Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Caves

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#4 of 41 in Trails in Waikato Region
Explore the verdant forest and limestone walls of Ruakuri Walk, a place of strong spiritual and cultural significance to the Maori. Follow the Ruakuri walk, a looping trail that leads you through rocky outcroppings and flourishing forest. The highlight is the vast Ruakuri natural tunnel, into which the Waitomo stream flows--look up at the dangling stalactites hanging from the high ceiling, and down at the stalagmites reaching up from below. At night, see the cave walls lit up by thousands of glowworms, but keep a respectful distance as touching them will kill them. For more in-depth appreciation of the surroundings, opt for a guided tour, which takes you through Aranui and Ruakuri caves. The local ecosystem supports native birds such as kereru, tui, piwakawaka, and tauhou; kareareas (New Zealand falcons) are often seen and heard from the parking lot. While the walk is relatively easy, do bring a flashlight or headlamp to help you navigate steps inside the caves. To plan Waitomo Caves vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Take a light with you in the dark, to avoid from falling into the river. See the glowworms in the dark and the beautiful forest during the day.  more »
  • There are 2 car parks. We drove down to the bottom and easily found a spot. Parking up the top means a walk down to the start, but well worth it. We did the Ruakuri Bushwalk (Natural Tunnel). It is th...  more »
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