Adventure Caving

Adventure caving in Waitomo is for anyone with a sense of fun and adventure and a moderate level of fitness. There are 'wet' and 'dry' cave options, all with professional guides - age and weight limits may apply. Try Black Water Rafting (floating on rubber inner tubes along underground streams) cave abseiling (rappelling) and climbing or swimming in caverns lit only by a head torch or glowworms. (Some adventure caves also have stunning glowworm displays).

Black Abyss Abseiling Platform

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company - "Black Abyss"

Black Abyss is the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere. Descend into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave. This five-hour expedition combines abseiling (rappelling) into the 35 metre tomo, climbing, whizzing down a flying fox and cave tubing underneath glow worms into one unforgettable journey. At every stage you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment.

Phone 0800 228 464

585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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St. Benedicts Cavern

Imagine a huge underground chamber 100m long and 40m high just bristling with stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone and all manner of wonderful natural creations. You gain access down a 40m shaft in two abseils. Once down the group makes its way along connecting passages until suddenly you've arrived... The main chamber is fabulous and the best part is yet to come. Clip onto a flying fox (zip line) that will zing you part way across the chamber. After that you walk and clamber past even more unusual formations until you reach the exit stair. Pop out a round door in the side of a hill and back into sunlight.

With over 25 years of operation, Waitomo Adventures Ltd is Waitomo's leading independent adventure operator, remains family owned and offers unique, safe, reliable, quality activities. All equipment is supplied with a high ratio of well trained guides (1:4). Our changing facilities are the best at Waitomo and all activities are Qualmark endorsed.

Try something different!

Phone 0800 924 866

654 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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Haggas Honking Holes

Waitomo's most concentrated Action!

Ever wondered what it would be like to be flushed down the loo on a rope?... Well this is it... and what an amazing facility it is!

See stalactites and stalagmites, columns and delicate straws. Even NZ's famous glowworms make an appearance - see them up close and personal. This trip is not for the faint-hearted. Participants are brave and fit, but you don't need any prior experience. All training and equipment is supplied. There is a very high guide ratio (1:5) and your safety is assured.

Nothing else in NZ, let alone Waitomo, compares to this activity. Allow 4 hours (approx 2 hours actually underground). With over 25 years of operational experience Waitomo Adventures Ltd is Waitomo's leading independent adventure operator, remains family owned and offers unique, safe, reliable quality activities.

Our changing and showering facilities are the best at Waitomo and all our activities are Qualmark endorsed. Check out our website for deals, photos and videos, plus our other 4 amazing options.

Phone 0800 924 866

654 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company - "Black Odyssey"

Challenge yourself on this awesome dry caving adventure with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. who have over 25 years of caving expertise. Experience a range of different caving techniques to complete this journey that will seriously stretch your limits.

Test yourself as you twist and turn through the Ruakuri Cave's main network and hidden passageways. Conquer thrilling rock traverses and mind-blowing heights. Edge over crossings high above roaring streamways. You'll also spider-walk through ancient rift passages and experience the challenges of high rope work and flying foxes.

At every stage you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment.

Phone 0800 228 464

585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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Caveworld Ltd

Join our locally owned and operated company! You will:

  • raft the longest "in cave" black water rafting stream passage
  • see more glowworms - our glowworm display is rated 10/10
  • ride the ultimate Cave Water Slide!
  • book anytime with our 24 hour free phone booking service
  • upgrade any of our products at discounted prices
  • know that there is no chance that your booking will be cancelled due to poor weather conditions - we operate 365 days of the year
  • receive our unbeatable 100% satisfaction guarantee

We're so confident of our products that if you're not 100% satisfied with your trip, we'll give you a full, no questions asked, money back guarantee.

Phone 07 878 6577

Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves

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Lost World 7 Hour Epic

The 100m freehanging abseil will astound you, but that's only the beginning. Spend the rest of the day walking, wading and swimming through the cavernous passages of this famous underground system. Yes, you need to be moderately fit (e.g. go bush walking for a day) but the trip is intended for complete novices - all you need is a swimsuit and a smile!

See giant oyster fossils and whalebones, giant flowstone (like icing sugar running down the walls). Lots of fun and optional challenges - water jumps, climbs and spiders. Includes an absolutely fantastic glowworm display.

