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“Aranui Cave - the prettiest of the Waitomo Caves”
Review of Aranui Cave

Aranui Cave
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US$38.42*
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1-Hour Guided Aranui Cave Tour
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

The Aranui Cave is, in my opinion, the prettiest of the main caves at Waitomo. There is hardly a place on the roof of the cave where there isn’t limestone decoration. We did this tour in a 3-cave combo – Waitomo Glow-worm Cave, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave. We had to drive ourselves from Waitomo Village to the cave carpark (about 10 minutes drive) and found our guide waiting there for us. The Aranui Cave has a natural entrance and just inside this our guide pointed out a colony of cave weta. These are unique to New Zealand and date back to the dinosaur age. They have very long legs and antennae, and leave the cave at night to find food on the forest floor. Scary-looking creatures! Once past the entrance, the first formation we came across was one called the Butcher’s Shop – quite amazing as it just looks like great hunks of meat. Amongst other sights in the cave we saw one of the largest stalagtites in the area – said to be about 2.5 tonnes and 6 metres long – and beautiful coral-like formations. This cave should be on your ‘don’t miss’ list if you can possibly help it. It’s smaller than the other caves in the combo but you can visit it on its own. Photography is allowed and I recommend comfortable shoes.

Thank wendhmagz
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

This cave is disappointing. This cave tour is conducted thru Waitomo Cave tour,. which is the name if the actual tour company. There are many other Waitomo glowworm cave tour companies in the Waitomo area. But the name confuses people to think this is THE ONLY glowworm cave tour available. Go on the Ruakuri cave instead. The Aranui did not show us glow worms.

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Reviewed 10 January 2012

make sure to take a good camera and something warm to wear,as under ground can be a lil on the cold side.
The cave visit and tour was great and if you have a guide that has a wealth of information of the area and cave it makes great listening.
We loved the history of the area and how much work has gone into preserving these caves for our enjoyment, and the thought gone into our safety.
These caves have interesting beginings and is great to hear and see what they are all about.

Thank ian and rose B
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

This cave was beautiful. It was very beautiful that this was the cave my boyfriend chose to propose to me. Very memorable indeed :)

Thank Chiepink
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Extremely enjoyable tour. These caves are absolutely amazing.

Thank DesertKiwiAbuDhabi
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