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Waitomo Caves Lost World 4-Hour Guided Tour with 100m Abseil

Waitomo Caves Lost World 4-Hour Guided Tour with 100m Abseil

From US$ 300.59 per person

Discover Waitomo Caves from a different perspective on a 4-hour guided tour including a 20-minute free-hanging abseil experience. Explore the cave system with an expert guide before returning to the surface via a 30-meter ladder.

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Duration 4 hours
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Limited to 8 participants


  • Take on the most spectacular abseil for novices in the world
  • Experience the thrill of a 100-metres free-hanging abseil into an abyss
  • Marvel at the unbelievable pre-historic setting as you explore the cave system then return to the surface via a 30-meter ladder
  • Benefit from the expert guidance of an experienced local guide on a small group tour
Full description
Discover the world-famous Waitomo Caves from a more adventurous perspective as you head off the beaten track. The friendly staff will equip you with all the gear you need and provide a thorough safety briefing before you head to the entry of the caves. Begin your dry caving adventure with a 20-minute 100-metre free-hanging abseil down into the surreal Lost World. Descend slowly alongside your expert guide as the mist filtered light reveals strange plants and formations. Your guide will be on a separate rope and provides information, reassurance, and a back-up safety tether. Delight in the thrill of free-hanging in this massive void. Bounce a bit and turn because of the sheer length of the rope. Peer around into upper levels of the cave and spot giant spagatites that look like giant green hands growing out of the walls. Marvel at weird plants, struggling to cling to the sheer walls. Listen for the roar of the Mangapu river echoes up from caverns far below.  One guide will look after up to four people as you all make your unforgettable descent together. Once down, explore the massive caverns to see glowworms and gigantic flowstone formations that look like icing sugar running down the walls. Head up a 30-metre ladder that some say was the inspiration for Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”. Your guide can assist your climb with their hauling system. Enjoy the guide’s helpful hints as you make your way along ledges back to the surface through the huge craggy upper levels of an area known as the 'Spider Hole'. Emerge from the 'Spider Hole' into what could easily be mistaken for the Burma Jungle, minus the snakes or tigers. Then, enjoy a short stroll back to the start where your adventure will conclude. 
  • 4-hour guided dry caving experience
  • 100-metre free-hanging abseil
  • Overalls, boots, and all necessary safety equipment
  • 1 expert local guide to 4 participants
  • Lockers
  • Complimentary photographs (available for download after the activity)

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    Meeting point

    1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo, New Zealand.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Cameras

    Know before you go

    • Minimum age of 10 years for children; children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult
    • Tour does not operate Christmas Day or New Years Day
    • If the guide(s) on the day have any doubt about a participant’s fitness they may ask them to complete a simple fitness-test Participants may also be required to complete a breath-test
    • No cameras, videos, or Go-Pros are permitted in the cave system for safety reasons. The guides provide basic photo service and the images are available to you online at no extra charge. However, please be aware that the focus of the activity is on adventure, not photography
    • Minimum of 2 participants required to operate, in the unlikely event that this is not reached you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 4 reviews

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    An experience in a class of its own! The team is super well-rehearsed. I had no safety concerns at any time. It's just fun to explore the cave with them.

    August 15, 2021

    Fun perfectly executed

    Chris and Shawna were wonderful guides. They were very capable and instilled lots of confidence, especially initially before abseiling. The tour was fun, informative and adventurous-I would recommend it to anyone who is reasonably fit.

    August 13, 2019

    Super gave ervaring!! Goede begeleiding.

    December 30, 2019

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    Product ID: 165971