Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

Activity provider: THL - Waitomo Caves Group
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From US$ 166.58 per person

Test your limits on an unforgettable 5-hour adventure caving experience. The Black Abyss tour will have you abseil into Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms, and climb underground waterfalls.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Test yourself on an ultimate caving adventure in the Waitomo Caves system
  • Abseil down 35-metres into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave
  • Zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms and climb underground waterfalls
  • Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour
  • Journey safely through the stunning underworld with experienced, trained guides
Full description
The Black Abyss is the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere. Expert guides will help you descend into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms, and climb underground waterfalls. Check-in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Your guide will ensure you are properly equipped and offer some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network at Waitomo Caves. After abseiling training and practice with your guide, abseil 35-meters into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glowworm-studded Ruakuri Cave. Your descent continues deeper with a flying fox zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms.  Prepare to be awed by the magnificent caves with stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse through the black water.  Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled fun as you clamber down, float through the canyon and scramble up waterfalls before resurfacing into daylight. At every stage, you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment. At the end of your exhilarating journey, enjoy a hot shower, hearty soup and bagel.  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, great coffee and friendly Kiwi service. The Long Black Cafe is a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the high energy atmosphere as excited visitors depart and arrive from their various expeditions. Internet access and merchandise are also available. 
  • 5-hour black water caving experience
  • Abseiling techniques training
  • Use of equipment (tubes, wetsuits, boots, helmets, abseiling devices, and safety equipment)
  • Hearty soup and bagel
  • Complimentary hot shower
    Not suitable for
    • People with low level of fitness
    • People over 209 lbs (95 kg)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    Meeting point

    584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel

    Not allowed

    • Cameras

    Know before you go

    • Participants must be 16 years or older and weigh at least 45 kilograms
    • A moderate level of fitness required
    • Tours run year round at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
    • All tours are subject to availability. Pending available time slots, your tour time may be different to the one requested
    • Water temperature is 10-14 degrees celsius (wetsuits and footwear are provided)
    • There is a maximum of 8 participants per tour and a minimum of 2 participants required for the tour to run
    • The Waitomo Caves are located 195 kilometres from Auckland and round-trip transport from Auckland is not included
    • Cameras and GoPro's cannot be taken on this tour
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 40 reviews

    Review summary

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    This was a wonderful adventure. Becky was an amazing guide who made the trip. She was kind, patient, knowledgable about the cave and genuinly interested in sharing the experience. I am almost 60 and traveling with my 21 year old daughter. This adventure had all the adrenaline that we needed and enough exploring to feel the awe of the cave and "glow worms".

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    February 28, 2020

    Don’t miss this!

    What an awesome experience, both exciting, a little challenging and beautiful. Professional guides who helped to make you feel safe and well looked after. The only negative, but quite irritaring, was that we were not provided with towels for the shower after the tour and that there were no showergel or soap. For that price it should be included...:(

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    March 6, 2019

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