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Waitomo Caves Black Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

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Discover the original Waitomo black water rafting tour for a memorable 3-hours. Explore the mysterious Ruakuri Cave on a fun and exhilarating underground adventure that will have you floating, squeezing and leaping over cascading underground waterfalls.
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  • Float down the underground river in rubber tubes while admiring the glowworm displays above
  • Jump into cascading underground waterfalls, reflecting the glowworms above
  • Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary snacks after your tour
  • Journey safely through the stunning underworld with experienced, trained guides
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Take on the original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping and floating through Ruakuri Cave. Explore the cave system deep underground on an unreal subterranean journey that’ll have you begging for more!

Check-in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Your expert guide will ensure you are properly equipped and offer some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network at Waitomo Caves. Over three hours, take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and weave, jump and climb through a glowworm-studded wonderland. Prepare to be awed by the magnificent caves with stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse through the black water. 

After you’ve jumped off a few waterfalls and pushed yourself to the limits, float serenely down the underground river. Enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above.  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. Your journey concludes when you emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo forest before warming up with a hot shower and treating yourself to some snacks.

The rafting base is located a short distance outside Waitomo Caves village. This is the booking and assembly point for all black water rafting expeditions. It is also the home of the Long Black Cafe, where you'll find delicious food, great coffee and friendly Kiwi service. The Long Black Cafe is a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the high energy atmosphere as excited visitors depart and arrive from their various expeditions. Internet access and merchandise are also available.
  • 3-hour guided black water tubing experience
  • Use of equipment (tubes, wetsuits, boots and helmets)
  • Snacks
  • Complimentary hot shower

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at 584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977. Located just before the Waitomo turn off.

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Important information
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• Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh at least 45 kilograms
• Tours run year round at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, and 3:00 PM. During summer, tours run every 30-minutes from 7:00 AM
• All tours are subject to availability. Pending available time slots, your tour time may be different to the one requested
• Water temperature is 10-14 degrees celsius (wetsuits and footwear are provided)
• Cameras and GoPro's cannot be taken on this tour
• There is a maximum of 12 participants per tour and a minimum of 2 participants required for the tour to run.
• The Waitomo Caves are located 195-kilometres from Auckland and round-trip transport from Auckland is not included

From US$ 105.97 per person

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THL - Waitomo Caves Group

Product ID: 140739