Aranui Cave

Aranui Cave is a magical encounter with nature – an elaborately decorated cave that is truly ‘Old World’.

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$46.00 - $89.00
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Aranui Cave has the most concentrated display of limestone formations in Waitomo. Your journey begins with a walk through beautiful native bush, before stepping through the other-worldly cave entrance.

It is remarkable for its sheer number of stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. The cave was formed on an earthquake fault, meaning the rain water that creates the limestone crystals enters more readily. As a result, almost every corner of the roof and walls are adorned with fragile, sparkling forms in pale brown, pink and white.

Tours of Aranui Cave are led by experienced guides and tour groups are kept small to provide visitors with an up-close and personal encounter with nature.

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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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