Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed. It will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.
Your journey begins at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. headquarters where your guide will meet you. From here you will be transported to Ruakuri Cave, where you will enter through the drum entrance down a spiral walkway. A world of mystery and intrigue awaits you. Immerse yourself in the Mana of Ruakuri and discover the spirit that connects the land and people.
Your guided journey will take you deep into the unknown. Crystal cave tapestries will enthrall you in the Drum Passage and as you descend, you will follow the rumbling sound of the Hidden Waterfall to the bridge where the glowworms illuminate this eerie world. Gaze in wonder at stalactite straws, flowstone and majestic formations that surround you. Continue into the dark corners of Holden's Cavern, where your guide will tell you about the local Maori legends and tapu places. Experience a sense of trepidation as you traverse the Ghost Walk. Let your imagination take hold and feel the spiritual power of the cave.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Marvel at the amazing limestone formations created by Mother Nature. Glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto, your way lit by a myriad of tiny glowworm lights glittering, glimmering and reflecting off the water.
Your guided tour will take you through stunning underground scenery commencing with the magnificent 'Cathedral'. The acoustics in this cave are world-renowned. Acclaimed New Zealand Opera Diva, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has sung here and was delighted with the purity of the sound.
The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene atmosphere and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way. Your experienced tour guide will deliver a highly informative commentary sharing stories, cultural legends and the natural history of this awe-inspiring region of Waitomo.
NZ Freephone: 0800 456 922
Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours
On a Spellbound Tour we visit two wonderful caves.
In the first, see glowworms close up to discover their real identities. Then board a raft to experience a spellbinding drift down the mysterious cave river. Sit beneath the closest, densest and most sweeping glowworm display you could wish for. Lots of time is taken; you can truly enjoy one of nature's greatest light spectacles.
Our second cave is approached via a scenic gorge path retracing a lost river. At the cave we turn on soft lighting and introduce you to the ancient world of the Cave of the Spirit. Be prepared to be surprised by this cave.
- Small group tours - no crowds.
- Walks in a beautiful and intriguing farm and limestone setting.
- Transport from Waitomo Caves is included.
- Light refreshments.
- Great guides.
- Photographic opportunities.
Freephone (NZ only) 0800 773 552
Postal address: PO Box 4, Waitomo Caves Village
Footwhistle Glow Worm Tour
The lights are kept low to let you see the magnificent glowworm displays only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient extinct Moa, and the Te Anaroa cave stream flows in the darkness below.
Because the Footwhistle Tour only takes a maximum of 12 people, feel free to chat to the guide and ask as many questions as you like. The lights are turned up and you see the stunning Te Anaroa cave formations. Be sure to take photos! The guide tells the stories of the creatures that live here - "Titiwai", the glow worm, and "Tuna", the eel.
And after enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll see the Te Anaroa Cathedral lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave Tour will last a lifetime.