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The Black Water Labyrinth With Black Water Rafting Co.
From $161.09pp

Float down an underground river, jump off waterfalls and take in the sights of the glow worms of Ruakuri Cave on this 3 hour rafting adventure

Steeped in history, the Waitomo Caves are worth a visit for all but for the adventurous types The Black Water Rafting Company offers the most popular experiences. An adventure like no other, Black Water Rafting is a bucket list must-do and guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Head 80-metres below ground, raft in tubes through underground rapids, jump off waterfalls and float below a sky of glow worms, all whilst exploring one of New Zealand’s most diverse cave systems.

After checking in and meeting your 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.

After your trip, you are able to warm up with a hot shower and enjoy the on-site cafe at the Waitomo Homestead, where the tour will finish.

Trip Intinerary

The Black Water Abyss Itinerary

Once you’ve checked in it’s time to meet your guides, and you’ll figure out quickly that you’re in good hands. Our guides are some of the friendliest and most-passionate cavers around, and they know Ruakuri like the back of their hands. They’ll get you kitted out in a wetsuit, rubber boots and helmet, before taking some pre-cave team photos for you.
Then it’s time for a practice run. If you’re doing the Black Labyrinth, this means perfecting jumping into the water in a tube. If you’re doing the Black Abyss, you’ll get to practice basic abseiling skills ahead of your 35-metre abseil into the caves.
Then it’s time to head into the caves. For team Black Abyss this means getting rigged up and doing an exhilarating abseil into the depths of the cave. Of course, your guide will be there to keep you safe and take some photos. You’ll then be hooked up to a zip line, and proceed to fly through the pitch-black cave.
For both tours, it’s then time to get in your tubes and raft the underground river, below a sky of glow worms. You’ll also get to raise your adrenaline levels and jump off a few waterfalls. For those on the Black Abyss, you’ll have extra time to explore the cave tube-free, including climbing up waterfalls and floating through the caves. Guides will be on hand with sweet treats throughout both tours to keep your energy levels up.
Once your tour is over you’ll head back, remove your caving gear and get to enjoy a well-earnt hot shower, then onto the Waitomo Homestead, where this tour ends. The photos your guide took on your tour will be sent straight to your email, so check them out there!

Inclusions & Extras


  • Protective Gear Included
  • Informative & Historic Teachings Of The Area
  • Snacks Included
  • Ziplining
  • Introductory Abseiling & Tubing Skills
  • Tubing
  • Waterfall Jumps

Not Included

  • Alcohol
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

What to bring

  • Swimwear & Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras
  • Insect Repellant
  • Shower Gel & Shampoo (If Desired)

Pick Ups & Departures

Limited Availability :
Open daily
Check in 30-minutes before departure
Allow 5 hours for the adventure
Additional tours available over Summer

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or changes to your booking must be made by phone to the Discover Waitomo office at least 24 hours ahead of the booked experience. Cancellations or changes made within 24 hours of the booked experience occurring are 100% non-refundable. Cancellations made prior to 24 hours of the booked experience occurring are refundable. In the case of a cancellation where a refund is allowed, the refund will be made to the card used in the original transaction method.

Cancellations or changes by operator
Discover Waitomo reserves the right to cancel bookings as a result of health and safety concerns, weather conditions, or unforeseen events or circumstances. In the event that your experience is cancelled by the operator, you will be entitled to a 100% refund of your purchase.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should i do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

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