Ruakuri Cave

Discover Waitomo's longest underground guided walking tour

According to Maori legend, Ruakuri Cave (‘rua’ meaning den, and ‘kuri’ meaning dog) was first discovered 400-500 years ago by a young Maori hunting for birds. He was attacked by wild dogs just outside the original cave entrance. Re-opened in 2005, this cave is now an amazing example of engineering and natural cave structure.

Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms.

Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed. It will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.

With clever and innovative design, Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair and pushchair access.



Ruakuri Cave



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


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

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    Millions of years in the making, Ruakuri Cave was discovered by local Maori between 400 and 500 years ago. Find out more and discover it for yourself.