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Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour provided by Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 31/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Covid Practices: We will be requesting all visitors sign in upon arrival for contact tracing, we will be maintaining social distancing and implementing cleaning practices throughout the day as well as hand sanitizer
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Updated 31/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
If you've tried white-water rafting and want to turn up the excitement dial, don't miss this chance to go black-water rafting in the spectacular Waitomo Caves. Grab a tube and float along the underground rivers and passages of the huge cave system, spotting glowworms and other incredible cave features along the way. Choose between a three and five-hour trip, the latter of which includes abseiling.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Waitomo Homestead
    584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Waitomo Homestead, 584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977 Directions: Driving Directions: • SH 1 from Auckland to Hamilton Turn right SH 3 to Otorohanga • Follow SH 3 to Waitomo Caves, the Waitomo Homestead will be on your right Return point: Returns to original departure point
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    The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
    Stop: 3 hours
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  • 2
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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  • 3
    Ruakuri Cave
    Stop: 5 hours
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  • You'll end at
    Waitomo Homestead
    584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Waitomo Homestead, 584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977 Directions: Driving Directions: • SH 1 from Auckland to Hamilton Turn right SH 3 to Otorohanga • Follow SH 3 to Waitomo Caves, the Waitomo Homestead will be on your right Return point: Returns to original departure point
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Use of all equipment, plus a thorough safety briefing, is included
  • Adventurous traveling seeking a memorable challenge will love this activity
  • Enjoy a warming shower, hot soup, and bagel afterwards
  • Choose the option that suits your schedule and comfort levels in the cave
Important Information
Departure Point
Waitomo Homestead, 584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand
Duration
5h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Abseiling techniques training (if option chosen)
  • The use of equipment such as tubes, wetsuits, boots, helmets, abseiling devices (if option chosen) and safety equipment
  • Complimentary hot shower
Exclusions
  • Entry to Waitomo Cave Museum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • All participants on this tour must weigh at least 45 kilograms
  • Water temperature is approximately 10 degrees Celsius
  • The Waitomo Caves are located 121 miles (195 km) from Auckland. Rountrip transport from Auckland is not included
  • Please note: the minimum age for following tours are:
  • The Black Abyss: 16 years of age
  • The Labyrinth: 12 years of age
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note: the Black Labyrinth tour is a beginner level caving adventure, almost anyone can give it a go!
  • Bring swimwear & a towel
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jane wrote a review Mar 2021
Amsterdam5 contributions
Climbing down into a cave isn't something that I thought I would ever do. I was slightly nervous but it was so worthwhile. The climb down, and the walk through the cave wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was very easy and enjoyable. Katie (our guide) was really
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Jon B wrote a review Sep 2020
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I toured the caves in 1993, but I still remember it as a great adventure. After donning our wet suits, we were taught to absail on a small cliff near the cave entrance. Then we dropped into the cave--I can't remember how far, but it was fun. Then we sat in our inner tubes and
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jack wrote a review Jun 2020
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom15 contributions5 helpful votes
Absolutely loved this experience. It was surreal being underneath the surface of the earth on a rubber ring floating down a stream. If you're not frightened of tight spaces, you'll have a blast; but some of the gaps you need to crawl through are pretty small. The guides I had
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Date of experience: February 2020
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HEK872 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom48 contributions18 helpful votes
Very fun way to see the amazing glow worms! The girls leading were friendly and professional, making us feel at ease throughout - even in the dark! The suits kept us warm and the hot showers followed by yummy soup and bagels at the end were a perfect ending.
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Customer Service Rep at Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback. We are glad you had a wonderful experience with us at the caves. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again! Nga mihi,
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Garry wrote a review Feb 2020
Mornington, Australia67 contributions31 helpful votes
I done this tour 30 years ago by myself (and other tourists), back then ì would say this was one of the best thing I had ever done This time my wife and I done it It was just as good, slight changes, ah no some major changes, BUT only to make this experience even better No shack
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Response from Discover_Waitomo, Customer Service Rep at Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to place feedback on us and we are glad that you enjoyed our amazing guides! Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again. Nga mihi,
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1999Anabel
1999Anabel
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Waitomo caves
It was wonderful to see the glow worms during the very short boat trip - almost surreal. It’s an outstanding intern
pracatan77
pracatan77
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Magical Experience
A magical experience deep underground, seeing some wonderful sights. Moi our host was fantastic and gave us an inf
Jessewoodcock12
Jessewoodcock12
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Amazing
We absolutely loved the tour! Corey was amazing and was so passionate about it which made it so much more special.
CushlaH_13
CushlaH_13
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Glow worms and caves stunning
Our 4 year old daughter loved the glow worm cave tour and boat ride. The tour was an hour but it moved quickly enou
Ralph164
Ralph164
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55 years since last visit
I was last here as a kid with my parents. This visit was absolutely fantastic. Guide Hiria was truly amazing. Sho
Sus1952
Sus1952
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Wonderful visit
It was many, many years since I had visited this iconic glowworm cave. It was well worth the wait. We had a wonderf
663jacquim
663jacquim
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Exceeded expectations
NZ do this tour while there are no cruise ships etc. The guide was so knowledgeable March 1 at 1000. The glow worms
VJ1S
VJ1S
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Support our tourism industry
Took our kids 6 & 8 years old. They loved it, we learned so much. The guide Shawny was lovely, kept us all engaged
PettTrina
PettTrina
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Family experience
This was amazing. Definitely recommend doing. Pretty pricey for a family but we learned and saw so much and our g
GourmandsExpedition
GourmandsExpedition
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Unique Experience but Not on My Top Things To Do in New Zealand
VISIT: end of February 2020 COMPANY: Auckland Scenic Tours I have always heard of the glowworm caves in New Zealan
skibabe74
skibabe74
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Well worth a visit!
We’ve just been to the caves, first time for me and my kids. It’s really well set up, with gentle walking paths thr
grantwalker2014
grantwalker2014
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birthday treat
what a great place to go and see the caves are amazing. the boat ride was cool and seeing all the glow worms on the
larissakal
larissakal
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Awesome
Great, fun tour. Fun for everyone. Definitely recommend doing a combo tour and seeing other caves/doing other tours
ShiffyN1
ShiffyN1
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Highly Accessible
We visited the cave with our 83-year-old dependent. The staff spotted that she needed help walking so provided us w
philw828
philw828
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Appreciated Educational tour
Having lived our whole lives in NZ and never ever having done this tour this was so worth it. Our guide is a loca
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