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Aranui Cave

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39 Waitomo Caves Road | Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide was lovely and walked us through at an easy, unhurried pace. The formations are beautiful and it really is something to see. I did the 3 cave combo- Waitomo glow caves, Aranui and Ruakuri. There is something to get out of each,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Emily S
Discover_Waitomo, contact centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora, thanks for taking the time to review us. Our caves are open to all ages so everyone can experience the unique beauty of the caves. However unfortunately there were some unsettled children in your group, this can be unavoidable at times. We will...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide, Devon, rocked up five minutes late, walked us to the entrance and told us he was basically going to let us walk through and back again with minimal interaction with him. He wasn't lying! He didn't tell us anything at all about the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora, I am sorry to hear about your experience, can you please send through your contact details to (aroha.taane@thlonline.com) to discuss your experience with us, thank you!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'd heard that this was a pretty impressive cave. Turns out it wasn't really, certainly a lot less impressive than others around the world.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SpikeB_11
Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre Reservationist at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora, Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear you did not enjoy this tour. Maybe if you intend to visit again, you can try one of our other cave tours or one of our more adventurous tours to get the thrilling experience.

Reviewed 16 September 2018

Go here as well as, or instead of, the other caves. This one is not privately run and it was fantastic. Lovely walk through the ferntrees to get there, see the big wettas (insects) in the first chamber, and take your time on the tour...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Kia ora, thanks for taking the time to place feedback. We hope to see you again

Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Aranui Cave is one of the shorter tours available for a medium sized groups. Our guide Steven seemed a little relaxed at first but turned out to be a cool and resourceful guy. We saw a couple of baby wetas so can hardly count that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Kia ora, Josef thanks for taking the time to place feedback. We are glad your enjoyed many aspects of the Aranui. I will pass your your praise onto your guide Steven. Also we will take on your feedback to ensure a better experience for visitors...More

Reviewed 11 August 2018

This cave is smaller than the Ruakuri cave and has no glow worms but was still worth the visit. There are some great limestone structures to see there and plenty of good photo ops because there is a bit more light. Highly recommend also doing...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Wenona C
Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Kia ora, thanks for the review. We are pleased you enjoyed your time in the Aranui. We hope to see you again

Reviewed 31 July 2018

This was the last of our caves for the day and even though it is smaller than Ruakuri and didn't have the glow worms it was still interesting. Recommend going to all 3 caves so you can really experience the difference in this wonderful underground.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Discover_Waitomo, Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Kia ora, thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We definitely side with you on doing all three caves. Hope to host you again.

Reviewed 29 July 2018

Our Aranui tour (2.30 PM, 11.7.18) guide was 10 minutes late and poorly presented. He seemed bored and his spiel was minimal and with zero flair. Whole trip was about half an hour, instead of the 1 hour allowed on official website. No cave wetas...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ChrisUta
Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Hi , and thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We apologise that you felt the guide and service wasn't up to standard and we will pass on your feedback to ensure a great experience for future visitors. Each of our caves have...More

Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

This cave is smaller than Ruakuri cave but still is as good. The guide makes it interesting. The slower pace gives more photo opportunities. Visit all 3 caves to make the experience complete.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Happy-Fam-Man
Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

Kia ora, thanks for your feedback. We hope to see you again

Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We went to 2/3- not doing the main boat ride Waitomo glowworm cave bit did the other 2. This one was very pretty and lots of formations however if you want the most ‘bang for buck’ the first cave Ruakuri was a lot better and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Discover_Waitomo, contact center at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Hi, thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed some of our caves. We hope to see you again.

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We paid 25 NZ to add this on to our Waitomo cave tour.. Not sure what it would be to just go there
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