Book Now - Black Abyss

- An exhilarating caving experience blending the magic of abseiling, flying fox, climbing and floating through unique underground river system

- Slip spider-like down into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave and ride a roller coaster of everything caving has to offer.

- Explore and tube through ancient glowworm studded streamways

- Designed for people with a moderate level of fitness, the five hour invigorating journey includes a snack and a minimum of two hours exhilarating underground adventure

- Bookings essential

Average Duration: 5 hours

About The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is New Zealand’s first black water rafting adventure operator. We’ve been sharing thrills and excitement since 1987, and have experienced guides who will take you safely through the stunning underworld of Ruakuri Cave.

What began as a special treat for a brave few has developed into a spectacular tourism attraction that gives visitors of all ages the chance to abseil, weave, jump, climb, and float through a glowworm-studded subterranean wonderland at Waitomo Caves.

585 Waitomo Caves Road,
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo, Waitomo 3977

Dress Code

Need swimwear and towel. Wetsuits and footwear provided as water temperatures are at 10-14°C / 50-57°F

Other Information


Customer Safety is our main priority! Prior to descent, you will be sufficiently trained in abseiling techniques and all equipment supplied include tubes, wetsuits, boots helmets, abseiling devices and safety equipment.

To join this tour you must be over 16 years of age and have an average fitness level. Participants must be at least 45kg in weight.

Enjoy a complimentary hot shower, soup and bagel at Black Water Rafting HQ.

Open 364 days (close Christmas Day).

Please consider the environment before printing this email. We do not require a printed confirmation of your booking.

During the busy summer season we advise booking is essential so please book in advance.


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Sun, 25 Feb 2018

Morning Start
9:00am Session

Mon, 26 Feb 2018

Morning Start
8:00am Session

Tue, 27 Feb 2018

Morning Start
7:00am Session 8:00am Session 11:00am Session
Afternoon Start
12:00pm Session 1:00pm Session

Wed, 28 Feb 2018

Morning Start
7:00am Session 8:00am Session
Afternoon Start
12:00pm Session 1:00pm Session

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