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 wetas 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.
As such, it occupies a very special place in the hearts of the people of the Waitomo district. Visit soon to see the richly varied cave formations within close-up view and enjoy an experience you will never forget.
- Tours depart daily at: 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm (bookings are essential).
- Tours are approximately 1 hour in duration.
- Includes additional 15 minute guided bush walk
- Learn about New Zealand native trees and plants
- Described by many as one of Waitomo's most spectacular caves
- Catch a glimpse of the cave dwelling weta