Ruakuri Cave features amazing cave formations and underground secrets. You can enjoy a guided tour on foot, or take part in the more action-packed black water rafting adventures that navigate Ruakuri's underground river.
The Ruakuri Cave's cave tour offers a comprehensive cave experience due to its size and diversity. Winding passageways, vast echoing caverns, deep crevices and the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls bring a different energy and character to Ruakuri Cave. Be led along narrow corridors and across low-lit walkways suspended high above the river, sometimes glimpsing the black water rafters on the Huhunui River below.
Tours of Ruakuri Cave take around two hours and offer Waitomo's longest guided walking tour along 1.6km of cave passages where visitors marvel at the interesting formations in this living work of nature.
Ruakuri Cave's Drum
The spiral entranceway to Ruakuri Cave is a remarkable feat of modern engineering and design.
It is a major feature of the recent redevelopment, providing a dramatic introduction to the cave.
Your guided tour will lead you down the large spiral walkway, taking you gently deeper and deeper into the ground until you reach the bottom, where you will have passed through the specially constructed tunnel called The Drum Entrance and into the cave.