Aranui Cave

Experience the magnificent Aranui Cave, set within a natural forest reserve. Explore the ancient cave formations, high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites. Get off the beaten track & discover one of Waitomo's best-kept secrets!

$46.00 - $89.00

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Aranui Cave is set in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, 5 minutes drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It is named after Ruruku Aranui, the local Maori man who first discovered this previously hidden gem back in 1910.

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Aranui Cave has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. As a dry cave without a river running through it, it houses very little life past its entrance.
However, just inside the entrance is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.

Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend.


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Physical address

Aranui Cave, 39 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
10.00am - 3.00pm 7 days a week, closed Christmas day
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

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Pricing and Conditions

Adult $46.00 - $89.00
Further pricing information:
ARANUI Adult $46. Child (4-14 yrs inclusive) $21. Child (3 yrs & under) FOC. Family (2 adults / 2 children*) $115. TWO CAVE VISIT – WAITOMO & ARANUI Adult $65. Child (4 -14 yrs inclusive)$29. Child (3 yrs & under)FOC. Family (2 adults / 2 children*) $149. THREE CAVE VISIT – WAITOMO & ARANUI & RUAKURI Adult $89. Child (4 -14 yrs inclusive)$39. Child (3 yrs & under)FOC. Family $115. Reservations must clearly state: The tour reference or client details Specify number of adults/children/preschooler pax The date of visit Time of arrival Method of payment Nationality Conditions of Reservations: Due to cave capacity and operational restrictions, reservations for groups are essential, especially during peak hours 10.00am – 2.00pm). Arriving without a reservation may mean delays for your group. Tours on the hour and half hour are kept free for FIT's. Tour groups can depart at 5 mintue intervals.

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