- Choice of several departures throughout the day
- All entrance fees included
- All necessary equipment included
- Free snacks included
The Black Abyss
Designed for people with a moderate level of fitness, the five-hour invigorating journey includes a minimum of two hours exhilarating underground adventure. Abseil (Rappel) into the awesome limestone tomb to experience the adrenaline rush as you clamber and slide through squeezes, zip into the black water filled abyss and scramble up waterfalls in your pursuit of daylight.
Inside the cave naturally occurring decorations such as stalactites and stalagmites will amaze while the resident glowworms promise to provide a spectacular visual exhibition as you traverse through the subterraneous playground.
Includes: Abseiling training, abseiling 37 metres, caving and walking, cave tubing (black water rafting), glow worms, jumps, flying fox, climbing
This popular tour involves a combination of walking and floating on an inner tube through a unique underground river system. As you prepare for your adventure your professional guide will ensure you are properly equipped and teach you some fun techniques before you climb down into nature's underground network for an enjoyable cave tubing experience of a lifetime! Streams spill, twist, turn and join to build a river canyon. Glide with the water as it drops down the hidden waterfall and tumbles down rocky chutes before sliding through vaulted limestone galleries to finally emerge into the dazzling green Waitomo forest.
Prepare to be amazed at the naturally occurring decorations within the cave including stalactites and stalagmites. This exhilarating journey also provides a spectacular visual display of glowworms.
Includes: caving and walking, cave tubing (black water rafting), glow worms, small waterfall jumpAt the end of your experience enjoy a hot shower, hearty soup and bagel.
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9am The Labyrinth
3-hour cave tubing adventure - The Labyrinth at Waitomo Caves 9:00am departure
12pm The Labyrinth
3-hour cave tubing adventure - The Labyrinth at Waitomo Caves 12:00pm departure
3pm The Labyrinth
3-hour cave tubing adventure - The Labyrinth at Waitomo Caves 3:00pm departure
9am The Black Abyss
5-hour caving, abseiling and flying fox ultimate adventure - The Black Abyss at Waitomo Caves 9:00am departure
11am The Black Abyss
5-hour caving, abseiling and flying fox ultimate adventure - The Black Abyss at Waitomo Caves 11:00am departure
2pm The Black Abyss
5-hour caving, abseiling and flying fox ultimate adventure - The Black Abyss at Waitomo Caves 2:00pm departure
Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour
- Abseiling techniques training (if option chosen)
- The use of equipment such as tubes, wetsuits, boots, helmets, abseiling devices (if option chosen) and safety equipment
- Complimentary hot shower, hearty soup and legendary Black Water bagel
- Entry to Waitomo Cave Museum
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- All participants on this tour must weigh at least 45 kilograms
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
- Water temperature is approximately 10 degrees Celsius
- The Waitomo Caves are located 121 miles (195 km) from Auckland. Rountrip transport from Auckland is not included
- The Black Abyss: 16 years of age
- The Labyrinth: 12 years of age
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: mauiknutson, November 2016
Exhilarating, once in a lifetime experience. We had the luxury of going to the back of the cave since our group was small. Guide was excellent, funny, informative and friendly. Worth the time, drive and money. At first seemed a bit drawn out, but need to have the full effect.
Reviewed by: Matt R, September 2016
We had an amazing guide, Em who made the trip so much fun as well as informative. On top of that, she was serious about safety so that we knew what to expect. We almost skipped Waitomo because it was a bit out of the way and I'm so happy we wound up doing it. A great, once-in-a-lifetime memory that we'll always have!