Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away.
Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flow into delicate shawl-like formations.
Nearby, at the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, thousands of tiny glow worms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. You'll also see a deep limestone shaft and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless.
Take a journey through the forest to magnificent Aranui Cave. With a natural cave entrance, it is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. Take pictures of the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.
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).