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Waitomo Caves Black Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

Waitomo Caves Black Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

From US$ 101.96 per person

Discover the original Waitomo black water rafting tour for a memorable 3-hours. Explore the Ruakuri Cave on an exhilarating underground adventure that involves climbing, black water tubing, floating, and leaping over cascading underground waterfalls.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Float down the underground river in rubber tubes while admiring the glowworm displays above
  • Jump into cascading underground waterfalls, reflecting the glowworms above
  • Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary snacks after your tour
  • Journey safely through the stunning underworld with experienced, trained guides
  • Marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls
Full description

Check-in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Your expert guide will provide equipment and instructions before you begin the subterranean journey. Take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and weave and climb through a glowworm-studded wonderland.

After an energized trip, float serenely down the underground river. Enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Ride a stream that twists and turns through a canyon, and tumble down a hidden waterfall and rock slide before emerging into the sun-dappled Waitomo forest. 

The rafting base is located a short distance outside Waitomo Caves village. This is the booking and assembly point for all black water rafting expeditions. It is also the home of the Long Black Cafe, where you'll find delicious food, coffee, and friendly Kiwi service. 

  • 3-hour guided black water tubing experience
  • Use of equipment (tubes, wetsuits, boots and helmets)
  • Snacks
  • Complimentary hot shower
  • Internet access and merchandise are also available at the Long Black Cafe
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years and 3 months old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide at 584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977. Located just before the Waitomo turn off.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh at least 45 kilograms
    • Tours run year round at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, and 3:00 PM. During summer, tours run every 30-minutes from 7:00 AM
    • All tours are subject to availability. Pending available time slots, your tour time may be different to the one requested
    • Water temperature is 10-14 degrees celsius (wetsuits and footwear are provided)
    • Cameras and GoPro's cannot be taken on this tour
    • There is a maximum of 12 participants per tour and a minimum of 2 participants required for the tour to run.
    • The Waitomo Caves are located 195-kilometres from Auckland and round-trip transport from Auckland is not included
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 209 reviews

    Review summary

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    I did not know that my new friend was terrified of the water after nearly drowning in a boating accident 10 years ago. The guides were absolutely amazing in the way they assisted and encouraged her. She was able to complete the trip in spite of her fear and even eventually appreciated the experience

    March 14, 2021

    This tour was brilliant. The glow worms were an amazing sight to behold. The guides had a funny way of telling you about their life cycle It was cute. The tour involves getting into full wet suit gear- this can be restrictive if you have weight issues BUT they do have them in larger sizes (I know) We went into the cave, and it’s really large tunnel system, through a very small opening. The guides took lots of photos throughout our day. There are 3 “drops” or backward jumps you can do for the thrill of it. From the sounds of laughter everyone loved it. The guides were very encouraging with me but very compassionate when I couldn’t do it. So I just climbed in. But if you can, you should “let go” and enjoy. There are times you travel through caverns were the ceiling is a few inches from your nose this is the time to lie back chill. I was lucky to be on the back of the floating chain when you float single file and our guide was singing so it was very special. Ask for Max and Luke.

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    January 27, 2020

    Outstanding experience, way above expectations! The guides Ash and Helen were fantastic, enthusiastic and took excellent care of the whole group. We had a blast! I HIGHLY recommend this experience, and I can’t wait to come back for another one! Everything was safe and the amazement of the glowworms has to be witnessed, pictures don’t do justice.

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    January 27, 2020

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