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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.


  • 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 January 2017

Amazing tour and experience! The guides made us feel so welcome and really made the experience a blast. So much fun jumping and climbing around the caves! Such beautiful sights and plenty of mesmerizing glow worms all along the way. Soup and bagels at the end were perfect to warm us up

wayne Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fabulous experience. Our two young hosts guiding us through the experience were just wonderful. We also had a great mix on people in our group. Us five Aussies in our 60's couldn't have been in better hands. Can highly recommend this experience

Melinda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Thrilling and slightly terrifying but I would say this was the highlight our entire 3-week trip to New Zealand!
The Wunder Family, Lyons, CO


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A little strength tour but so awesome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Exhilarating, once in a lifetime experience. We had the luxury of going to the back of the cave since our group was small. Guide was excellent, funny, informative and friendly. Worth the time, drive and money. At first seemed a bit drawn out, but need to have the full effect.

Matt R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had an amazing guide, Em who made the trip so much fun as well as informative. On top of that, she was serious about safety so that we knew what to expect. We almost skipped Waitomo because it was a bit out of the way and I'm so happy we wound up doing it. A great, once-in-a-lifetime memory that we'll always have!


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!

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