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  • Location:Waitomo, New Zealand
  • Duration:3-hours or 5-hours

Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour

Go Waitomo black-water rafting (cave tubing) for a memorable adventure in the Waitomo Caves. Choose a 3-hour Labyrinth experience that takes you floating underground on an inner tube, including a small waterfall jump. Or upgrade to the 5-hour Black Abyss for an exhilarating abseil (rappel) down limestone walls; instruction and equipment included. The resident glowworms, stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you! Finish with a hot shower, soup and bagel.


  • Fun and exhilarating, this caving adventure will have you floating, squeezing and leaping over cascading underground waterfalls
  • Choose between the Labyrinth tour, a 3-hour cave tubing adventure or the 5-hour Black Abyss tour for the ultimate thrill
  • Includes all necessary equipment
  • Wetsuits and footwear will be provided

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What You Can Expect

Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour

Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour

Start your black-water tubing adventure in Waitomo. An expert guide ensures you’re properly equipped with gear — including wetsuit and inner tube — and offers some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network at Waitomo Caves. 

If you choose The Labyrinth, you’ll experience walking and caving along with a small waterfall jump. Upgrade to The Black Abyss and start your invigorating journey with a rappel into the subterranean playground with your guide while suited up in helmet, boots and safety equipment. (See options below.)

Prepare to be awed by a magnificent display of glowworms in addition to stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse through the black water. At the end of your exhilarating journey through Waitomo’s vaulted limestone galleries, enjoy a hot shower, hearty soup and bagel.

The Labyrinth (3 Hours)
Float on your inner tube through the remarkable underground river system at Waitomo Caves. 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 Black Abyss (5 Hours)
Those with a moderate level of fitness can up the ante on this Waitomo tubing adventure. After abseiling training and practice with your guide, you’ll rappel 121 feet (37 meters) into the black water–filled abyss. Enjoy adrenaline-fueled fun as you clamber down, float through the canyon and scramble up waterfalls before resurfacing into daylight.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I was glad I did the five-hour option but I was tired and ready for my soup by the end! It was really magical - entertaining and well informed guides helped us feel safe throughout.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

great trip - well looked after by guides and good fun - be aware that you will not be able to bring cameras or go pros etc as the guides take photos and sell them but they are not too expensive ($30) and you do get a professional promotional video as part of the package.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A must do for anyone with an adventurous spirit. Loved our tour guides. They were instructional, patient, and had a great personality.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Had a wonderful time. Would highly recommend this type of tour for all ages that are physically able.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was the highlight of our holiday. We saw beautifulP arts of nature while having a lot of fun. The tour guides (scuba and pirate) were terrific and kept us well informed about the caves as we went along. I would definitely recommend this tour - a must do ! Thanks again for the best experience in NZ!,!,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This was amazing. All suited up with wetsuits, the water was cold. Fantastic staff, great jumping from waterfalls, floating in the dark looking up at the glow worms. Recommend it highly.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Excellent round. Extremely, positively, very interestingly and unusually. I recommend to all! ) ) )
Especially there is a wish to mark out my guides - Roger and Pirate for cool spent time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Operators were great, experience was amazing, indescribable. Even though it was cold outside and definitely inside it was well worth it. Could have Done with more pictures inside the cave though

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

The programme is very well planed with full of fun. Our guides Shanne and Anne are extremely caring and funny! Strongly recommand the 5 hrs programme than the 3 hrs one!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

The Black Water Rafting experience was awesome. The guides were fun and informative. Just be aware that if your leaving from Auckland, it is a 2.5 hour drive South. I did not realise this when I booked and we had trouble getting there. There was no public transport that would get us there on time and we ended up having to hire a car, which added to the price. It would be good if a transfer option was included. The tour itself is well worth it though. My teenagers loved it.

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