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Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

1. Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off a small waterfall and take in the magic of the glowworm grotto of Ruakuri Cave on this Black Labyrinth adventure. Put on your gear and learn from professionally trained guides that will take you ziplining, rafting, and caving.  Check in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Get all your equipment and instructions from your guide before you begin the subterranean journey. Leap 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. 

Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

2. Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

Go on the ultimate caving adventure at the Waitomo Caves. Satisfy your inner adrenaline junky on this guided tour into the depths of Ruakuri Cave. Zipline through otherworldly glowworms, and splash through underground waterfalls. Check-in in Waitomo where your guide will ensure you are properly equipped and offer some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network of the Waitomo Caves.  Practice abseiling with your guide to ensure you feel confident before abseiling down 35-meters into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glowworm-studded Ruakuri Cave. Descend deeper with a flying fox zipline that passes through an area that is abundant with glowworms. Prepare to be awed by stunning stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse through the dark water.  Enjoy adrenaline-fueled fun as you clamber down, float through the canyon, and scramble up waterfalls before resurfacing into daylight. At the end of your exhilarating journey, enjoy a hot shower, hearty soup, and a bagel.  End at the Long Black Café, a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the high energy atmosphere as excited visitors depart and arrive from their various expeditions. Internet access and merchandise are also available at this point. 

Waitomo Caves 1-Kilometer-Long Zipline Tour

3. Waitomo Caves 1-Kilometer-Long Zipline Tour

Meet with your Guide on site and get equipped with your own zip line gear. Learn everything you need to know for zip lining as your guide leads you through this action packed adventure. Start at a lower elevation among native trees, where you will build your confidence. Get to grips with zip lining and learn about local geology and native Maori history along the way. Ride across the longest zip lines, which will take you to the popular Waitomo Lookout Point with breathtaking views over the region. Finish the experience with an adrenaline-filled 280-meter-long superfast final ride where you can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour.

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What people are saying about Waitomo

This experience is hands-on! You learn how to clip and un-clip safely and progressively move to longer and faster zip lines. Rob, the owner was very accommodating to delayed arrival and rescheduled us for an open spot the next day. He even helped us make it to our next scheduled event on time!

A brilliant way to explore the Wiatomo Caves and see the glow worms. We had a very friendly and informative guide (Bex) who made our experience really enjoyable. All equipment and wetsuits provided and the transportation between sites was well arranged. Would definitely recommend!

Absolutely amazing. Highly recommend. Not physically demanding and a very doable activity if you can't swim. The guides are amazing and very conscious of that if you tell them. 100% worth doing this activity.

Amazing! Best way to experience the caves! Guides were very safe and welcoming for all people with different levels of experience! Oh it’s a wile ride!

It was awesome!!!! I strongly recommend this activity!! Our guides were also awesome and great!!! We hope we will try again soon!!!