Aranui Cave

Waitomo's best kept secret

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

 

Aranui cave

 

 
 
 
  • Aranui cave Tours

    TOUR DETAILS & TIMES

    What, where, how and how much. All the key details about your Aranui Cave tour are here.

  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    What you need to know about our experienced guides, cave formations and guidelines for your visit.

  • HISTORY

    Aranui Cave was discovered in 1910 by local Maori Ruruku Aranui. Read more about its recent history and why it is considered unique amongst the Waitomo caving experiences.