale. ​​

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Tour Sunday 21 October 8:30am – 10:00am. Allow 1.5 hours.
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Adult ticket$89
Child ticket$49

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Black Labyrinth - Wet Hair Deal

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Adult ticket$173.50
Child ticket$137
Family ticket$539

Black Abyss - Wet Hair Deal

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Adult ticket$281.5

Aranui Cave - Winter Specials

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Adult ticket$45
Child ticket$21

Ruakuri Cave - Winter Specials

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Adult ticket$67
Child ticket$26

Most Popular Cave Combo with Free Aranui - School Holiday Deal

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Adult ticket$94
Child ticket$35
Family ticket$204
Extra Child ticket$21

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Cave and Canopy Combo

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Your package includes:

​Rotorua Can​opy Tour: ​​

Go on the trip of a lifetime through a long forgotten ancient forest. Move through the forest on ziplines, swing bridges and walking trails, while classic kiwi guides bring the environment to life. You’ll also learn about and contribute to an extensive predator control programme to restore this magical environment to its former beauty.

Black Labyrinth Tour:

The original Waitomo black water rafting tour that will have you exploring and tubing through mysterious Ruakuri Cave. Grab a group of mates, an inner tube, and let’s take you on an unreal underground adventure you will never forget. Learn all about this natural wonder and the work we do to protect the fresh water that makes up our underground river and the native forests that grow above it.​

The Logistics

The drive between Waitomo and Rotorua takes approximately 2 hours through beautiful Waikato countryside. This self-drive combo can be done in either order, and spread across different days, giving you plenty of time to explore both regions at your own pace. Each tour takes 3 hours. The time start you choose will be your Black Water Rafting tour so please take into consideration where you will be starting your adventure from.

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Black Labyrinth Tour Booking Conditions:

  • Tours are subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • Black Labyrinth has a maximum of 12 people per trip.
  • Prices and times are valid until 31st March 2019 and are subject to change without n​oti​​​ce.​
  • Sorry, cameras and GoPro's can't be taken on this tour.

Canopy Tour Booking Conditions:

  • ​Maximum weight 120kg
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions except high winds and electrical storms. The forest is at its most beautiful during rain.
  • Rotorua Canopy Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour due to weather conditions, hazard identification, and events beyond our control that will interfere with the safe operation of the business. Customers affected will be offered alternative tour times or full refunds. 

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. Black Labyrinth: Summer departures are every 30 minutes from 7am. Book now to see available times. Rotorua Canopy Tour: Summer departures are every 45 minutes from 7:45am. Allow 3 hours for each tour.
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Adult ticket$252

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Black Water Rafting Deals

Black Water Rafting Deals

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Triple Cave Combo

Glowworm Cave + Ruakuri Cave + Aranui Cave

​​Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Allow 45 minutes

Ruakuri Cave: Allow 2 hours

Aranui Cave: Allow 45 minutes

Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave tour times must be pre-booked, however tours run through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves throughout the day (during opening hours).

You must all check in 30 minutes prior to departure on this tour.

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​Triple Cave ComboRegular PriceCombo Price
Adults$182​​$100
Children$78 $46
Family Pass (2 adults / 2 children)$448​ $221

Booking Conditions

  • Valid from 1st October 2018 - 30th September 2019.
  • *Family pass is 2 adults and 2 children. Extra child available to add to add to family pass.
  • Child prices are for 4-14 years old inclusive (proof may be required).​
  • Theatre is included with all cave tickets shown above.
  • Discount is not valid with any other promotion. Saving is on individual cave prices versus combo prices.
  • Prices and tour times are subject to change without notice.
  • Tours are subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • ​"3 of the Best" Triple Cave Combo includes guided tours of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave.
  • Child age is 4-14 years inclusive. Children under 4 are free.
  • While children (infants) under 4 are free, you will need to add them to your total booking number requirements to secure their position on the tour.​​​
  • No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the caves.
  • Photography and video are not permitted inside the waitomo Glowworm Caves, but is allowed in the Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave.
  • Management reserve the right to refuse entry to the caves.

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Enquire at booking. Allow 4-5 hours.
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Adult ticket$100
Child ticket$46
Family ticket$221
Extra Child ticket$32

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Twin Cave Combo

Glowworm Cave + Aranui Cave

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Allow 45 minutes

Aranui Cave: Allow 45 minutes

Aranui Cave tour times must be pre-booked, however tours run through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves during opening hours.

You must all check in 30 minutes prior to departure on this tour.

​Twin Cave ComboRegular PriceCombo Price
Adults$106$79
Child$48​​ $35
Family Pass (2 adults / 2 children)$262 $169

Booking Conditions

  • ​Valid from 1st October 2018 - 30th September 2019.
  • Tours are subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • Combo includes guided tours of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Aranui Cave.
  • Child age is 4-14 years inclusive. Children under 4 are free.
  • While children (infants) under 4 are free, you will need to add them to your total booking number requirements to secure their position on the tour.​​
  • Family Pass is for 2 adults and 2 children. Additional children can be added at a reduced rate.
  • No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the caves.
  • Photography and video are not permitted inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, but is allowed in the Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Caves. 
  • Management reserve the right to refuse entry to the caves.

