New Zealand’s maximum-adrenaline Black Water Rafting tour
Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off waterfalls and take in the magic of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave, on this 3-hour adventure.
After checking in and meeting your friendly and passionate guides, it’s time to gear up and test out your tubing skills. Once you’re comfortable in your tube you’ll enter the cave through a hole in the rock and be straight into the underground waters. Spend the next 3 hours weaving around and climbing over rocks, jumping off not-too-high waterfalls, floating beneath a sky of glow worms, and most importantly, having the most fun you’ve ever had in the dark.
After your trip, warm up with a hot shower and enjoy the free soup and bagels that will be waiting for you at the Long Black Café.
- 585 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves
- +64 7 878 6219
0800 228 464
- Open from 9am daily, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)
- Tours depart every 90 minutes daily, between 9am and 3pm. Additional tours available over the summer period.
Current Departure Times:
Open from 9am daily, 7 days a week
Tours depart every 90 minutes between 9am – 3pm
Check in 30-minutes before departure
Closed on Christmas Day
Allow 3 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. Wetsuits are provided.
Black Labyrinth tours depart daily from the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. located at 585 Waitomo Caves Rd. Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
Allow 3 hours.
Sorry, cameras and GoPro's can't be taken on this tour for safety reasons. You are able to purchase 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 12 years old and over 45 kg.
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.
Two adults and two youth.