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Waitomo’s Black Abyss Guided Tour with Black Water Rafting & Zip Lining

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Explore the stunning underground Waitomo caves as you zip line through a tunnel, climb underground waterfalls, and tube through the intricate waterways.


  • Join a thrilling cave adventure in New Zealand's Waitomo Caves and explore the amazing Ruakuri Cave's Black Abyss.

  • With an expert guide, learn basic abseiling and tubing skills and start exploring this intricate natural wonder.

  • Start your adventure by abseiling 35 meters down into the dark cave and then zip-lining through a narrow passage lit up by thousands of glow worms.

  • Have a snack break and then continue your journey by tubing under a dazzling sky of glow worms and rafting over fast-flowing waters.


  • 5-hour underground cave adventure (training, abseiling, zip lining, rafting, rock climbing)

  • Expert guide

  • Safety equipment (footwear, tubes, wetsuits, helmets, abseiling devices)

  • Snack

  • Complimentary photos

  • Small group of up to 8 guests


  • Towels (available at extra cost)

  • Any other meals and drinks

  • Gratuities

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.


3 reviews
james allen



Jun, 2024

One of the best things i've ever done in NZ. Such a unique experience and amazing friendly instructors we had such a good time!
Aven Elizabeth Mason Koontz



Jun, 2024

George and Mitch were amazing and super funny. We had such a great time. Thanks!
Edward Andrus



May, 2024


Receive a safety briefing and learn the ropes of abseiling and tubing from an experienced guide before you enter the Waitomo Caves.


Slide down a rope and a device that lets you adjust your speed as you go down 35 meters into the cave. Your guides will keep an eye on you and ensure your safety at all times. Marvel at the streams that run through the cave system. Embrace the thrill of lowering yourself into the dark and discovering a new world.

Zip lining

At the bottom of the abseil, zip through the dark cave, surrounded by thousands of glow worms. The ceiling is decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, and helicities that will dazzle you. This is a fun and magical experience that you will always remember.

Snack break

After the zip line, you will have a short break to enjoy some snacks and drinks from your guides.


Next, grab a rubber tube and jump into the water. Float along the underground river, under a canopy of glow worms, and through some rapids. You can also opt to jump off a ledge into the water.


Finally, leave your tube and climb over rocks and up waterfalls, using your wetsuit’s buoyancy and your guides’ help. Explore different parts of the cave and see more amazing formations and features. Feel the adventure and the achievement as you master the cave.


You will then leave the cave, take a hot shower, and change into dry clothes. Feel free to enjoy a meal at the restaurant or cafe, or shop for some souvenirs at your own cost at Waitomo Homestead.

What to bring

  • Towel

  • Swimwear

  • Shower gel & shampoo

What's not allowed

  • Camera equipment

  • Tripod

  • Selfie sticks

  • GoPro


  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users, people with mobility issues, people with back and neck problems, and guests who don't have a moderate fitness level or are too small.

Additional information

  • All participants on this tour must weigh at least 45 kg.

  • Guests aged 16 and under are restricted from participating in this experience.

  • This tour can accommodate a maximum of 8 people in 1 group.

  • This experience operates only with a minimum of 4 guests.

  • Facilities: Lockers, Changing Rooms, Hot showers.

  • No prior caving experience is needed.

  • Your guide will take photos of you on your tour and email them to you afterward.

  • You do need to be comfortable in the water, however, swimming is not a necessity. You will have a floating tube and expert guides.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

  • Address: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand.

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Getting There

By Car

  • Take route 'New Zealand State Highway 3' to reach the meeting point.
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