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Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

Product ID: 140742
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Test your limits on an unforgettable 5-hour adventure caving experience. The Black Abyss tour will have you abseil into Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms, and climb underground waterfalls.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Test yourself on an ultimate caving adventure in the Waitomo Caves system
  • Abseil down 35-metres into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave
  • Zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms and climb underground waterfalls
  • Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour
  • Journey safely through the stunning underworld with experienced, trained guides
Full description
The Black Abyss is the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere. Expert guides will help you descend into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms, and climb underground waterfalls.

Check-in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Your guide will ensure you are properly equipped and offer some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network at Waitomo Caves. After abseiling training and practice with your guide, abseil 35-meters into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glowworm-studded Ruakuri Cave. Your descent continues deeper with a flying fox zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms.  Prepare to be awed by the magnificent caves with stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse through the black water. 

Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled fun as you clamber down, float through the canyon and scramble up waterfalls before resurfacing into daylight. At every stage, you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment. At the end of your exhilarating journey, enjoy a hot shower, hearty soup and bagel. 

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. 
Includes
  • 5-hour black water caving experience
  • Abseiling techniques training
  • Use of equipment (tubes, wetsuits, boots, helmets, abseiling devices, and safety equipment)
  • Hearty soup and bagel
  • Complimentary hot shower

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo, New Zealand.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
Know before you go
• Participants must be 16 years or older and weigh at least 45 kilograms
• A moderate level of fitness required
• Tours run year round at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
• 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)
• There is a maximum of 8 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
• Cameras and GoPro's cannot be taken on this tour
Customer reviews
Overall rating
5.0 / 5
based on 27 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Safety
4.9/5

Organized by

THL - Waitomo Caves Group

Product ID: 140742