• Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
  • Duration: Flexible
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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

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

Mary Anne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing!! The guides were wonderful and it was really a spectacular tour. The caves were incredible and the glowworms seemed 'otherwordly'. Just a fantastic experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Lots of fun. Really cool way to explore the caves and see the gloworms!

Travis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Simple and easy to register. Dale and Mikayla were fun guide a but also ensured safety, even advising where to put our feet! Wonderful floating and seeing the gloworm. VERY COLD, even by my standards. Hot shower and warm soup was a nice touch at the end.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was so much fun that we are still talking about it 5 years later! Two thumbs up from us!

Karl P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing experience, great guides, delicious hot chocolate. I love to do all over again!!

Ian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent experience. It was cold but well worth it.

Wanyi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Black water rafting was a unique experience, and very different from white water rafting. Looking at the glow worms after walking in the caves for a while makes the experience even more memorable. The guides were also very helpful and ensured the safety of everyone in the group.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Fantastic tour.
The guides were brilliant and took time to make everyone feel safe.


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

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