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!

​​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.

Facilities and Services

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$50 (Adult)
(December 1 - May 1)
$23 (Child, 14 and under))

Availability

Business Hours
9.00am - 4.00pm 7 days a week, closed Christmas day
Months of Operation
All Year

Distances

Proximity To Airport
67km
Proximity To Town
67km

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