Discover the wonder of Ruakuri Cave. See Glowworms right up close in this magical cave. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, marvel at the limestone formations and crystal tapestries in this uniquely sustainable experience (this is a solar powered cave!).
Ruakuri Cave is an experience that must be seen to be believed. Offering a captivating blend of the most compelling subterranean experiences (including glowworms), it will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature. Begin the tour by journeying down through the spectacular, man-made spiral entrance, marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries while listening to the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls. If you want to see glowworms up-close and personal and learn about their fascinating life, then this is the tour for you. Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave, but not in the Waitomo Glowworm Cave.
Major features of the Ruakuri Cave tour include; Holdens Cavern, named after James Holden who first opened the cave to the public, The Drum Passage, The Pretties, and The Ghost Passage.
With clever and innovative design, Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair and pushchair access and both the cave and its visitor centre is proudly powered by 100% renewable energy.
- Ruakuri visitor centre, Tumutumu Road, Waitomo
- +64 7 878 6219
0800 456 922
- Open from 9am daily, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)
- Tours depart daily from 9am with the last tour at 3:30pm. Additional tours available over summer period.
Current departure times:
Open from 9am daily, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)
Tours depart daily from 9am (last tour at 3:30pm) from the Ruakuri Visitor Centre on Tumutumu Road. Allow 1.5 hours. Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure. Additional tours available over summer period.
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Wear a warm jacket
Ruakuri Cave is accessible to everyone and is fully wheelchair and pushchair accessable. Photography and video are permitted in selected areas of the cave.
All you will need are comfortable shoes and a warm jacket.
Yes, there are, you can even grab a selfie with them!
Allow 1.5 hours.
Under 4 year olds go free, but they must be booked to secure a place on the tour.
No, children over the age of 14 will need to be booked as an adult. Proof of age may be required.
Check-in for Ruakuri Cave tours is at the Visitor Centre. Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
Photography and video are permitted in selected areas of the cave.
Two adults and two children.