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.

Tour Times:

  • Regular tours run at 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 4-14
  • Infants under 4 receive free admission
  • No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the cave
  • Please note: Aranui Cave does not have wheelchair access and is therefore not suitable for visitors with mobility problems
  • All photography is strictly forbidden. This includes non-flash photography and video

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
Aranui Cave Tour

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.

Tour Times:

  • Regular tours run at 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 4-14
  • Infants under 4 receive free admission
  • No smoking, food, drink or litter are permitted inside the cave
  • Please note: Aranui Cave does not have wheelchair access and is therefore not suitable for visitors with mobility problems
  • All photography is strictly forbidden. This includes non-flash photography and video

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

Note:

  • All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars and include GST
  • If purchase one ticket only – Please email us to arrange it for you (Email address: info@delightfultravelaus.com)
  • Please read the terms and conditions below the website before you purchase
  •  This product  non-refundable once booked
  • Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult (18+) for the duration of the tour

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