Book Now - Black Odyssey

- Test yourself as you twist and turn through the Ruakuri Cave's main network and hidden passageways

- Edge over crossings high above roaring streamways, conquer thrifting rock traverses and mind-blowing heights

- You'll also spider-walk through ancient rift passages and experience the challenges of technical high rope work and flying foxes

- At every stage you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment.

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

Bring an underlayer (i.e. shorts, t-shirts and a pair of long socks) and a towel. Overalls, helmet, lights, boots and all other equipment provided.

Other Information


Given the challenges on the Black Odyssey you will need to be over 16 years and pass a ‘breathalyser‘ and 'fit test' before starting the tour.

At the end of your caving experience return to Black Water Rafting HQ for a complimentary hot shower, hearty soup and legendary Black Water bagel.

Open 364 days (close Christmas Day).

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

Please note that this experience requires a minimum of 1 seats to run (seats do not always equate to tickets).

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