Aranui Cave

Experience the magnificent Aranui Cave, set within a natural forest reserve in Waitomo. 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.


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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.

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, Waitomo Caves, Waikato, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $55.00
(14 year(s) and under)
Further pricing information:
ARANUI Adult $55 Child (4-14 yrs inclusive) $25 Child (3 yrs & under) FOC. Family (2 adults / 2 children*) $140 TWO CAVE VISIT – WAITOMO & ARANUI Adult $85 Child (4 -14 yrs inclusive) $35 Child (3 yrs & under) FOC Family (2 adults / 2 children*) $180 THREE CAVE VISIT – WAITOMO & ARANUI & RUAKURI Adult $140 Child (4 -14 yrs inclusive) $55 Child (3 yrs & under) FOC Family $250 Reservations must clearly state: The tour reference or client details Specify number of adults/children/preschoolers

Opening times

Business hours:
9.00am - 4.00pm 7 days a week, closed Christmas day
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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