Aranui Cave

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39 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo, New Zealand - 07-878 8227
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Aranui Cave Waitomo Reviews

Koralifix Koralifix
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Aranui Cave – A wonderful limestone world on New Zealand's North Island Feb 08, 2009
In 1910 Ruruku Aranui after whom the cave is named discovered this beautiful place just by accident. What a lucky chance!

After following the friendly and very helpful guide through the natural entrance into the cave you'll see the most impressive stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones, just so nice!

Narrow paths and quite a few stairs guide you through the amazing and extremely old underground world. So, don't forget your best walking shoes (and your fitness card ;-)).

I would say one of the most amazing structures is the more than 20m high cathedral. Incredible, just imagine a whole house could fit in there.

I also liked the original entrance that Aranui used almost 100 years ago. Of course, there are some lights in this area today but Aranui didn't even bring candlelight. What an achievement!

I recommend booking your cave tickets online that means you'll get 10% discount and you might even find some very nice 'Cave Combos', which are absolutely worth booking.

And really important: don't forget your camera! You are allowed to take as many photos as you like and the nice guide offers to take pictures of you on Aranui's trail.

Don't miss this experience!!
Almost there
Great stalactites
Interesting formation
Koralifix says:
Yes, the Black Water Rafting is an amazing underground fun activity.
Posted on: Feb 16, 2009
alyssa_ob says:
Do they also offer adventure tours?
Posted on: Feb 16, 2009
Flyinhigh says:
Wow!! Interesting.
Posted on: Feb 14, 2009
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