Includes lunch & a BBQ dinner, plus all equipment (helmets, lights, wetsuits, ropes, harnesses, boots etc).

This will be the highlight of your world trip. If you came to NZ looking for top adventure, this is the one thing you must do - it's the unchallenged, unbeatable Best!

With over 25 years of operation, Waitomo Adventures Ltd is Waitomo's leading independent adventure operator and remains family owned.

Phone 07 878 7788

654 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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TumuTumu ToObing

Don't be fooled! Blackwater Rafting is not like white water rafting. It's much gentler and you use car inner tubes, not white water rafts. Allow 4 hours for this trip (approx 2 hours underground).

All Blackwater Rafting trips at Waitomo include walking and wading, as well as swimming and tubing. A wide range of people can do it, even down to 12-year-olds. Your wetsuit gives you lots of flotation. You will however get wet!

Remember that not all caves (or operators) are created equal. Generally you will get what you pay for. With over 25 years of operation, Waitomo Adventures Ltd is Waitomo's leading independent adventure operator, remains family owned and offers unique, safe, reliable, quality activities. All equipment is supplied with a high ratio of well trained guides (1:6).

Our changing and showering facilities are the best at Waitomo and all our activities are Qualmark endorsed.

Check out our website for deals, photos and videos, plus our 4 other amazing options.

Phone 0800 924 866

654 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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Lost World 4 Hour

The descent takes around 30 minutes of the total 4 hours required. Abseil slowly alongside your instructor, who is on a separate rope providing information, reassurance... and a backup safety tether.

Imagine free-hanging in a massive void... bouncing a bit and turning because of the sheer length of the rope. Look around into the upper levels of the cave and see giant spagatites (like giant green hands growing out of the walls. Weird plants struggle to cling to the sheer walls and all the while the roar of the Mangapu river echoes up from caverns far below. One guide looks after up to 4 people, all making their unforgettable descent together through the surreal mists and eventually landing in the base of this massive cavern.

Once down, take in the awesome views before starting on an even more amazing trip back to the surface. Climb over huge slabs of rock and a series of ladders. See excellent glowworms and huge flowstone formations. See why Tom Cruise did this trip 4 times!

Phone 07 878 7788

654 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company - "Black Labyrinth"

This is the original 3-hour Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping and floating through Ruakuri Cave where streams spill & twist, joining up to build a river canyon. The water carries you down the hidden waterfall and rocky chute then slides through vaulted limestone galleries to finally emerge into the Waitomo forest.

This classic caving adventure has made The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company famous the world over.
Over three hours you'll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries above.Your journey ends when you emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo forest.

"Black Labyrinth" is suitable for beginners 12 years and over and at least 45 kgs in weight. You'll need to bring swimwear and a towel (Wetsuits and footwear are provided). Water temperatures are 10-14 C. We restrict each tour to a maximum of 12 people (allow 3 hours).

Free Phone 0800 228 464

Phone 07 878 6219

585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo

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Glowing Adventures

Come and join us for a memorable adventure with guided Waitomo cave eco-tours.

Glowing Adventures runs personalised, unhurried and adventurous walking cave tours for small groups of 2-6 people through our private farm.

Our tours take you through beautiful untouched native New Zealand forest and into two impressive limestone caves. The cave tour includes three magnificent glowworm displays and the chance to get up close to these amazing and beautiful creatures.

We run the most personalised and intimate cave tours in the Waitomo district. There will never be more than 6 people per group. Our walking cave eco-tours are through completely untouched beautiful New Zealand scenery. (There are no concrete paths or handrails or electric lights).

We are off the beaten tourist track, but within a short drive of Waitomo Caves Village and the towns of Te Kuiti and Otorohanga.

Our customers have told us we provide a “real caving experience” - walking up hills, climbing over boulders and wading through a shallow stream, so a reasonable level of physical fitness is required.

We provide all the clothing and equipment you will need, as well as a warm shower and a cuppa after the tour. All you need to bring is a small camera to capture some of New Zealand’s finest scenery.

Our tours do not involve abseiling or heights or blackwater rafting.

Tours take approximately 3 hours.

Phone 07 878 7234

1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti

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Rap, Raft 'n Rock

Phone 07 873 9149

95 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo