Ruakuri Reserve Walk

205 Ruakuri Rd., Waitomo 3985, New Zealand
GPS coordinates:
-38° 15' 54.3204" S
175° 4' 46.9200" E
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Best time to go:
Any time during daylight
Time to spend:
1-1.5 hours


Take a small torch would be nice to get into Ruakuri Natural Tunnel.


New Zealand has many lovely tracks for hiking. Ruakuri walk loop is very short and very beautiful. During this 45 minutes spectacular walk, you will see a lush forest, caves, speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites), you will walk through rock arches, bridges over Waitomo Streams.

The real gem of this track is Ruakuri Natural Tunnel, a magnificent high ceiling cave with the Waitomo Stream flowing into it. The entrance to the viewing platform inside the cave is dark so take care when walking down the steps, but don't be afraid it's amazing inside. Unfortunately, this is not something that I can show you in a photo.

There is also a picnic area where you could have some barbecue. Aranui cave is pretty close, but I don't think it's accessible without a guide, moreover, it might be dangerous.


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