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Underworld Adventures Ltd

Charleston 7865, New Zealand
+64 3-788 8168
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Great adventure, loved the caves and glowworms. Its not totally easy to access, so must have basic fitness.

Lots of walking and 135 steps to climb up, so expect a hike. The caves are amazing and well worth... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeremy M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Caving/River Riding Adventure

Well-organised, multi-faceted 4 hour adventure. Transport in shuttle then mini train, walk through... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Di D
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See our Underworld Adventures:For Underworld Rafting:Join us on a simply magical journey of discovery in the Nile River GlowWorm Caves. Float on an underground lake illuminated only by GlowWorms and admire a wonderland of Stactites & Stalagmites in one of New Zealands largest unmodified cave systems.For The Charleston GlowWorm Cave Tour:Take the “Rainforest Train” in to the Nile River Canyon Rain Forest and explore the enormous Nile River Cave System. You will view an ancient "wonderland" of stalactites and stalagmites & simply "galaxies" of Glowworms.For TeTahi Adventure Caving:This is full on expedition style caving with small numbers in one of NZ’s most sporty caves. Participants explore an amazing form cave complete with abseils, climbs, squeezes and crawls along cascading waterways.For The Nile River Rainforest Train:This is a short interpretive train ride through primeval rain forest in the Nile River Canyon. The track passes through the “The Lost World” film site. Take a short walk to The Nile Rver Suspension Bridge & The Nile River GlowWorm Caves.
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Charleston 7865, New Zealand
+64 3-788 8168
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of walking and 135 steps to climb up, so expect a hike. The caves are amazing and well worth the walk, inside the caves, the access is not brilliant - as it is all natural caves. Some low level access, whilst in a wetsuit........More

Thank Jeremy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well-organised, multi-faceted 4 hour adventure. Transport in shuttle then mini train, walk through the bush to an awesome cave system. Wind our way through the caves walking past stalagtites and stalagmites and many other shapes and features, then ride on tyres through a magnificent cavern...More

Thank Di D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A trip that just got better as we moved along. The cave system is spectacular by any comparison, and the glow worm section is the best l have seen anywhere in the world.A must do adventurer when visiting the West Coast

1  Thank ragraham2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this train ride on a recommendation from a friend and we were not disappointed. Our guide, who was fabulous and very informative, drove us a short distance in the minibus to the start of the train track. He then became the train driver...More

1  Thank deejay153
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We had the luxury of having a 'private' underwater rafting tour as it was off season in winter and it was a crazy amazing experience. The formations in the cave were actively growing and really beautiful and interesting. Andrea, our guide, was really passionate about...More

Thank scwong88
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I did the cave walk to see the glow worms what an amazing experience. Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. This tour is such great value for $120 each and lasted to around 4 hours. It was so worth it,...More

Thank HayleyRSB
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We altered our plans to try and avoid Rainey weather and ended up in a tiny town called Charleston. The cave rafting trips commence here. The scenery is stunning, the transport is unique and what you will see on the longest tour/trek is jaw dropping.i...More

Thank Chel54
Reviewed 21 May 2017

The best guided tour we did during our vacation and very unique! Calling ahead for departure times is recommended, we had just missed one tour.

Thank Kangalama
Reviewed 19 May 2017

If you ll come past Charleston you should definitely check out this amazing Tour. Its well worth it to do the Underworld Rafting and not only the walking Tour. You ll be provided with everything you ll need. If you ll get an amazing Tour...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is definitely a unique and fun experience! My guide Mark was fun and cool and every minute was really enjoyable. There's a short bus ride, a train ride, a short hike, the caves, explanations of different rooms and caves, then come the river rafting...More

Thank Daniel P
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14 November 2016|
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Response from JordiRamon | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jacek, I am in tourism and did both Waitomo lost world tour and the cave black water rafting ride in Charleston. I would say without any doubt; go for Charleston (biggest glowworm colony in the world). Waitomo is better... More
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