New Zealand’s maximum-adrenaline Black Water Rafting tour
On this 5-hour adventure, you’ll abseil to the depths of the earth, zip line through a glow worm studded cave, climb underground waterfalls and tube through fast-flowing waters.
After checking in you’ll meet your expert guides, who will help you gear up and teach you the basic abseiling and tubing skills you’ll need in the cave. It’s then time to abseil 35 metres into the depths of Ruakuri Cave. The fun doesn’t stop there though, next your guide will connect you to a zip line and you’ll fly through the pitch-black cave, beneath a sky of glow worms. After a quick snack, it’s time to collect your tube and jump into the water, where you’ll float below a living sky and raft underground rapids. Your guides will then send your tubes to the top of the cave and you’ll be free to climb over rocks and up waterfalls, and float through fast-flowing waters using the buoyancy of your wetsuit. You really will test your limits on this unforgettable journey.
Once your tour finishes, warm up with a long-awaited hot shower and head to the Long Black Café for free soup and bagels.
- 584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977
- +64 7 878 6219
0800 228 464
- Open from 9am weekends (Daily during School Holidays)
- Tours depart every hour, between 9am and 2pm. Additional tours available over the summer period.
Current Departure Times:
Open from 9am weekends (Daily during School Holidays)
Tours depart hourly between 9am – 2pm
Check in 30-minutes before departure
Closed on Christmas Day
Allow 5 hours
Additional tours available over summer
- Bring swimwear & a towel
Bring shower gel and shampoo if desired
No prior caving experience needed
Swimwear and a towel.
Black Abyss tours depart from the Waitomo Homestead, located at 584 State Highway 3. Check in is 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
Allow 5 hours.
Sorry, cameras and GoPro's can't be taken on this tour. You are able to purchase tour photos after your tour.
Towels are not supplied, you must bring your own. However, in case you forget, we sell towels in the retail store – they’re pretty cool too!
You do need to be comfortable in the water, however swimming is not a necessity. You will have a tube to aid you in floating as well as expert guides.
You must be over 16 years old and over 45kg.
Yes, you do! The entire cave is a glowworm-studded wonderland.
Yes, there are separate changing rooms for males and females complete with hot showers for after your underground experience. There are also lockers to safely stow your belongings while you are underground.