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Caves and Kiwi Tour

A wonderful day out exploring the spectacular Ruakuri Cave system, getting up close and personal with the tiny but enchanting Waitomo Glow Worms and an opportunity to see New Zealand's beautiful but endangered Kiwi.

Caves and Kiwi Tour

This full day tour from Auckland to the Ruakuri cave system is designed to showcase the best of rural New Zealand landscape and enjoy all that the Waitomo area has to offer.

The tour begins by driving through the Waikato region of New Zealand with its rich Maori history and stunning farming landscapes with expert commentary provided along with way.

Join a small group guided tour of the Ruakuri cave system. Entry is through a spectacular spiral entrance. This walking tour is New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour and gets you up close to the Waitomo glowworms as well as a wide range of limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations. This is one of the only Waitomo cave systems which allows photography throughout the tour and the cave walkway has been designed to allow wheelchairs and pushchairs.

After the cave tour re-join your guide for some light refreshments and a guided walk around the native forested gorge, natural sculpted cliffs and low limestone arches of the Ruakuri valley walk.

You then take a short drive to the lunch destination in a beautiful rural location where the group has a traditional New Zealand barbecue buffet lunch with the barbecue expertly cooked to order. After a scrumptious lunch, you visit the Kiwi house and native bird park at Otorohanga where you get the rare chance to see New Zealand’s iconic Kiwi bird being fed by their keepers. You also learn about what the centre is doing with their Kiwi bird breeding programme to help the endangered birds. There is also an opportunity to have a look at some of the other rare and iconic New Zealand birds and animals that the park has.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: Full day
Tour Code: DAKL09

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Waitomo

Tour Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Ruakuri Caves
  • BBQ style lunch
  • Entry to Otorohanga Kiwi bird house


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2018 - 30 September 2020 $315 NZD $158 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 7.00am.

Children: Child age is 2 - 11 years.

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