Aranui Cave Tour
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Aranui Cave Tour

1 h
About this activity
Discover the stunning stalactites and stalagmites in the mystical Aranui Cave and learn the myths and legends that surround it

The Aranui Cave is the smallest out of Waitomo’s three main caves; it is also the most delicate meaning that you have the chance to see the stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and other limestone formations up close. It got its name from Ruruku Aranui, who was a local Maori that first discovered the cave over 100 years ago. Along your tour you’ll also learn about the role this cave plays in Maori legend and myths. Being a dry cave, there are very few signs of life inside the cave. However, wetas dwell at the entrance, these are distinct insects only found in New Zealand and have existed since the dinosaur age! There is also lush life in the rainforest surrounding the cave where you’ll have to chance to have a quick tour of with your guide.

  • Discover the stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations of Aranui Caves
  • Encounter the Cave Wetas insects that are unique to New Zealand
  • Learn about the Maori myths and legends surrounding this delicate and dry cave from your guide
  • Take a 15 minute guided bush walk in the lush rainforest surrounding the Aranui Caves

How To Get There

  • Meeting point address: 585 Waitomo Village Road (formerly Waitomo Caves Road), Waitomo Caves
  • How to get there: 2.5 hour (200km) drive from Auckland, 2 hour drive from Rotorua


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking’s availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
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