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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Is New Zealand's first and world renowned Black Water adventure operator. With over 27 years experience we invite you to become part of our legend. Experience this mysterious, magical underground world of ancient caves, rivers and waterfalls, rock formations and breathtaking glowworms.
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585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 6219
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We did the 3 Cave Package (Aranui, Ruakuri and Glowworm) which was a terrific way to explore three different kinds of caves. All three guides were knowledgeable and friendly but our guide for Ruakuri, Jim, was exceptional. His passion for the cave and its history...More

Thank windycity83
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Thankyou to Miguel, Lofty and Jess. Small and intimate group, amazing experience. Felt comfortable the whole time throughout the caving experience. Would do it all again... up the eels. :)

Thank Raymonda A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip-unforgettable! Spend the money to do the Black Abyss Tour where you abseil, zip line, tube,swim and free climb through waterfalls. This was amazing it was 5 hours - time went so quickly, made new friends through the experiences...More

Thank Elsak24
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our teenage son was the main instigator in wanting to do this experience, but so glad we all did it. We participated in the Black Labyrinth and had a ball. The guides were very accommodating, friendly and patient (especially with the six or so Asians...More

Thank Sharryn B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have done other caves and other adventures, but this stood out well above anything else I've ever done either below ground or above ground. The imagination of the designers of the trip and the implementation of the adventure is amazing. We started with an...More

Thank Slartybartfast58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really fun way to see the glowworms in Waitomo, but the worms really do take a back seat to the rafting adventure. The outfit is clearly a well oiled machine with friendly and enthusiastic young guides shuffling groups through at the given...More

Thank ttm85
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Black Abyss tour with Cory and Mitch and they were awesome! We had a total blast and got to see/do some truly incredible things. Would recommend it to anyone looking for some adventure and an opportunity to see glowworms!

Thank megansayles7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Black Abyss tour was incredible. The company itself were very helpful and acomodating. The 2 guides that took us on the tour were friendly, funny, knowledgeable and you felt safe with them. They were able to provide you with a good amount of information...More

Thank foodguru010390
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The damp NZ weather did nothing to dampen the experience! We did the Black Labyrinth tour. Our three tour guides were friendly, knowledgable and funny as well, and made us feel like we were in very safe and capable hands. After helping us pick out...More

Thank football_is_life19
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was a bit blasé because I come from an area that has glow worms. This was really cool adding the Blackwater rafting element to the experience rather than just walking through a cave or tunnel. Our two guides helped make the experience fun. I...More

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4 April 2017|
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Response from RuakuriCave | Property representative |
Some good answers here. A great way to get a discount is by joining one of the tours like Haka Tours or Kiwi Experience. Maui/britz/mighty campervans often have discount vouchers for Waitomo products, or pre purchase The... More
Sayali D
21 February 2017|
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Response from RuakuriCave | Property representative |
Hi Sayali, swimming helps but is not required for either adventure, but an understanding of the environment is. You will be walking through shallow but sometimes fast moving water (which is why the recommended weight is... More
Lucy H
3 February 2017|
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Response from RuakuriCave | Property representative |
5 feet is correct! Feels higher going backwards and in the dark, but remember all jumps are optional - just watch someone else do it first! Got any stupid mates? Logan