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THL - Waitomo Caves Group

Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

5.0 hours

Large group

Free Cancellation

What to Expect

Test your limits with this thrilling caving tour at the Waitomo Caves. Abseil into the Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms, and climb underground waterfalls.


Go on the ultimate caving adventure at the Waitomo Caves. Satisfy your inner adrenaline junky on this guided tour into the depths of Ruakuri Cave. Zipline through otherworldly glowworms, and splash through underground waterfalls. Check-in in Waitomo where your guide will ensure you are properly equipped and offer some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network of the Waitomo Caves.  Practice abseiling with your guide to ensure you feel confident before abseiling down 35-meters into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glowworm-studded Ruakuri Cave. Descend deeper with a flying fox zipline that passes through an area that is abundant with glowworms. Prepare to be awed by stunning stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse through the dark water.  Enjoy adrenaline-fueled fun as you clamber down, float through the canyon, and scramble up waterfalls before resurfacing into daylight. At the end of your exhilarating journey, enjoy a hot shower, hearty soup, and a bagel.  End at the Long Black Café, 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 at this point. 


  • Test yourself on an ultimate caving adventure in the Waitomo Caves system
  • Abseil down a 35-meter drop into the dark depths of the cave of Ruakuri
  • Zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms and climb waterfalls
  • Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour
  • Journey safely through the stunning underworld with your trained guides


  • 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

Health Advisory

  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

Health Requirement

  • 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)

Additional Information

  • If you are late or miss your scheduled tour time your ticket(s) are forfeited and non-refundable. New bookings will incur the full tour cost and due to high demand and limited capacity tours are subject to availability
  • You must check in 30 minutes before the activity departs
  • Participants must be 16 years or older and weigh at least 45 kilograms
  • A moderate level of fitness required for this tour
  • All tours are subject to availability
  • Water temperature is 10-14 degrees Celsius, so wetsuits and footwear are provided
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required for the tour to run
  • The Waitomo Caves are located 195 kilometers from Auckland and round-trip transport from Auckland is not included
  • Cameras and GoPro's cannot be taken on this tour


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$284.03 NZD

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