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Address: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-878 6219
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08:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 21:00
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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Is New Zealand's first and world...

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Is New Zealand's first and world renowned Black Water adventure operator. With over 27 years experience we invite you to become part of our legend. Experience this mysterious, magical underground world of ancient caves, rivers and waterfalls, rock formations and breathtaking glowworms.

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a great experiance

we had a great time, we ran a tad late but the company was very accommodating and got us to our tour just in time. Tyler and Alister were wonderful guides! the tour is what you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Silverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we had a great time, we ran a tad late but the company was very accommodating and got us to our tour just in time. Tyler and Alister were wonderful guides! the tour is what you make it, we were super excited and just a generally fun bunch to be around. We were with a larger group of people and... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My friend and I enjoyed this trip into the depth of the caves a lot. The drifting down through the cold waters with plenty of guide help was awesome. We are 49 and 55 and in good health, but did find the hiking on very craggy surfaces tough on older knees and joints. No damage, but we were more cautious... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I booked this tour for the last day of our trip to New Zealand, and it did not disappoint! Our guides, Simon and Jess, were very entertaining and had us all laughing during the tour, which was so awesome. We did the black abyss tour, which started with a 100ft abseiling descent. We got to zipline and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went on the Black Labyrinth tour and found it to be astounding. The guides we had were knowledgeable and fun. The glow worms themselves looked like if you were viewing the milky way on a clear night. Jumping off the small waterfalls was a nice addition! We recommend everyone to give it a go!

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Kawerau, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked to do the Black Abyss tour as we had to cancel our previous booking due to the flooding earlier in the year, so glad we went back and did this tour. Once you are kitted out in your wetsuits and boots, you get in some abseiling training before you start your abseil for real, once all down you start... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were happily greeted by Tyler, and told it would just be our family group on the tour for our selected time slot. We were introduced, and given wetsuits and safety gear. After having a practice run, we quickly made our way into the caves. Our guides were so informative... and non-judgmental as a few in our family group have... More 

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This adventure was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Would I have signed up for this if I knew everything involved in this 5 hour tour beforehand? No way!!! But I accomplished and succeeded in ways I didn't even know possible. It was very far outside my comfort zone- including ziplining in pitch black darkness and free climbing up waterfalls... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had great guides Hunter & George. Really enjoyed the tour, had some fun times and also learnt about the caves and the glowworms. Even got a mud mask. A lot of floating mixed with a few jumps, which I enjoyed, and some walking/tripping on the rocks.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Legendary indeed. Amazing unique experience. I did the Labryinth tour and loved it. Our guides were all awesome, full of jokes and fun - and it was something you have to do if you're in the area! Amazing amazing fun! Merch is awesome too but didn't have my sizes! Only issue would be my girlfriend getting injured in the cave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Black Water Rafting Co. was a great pick! We went on the Black Abyss tour with Malin and Simon and we loved every minute of it (abseiling, zip-lining, rafting, and waterfall climbs). Their instruction was thorough but not overbearing and their knowledge on the cave formation, history, and glowworms were top notch. The staff were safety conscious and professional... More 

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