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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Blackpool89

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Absolutely fantastic, guides were great and loads of fun. Pictures were well worth buying and not extortionate as with some other places. Highlight of our 2 month trip!

Nancy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was such a unique adventure experience, I am not sure you can do this anywhere else. The guides were very safe, informative and funny.

Shelley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What a fun experience! Our guides were great...a little chilly towards the end....but such a great experience! I would not recommend for someone who can't swim though.

Bentley O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a great time!

Anne I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

It was great experience! It needed a bit courage and pretty good health :

Natalia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Exciting adventure

June D Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent trip, just two of us with 2 guides simon and ola...who went out of their way to ensure we had a special experience. Black Abyss is an incredible tour - the free climb out through the waterfalls was intense - would highly recommend

BEVERLEY A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Best fun ever - would do this one again and again and again...

Sam C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent trip, really enjoyed this. See the glo worms that arent really worms at all, as we found out. Be prepared for the chilly water though! :

Rachel L

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.

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