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Great walk, take your valuables

We loved the walk, very beautiful. Unfortunately when we returned to the car park a Maui travel... read more

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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Best free glow worm experience

Excellent evening hike after dinner that leads to a Great glow worm walk after dark. Remember to... read more

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| Off Tumutumu Road, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
+64 7-878 1050
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved the walk, very beautiful. Unfortunately when we returned to the car park a Maui travel van had been broken into. The burglars were two or three guys driving a green Subaru. They threw a large rock through the window of the RV. Fortunately...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent evening hike after dinner that leads to a Great glow worm walk after dark. Remember to keep the flash light dim enough to let you see the walk but not overpower the glow worm. Once you are in the middle of the glow worm...More

Thank TXtraveller168
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a short walk around some of the natural limestone cave and tunnel features of Waitomo. A decent car park at the start of the walk and a bbq area. The walk is about 30 minutes but we spent a couple of hours, stopping...More

1  Thank fionawells7
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Richard, owner of Waitomo Guest Lodge recommended us to do the Ruakuri Walk in the evening. We were provided with flash lights. Within 5 minutes of our walk, we saw a lot of glowworms hanging on the trees, like Christmas lights. We really saw them...More

1  Thank VWCalgary
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Regarded as one of the best short walks in NZ. A 30 minute walk through an area of caves, rivers and rainforest. At night you can also see glowworms there. If you have time you can also hike the waitomo walkway, which has the same...More

1  Thank John W
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We did this walk with family . The sign said 30 mins but we were gone a lot longer. So much to see. There are a lot of steps but the scenery is amazing. The photos don't do it justice. Caves, interesting tunnels, bridges and...More

Thank carlyleclan
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Did this walk early in the morning before any other tourist was turning up. It was a nice 30 minute walk with some natural tunnels to go through and a cave entry. Nice way to start your morning. Glad I was doing it first thing...More

Thank frauke_hitschler
Reviewed 15 September 2018

Caves are surrounded by jungles. Please make sure you have comfortable shoes before going into this walk . This one is free of cost;one can experiences bushes, rocks and caves around the walk

1  Thank TravlQ
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous walk in the forest walking around and through the Caves Network in this valley alot of steps, natural bridges and go inside the top of some caves, raging rivers below, the best walk we did on our trip paired up with The...More

Thank SarjayT
Reviewed 9 September 2018

A well set up and interesting walk through lovely bush, which gives you the chance to experience the river, rocks and caves of the area at your own pace.

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18 August 2018|
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Response from atanu s | Reviewed this property |
Go to Waitomo website. There you have info on Ruakari cave tour
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29 March 2018|
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Response from Christian K | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Roughly 30 mins. 1 hour if you take your time.
29 December 2014|
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Response from Roy R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it took us 2.5 hours from near Auckland airport to the caves. This was in a motorhome and driving steadily.