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Underworld Adventures Ltd

Charleston 7865, New Zealand
+64 3-788 8168
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Absolutely do this!

Really multiple adventures rolled into one-very cool rain forest train ride, hiking, caving, cave... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jan P
An excellent experience enjoyed by young and old. Very much recommended.

We were not at all sure if this activity would be right for us (2 x 60+ year olds!) but we are so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jenga22
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Surrey, UK
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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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“cave system” (31 reviews)
“glow worms” (157 reviews)
“train ride” (78 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Charleston 7865, New Zealand
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+64 3-788 8168
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really multiple adventures rolled into one-very cool rain forest train ride, hiking, caving, cave rafting under a spectacular galaxy of glow worms and then rafting back through the rain forest. The fun and knowledgeable tour guide and whole team back at the start are great....More

Thank Jan P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not at all sure if this activity would be right for us (2 x 60+ year olds!) but we are so glad we signed up. We had a great guide who was knowledgeable and fun. All aspects of the trip were great but...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just did the cave tour and raft trip with teenage son. It was excellent. This must be one of the best caves in the world. Lots of formations and a massive glow worm colony. Being mid winter it was quiet so we had the guide...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing prepared my thirteen year old grandson and I for the sight of those huge limestone bluffs in the valley at the end of the drive past the remnants of old Charleston...and the emerging of a quirky Morrie 1000 powered train...and the ascent to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by on the off chance on the way to Westport and had one of the best days we have had in our time in NZ. Fortunately it is the winter so not so many tourists visiting so there was a gap and just...More

Thank Nicholas T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience and our guides are what made the experience for us. We had a very diverse group from me who spent several years in a wheelchair and my 70+ parents. Our group was 9 individuals from different countries and two guides....More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Booking was a breeze. When we arrived we were met by lovely staff. While we waited for our tour guide (Andrea) we bought ourselves coffee from the cafe which was lovely. We highly recommend booking the tour - glow worms and cave. Kids loved the...More

Thank Ashlynn28
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

We just happened upon this place in passing. Popped in for a coffee and booked ourselves in on the spur of the moment for an underworld rafting adventure. Wow what a great experience and compared to other adventures was much cheaper. A quaint train ride,...More

Thank Clinton F
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

We had been adviced to go on this tour by several locals and it fully lived up to their recommendations. We were the only two on the tour and our guide Peter gave us all the time we wanted to take in the beauty of...More

Thank Tejs N
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

It has to be awesome when getting there involves taking a bus to a train through the rain forest just to get to the cave. The wet suits and hard hats are a fashion plus. Our guide was amazing in explaining all the coolness the...More

Thank Christravelingaround
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Bernice P
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Response from GreensinOz | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we had swimming stuff on underneath everything else.. so just need that, towels and toiletries and warm clothes.. it is wonderful!!!
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jkkwiatkowski
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Response from Alys847 | Reviewed this property |
I have been to both Te Anau and Waitomo caves. I would recommend the Charleston Cave as the more enjoyable experience of the three. Smaller cave but a much more intimate experience and the stalactites absolutely amazing... More
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