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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 15 November 2016

Went there as part of a package with the glowworm cage. There are way less tourists and therefore you have much more time to explore the cave and take pictures and ask questions etc. Our tour guide sang a maori song in the cathedral to...More

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Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us and we are glad that you enjoyed our amazing singing guides! Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again.

Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is a dry cave, so no glow worms, but still is a beautiful cave. If you're only here for glow worms, though, be forewarned.

Thank Tom M
Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Kia Ora Tom, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 26 September 2016

We chose this tour with Black water rafting co. As it was a bit shorter than the main cave tour and we had our little kids with us. We combined it with a glow worm tour. We did Aranui first so we hadn't heard the...More

Thank Heiwey
Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Kia Ora and thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We apologise that you felt the guides and service wasn't up to standard and we will pass on your feedback to ensure a great experience for future visitors. We are glad you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 18 September 2016

Of all the Waitomo Caves, Aranui has most secrets to yield. The story of its discovery is a romance in itself. No river, so no glowworms. It is a fairly narrow cave, so groups tend to be small, which is a distinct advantage. However, the...More

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Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Call Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Kia Ora, thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again. We do agree the Ruakuri bush walk is a must do if time permits!

Reviewed 30 August 2016

Amazing place to see cave formations up close. So middle earth feeling. Limited numbers to great small group to tour with.

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Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Call Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Kia Ora Janine, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 21 August 2016

When you first enter Aranui Cave, you're greeted by large wetas (grasshoppers). I'm not a fan of insects, but they stick to the walls so it's not like you have to worry about them hopping onto you. The formations made by the stalactites and stalagmites...More

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Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Call Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review for us. We are glad that you enjoyed the tour and will pass on your praises to your tour guide. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 8 August 2016

Our guided tour stopped by the cave on the way to Aukland and it was well worth it. The guides were very informative and the views throughout were fascinating.

Thank bigaps
Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review for us, it makes us happy that you enjoyed your experience and we will definitely pass your praises on to the guides. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

It was very cool to get to see the inside of a cave! We are from the prairies of Canada so you can imagine this was a pretty unique experience for us! We were looking forward to it and we were not disappointed! Our guide...More

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Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Pretty cool to see the giant cave wetas hanging out at the entrance to the cave. We had a great guide that showed us the various features of the cave. Not as amazing as the glowworm cave but we did it as the two pack....More

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Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves and are glad that you got to visit two of our caves, they all have their qualities! Thank you...More

Reviewed 27 July 2016

Visit this cave as one cave out of a packaged tour of 3 caves. It is winter and we are on the first tour at 9:30am. So it turned out to be a private tour for me and my wife. It is not a particular...More

Thank Alex W
Discover_Waitomo, Discover Waitomo Contact Centre at Aranui Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves and are glad that you got to visit all 3. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see...More

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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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