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Enquire at booking. Allow 2 hours.
Pricing Regular Price
Adult ticket$79
Child ticket$35
Family ticket$169
Extra Child ticket$21

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Most Popular Combo

Glowworm Cave + Ruakuri Cave

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Allow 45 minutes
Ruakuri Cave: Allow 2 hours

Ruakuri Cave tour times must be pre-booked, however, tours run every half hour through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves during opening hours.

You must all check in 30 minutes prior to departure on this tour.

​Most Popular ComboRegular PriceCombo Price
Adults$129$94
Children​$54$35
Family Pass(2 adults/2 children*)$317$204

Booking Conditions

  • Valid from 1st October 2018 - 30th September 2019.
  • *Family pass is 2 adults and 2 children, with extra child available to add to family pass
  • Child prices are for 4-14 years old inclusive (proof may be required). Children under 4 years of age are free.
  • Theatre is included with all cave tickets shown above.
  • Discount is not valid with any other promotion.
  • Saving is on individual cave prices versus combo prices.
  • Prices and tour times are subject to change without notice.
  • Tours are subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • ​"3 of the Best" Triple Cave Combo includes guided tours of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave.
  • Child age is 4-14 years inclusive. Children under 4 are free.
  • While children (infants) under 4 are free, you will need to add them to your total booking number requirements to secure their position on the tour.​​​
  • No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the caves.
  • Photography and video are not permitted inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, but is allowed in the Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave.
  • Management reserve the right to refuse entry to the caves.

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Enquire at booking. Allow 3 hours
Pricing Regular Price
Adult ticket$94
Child ticket$35
Family ticket$204
Extra Child ticket$21

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Aranui Cave

ARANUI CAVE GUIDED TOUR

DISCOVER NATURE'S INTERIOR DECORATIONS

A guide will take you along safe boardwalks into narrow chambers to see the finest cave formations of all the caves in Waitomo. The high chambers, magnificent limestone formations and the pale brown, pink and white shades of the huge stalactites in the Aranui Cave are truly spectacular.

CAVE WETA

Cave Weta
New Zealand Cave Weta
- Aranui Cave

Just inside the entrance to Aranui Cave is a colony of cave weta - large insects unique to New Zealand, which date back to the dinosaur age.  Wetas are closely related to the cricket and locust and the word literally translates from Maori as the 'ugly one' or the spiny one. 

Cave wetas differ from other wetas in the size of their limbs and antennae, in relation to their bodies.

They have very long legs and antennae, to help them find their way around their dark habitat.

They do have eyes but these are only really used to avoid light. Leaving the Aranui Cave at night they will forage on the forest floor for food. If there is a full moon, they will not leave the shelter of the cave as there is too much light.

Tour Departures

Hours of Operation:

  • Aranui Cave is open 364 days per year and is closed Christmas Day (25 December).

Additional Tour Information:

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket.
  • Please note: Aranui Cave does not have wheelchair access and is therefore not suitable for visitors with mobility problems.Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair friendly.
  • You're welcome to bring cameras & GoPro's on this tour.
  • You must all check in 30 minutes prior to departure on this tour.

HISTORY OF ARANUI CAVE

DISCOVER NATURE'S INTERIOR DECORATIONS

In November 1910, a young Maori, Ruruku Aranui was chasing wild pigs that had strayed into a local reserve. His dog chased a pig down a steep hill and the pig suddenly disappeared and so too did the dog.

The dogs barking led Ruruku to a small hole in the side of the hill. He then crawled inside and with a match found them both in a high chamber that continued into the darkness. Ruruku Aranui went to Waitomo and told the manager in charge of the caves. They both then re-entered the caves exploring it further, absolutely fascinated by its great beauty.

Aranui main entrance
Aranui Cave

The discovery of a new cave in Waitomo caused much excitement around the country.  The cave was much easier to develop than the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and in just over a year it was ready for tours. 

In February 1911, there was an official opening by the Minister of Tourism.  Originally the cave was to be called Ngutuhihi (the beak of the stitch-bird), but because pronunciation was difficult, it was decided by the Minister to name it Aranui Cave.

Aranui Cave is one of the most richly decorated caves in Waitomo.  There is very little of the ceiling in this cave that has not been decorated by the dripping water.

Booking Conditions

  • Rates are in NZD and are valid from 1st October 2018 - 30th September 2019 and are inclusive of 15% GST.
  • Child prices are for 4 -14 years old inclusive (proof may be required).
  • Children under 4 years of age are free.
  • Theatre is included with all cave tickets shown above.
  • You're welcome to bring cameras & GoPro's on this tour.​
  • While children (infants) under 4 are free, you will need to add them to your total booking number requirements to secure their position on the tour.​

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Departure Times

Regular tours run daily from 9:00am with the last tour at 4pm (bookings are recommended). Allow 1 hour.
Pricing Regular Price
Adult ticket$53
Child ticket$24
Family ticket$131
Extra Child ticket$18

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​Add world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour to your experience for only $26 Adult, $11 Child, or $38 for a family pass​

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