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Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

1. Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off a small waterfall and take in the magic of the glowworm grotto of Ruakuri Cave on this Black Labyrinth adventure. Put on your gear and learn from professionally trained guides that will take you ziplining, rafting, and caving.  Check in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Get all your equipment and instructions from your guide before you begin the subterranean journey. Leap over cascading waterfalls and weave and climb through a glowworm-studded wonderland. After an energized trip, float serenely down the underground river. Enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Ride a stream that twists and turns through a canyon, and tumble down a hidden waterfall and rock slide before emerging into the sun-dappled Waitomo forest. 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, coffee, and friendly Kiwi service. 

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4.7 / 5

based on 89 reviews

I am a female, 52, and the most strenuous workout I do is walking. This was a really exceptional experience, but I would say that you would need to be stable on your feet because you are required to walk on wobbly rocks. It was excellent and a super fun adventure that I would not have wanted to miss.

It was much more adventurous and exciting than expected. It is not just floating on a tube, but crawling through the rock tunnels and walking in a rapid water stream and the jumps into the small waterfall! What is more, you can see a lot of glow worms above your head. It was so beautiful and amazing!

Great experience even at our ages of 64 and 67. We were well looked after by the guides who explained everything very clearly. Nothing was too much trouble. Loved every minute of this adventure - the glow worms were awesome.

A great addition to a towel, think about shower gel...the showers are great...

good fun! the chocolate fish at the halfway point was a nice touch