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Waitomo Caves 4-Hour Black Water Tubing Adventure

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Waitomo Caves 4-Hour Black Water Tubing Adventure

From US$ 115.23 per person

Go underground and combine the best elements of blackwater rafting! Walk, climb, swim and tube through sections of the spectacular Tumu Tumu Cave, part of the world-famous Waitomo Caves system, for a memorable 4-hour experience.

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  • Discover the Tumu Tumu Cave on this 4-hour tubing experience
  • See spectacular cave formations as you walk, climb, swim and tube through the Tumu Tumu Cave
  • Explore unique underground terrain and marvel at one of the best glowworm displays in New Zealand
  • Enjoy great value with about twice as much quality underground time as other similar options at Waitomo Caves
  • Benefit from the guidance of experienced local guides who will look after you and share engaging informative commentary
Full description
Spend a couple of hours tubing in the dark, the only light from glowworms, on this wet adventure through sections of the Tumu Tumu Cave. Put on a helmet, boots and a wetsuit to take on the world-famous Waitomo Caves on a fun off-the-beaten-track experience. The trip combines the best elements of blackwater rafting, walking, climbing, swimming and tubing. 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. During your adventure, you will see spectacular cave formations and one of the best glowworm displays in New Zealand. You will spend about 2-hours underground during your 4-hour trip. You don’t need to be a good swimmer, as the wetsuits provide lots of warmth and buoyancy.
  • 4-hour wet 'tubing' adventure
  • Wetsuit and all necessary safety equipment (including boots)
  • Expert local guide
  • Lockers
  • Complimentary photographs (available for download after the tour)
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

1227 Waitomo Valley Road Waitomo New Zealand.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Toiletries

Know before you go

  • The minimum age for this tour is 12 years
  • The minimum weight for this tour is 40 kilograms
  • Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour does not operate on Christmas Day or on New Years' Day
  • Rain can affect stream levels. If flooded, your tour may be rescheduled or upgraded to another trip
  • 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
  • There is a minimum of 2 participants required for this tour to run. In the unlikely event that this is not reached, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 17 reviews

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What an adventure

My partner suffers minor claustrophobia and mentioned this just as we show up for the Tour. He had a mini meltdown yours the start but Charlie the amazing guide talked him thru it and was very patient with both of us. I was very slow as I was really awkward in the provided wetsuit but Charlie did an amazing job of making the Tour run smoothly and helped me thru it all. Thank you

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February 15, 2019

It was hard work but everyone helped each other, the floating looking up at the glow worms was magical. A very worthwhile experience.

March 18, 2020

Got to see the glow worms up close, but also have some fun throughout the caves

February 27, 2020

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