'Black Labyrinth' Black Water Rafting in the Waitomo Caves
'Black Labyrinth' Black Water Rafting in the Waitomo Caves
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
  • Duration
    3 hrs
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Black Water Rafting is the most fun you can have in the dark, on this epic caving tour you will abseil, weave, jump and climb through the amazing Ruakuri Cave.

Travel in the footsteps of ancient Maori and float down underwater river systems in the soft glow of blue bioluminescence on this tubing excursion in Waitomo's famous Ruakuri cave...

There's an echoing silence in the heart of the Black Labyrinth, a haunting sense of spirituality left by generations of Maoris that explored this cave system with nothing but the light of burying glowworms to light the way. Explore the belly of this mighty Maori burial site and travel via the Black Labyrinth on a 3-hour subterranean adventure.

A 2-hour drive from Auckland, Waitomo is a small village on New Zealand's north island known for its extensive cave systems - namely, Ruakuri Cave. The longest underground cave in the Waitomo area of New Zealand, this spiritual urupa is made popular by its glowworm ceiling, waterfall features, and limestone formations.

An all-action subterranean adventure, groups will abseil 35m into the cave - navigating the Black Abyss route on foot and by using inflatable tubes down underground rivers. A 5-hour physically demanding course across large caverns and through tight squeezes, highlights include tubing down waterfalls, ziplining through a gallery of illuminating glowworms and climbing across deep caverns.

A temperate underground environment with a diverse and slippery terrain, water temperature varies between 10-14°C.

minimum 12 y/o
Starting time: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm,
Cancellation policy: 
flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected

Allow 3 hours
Beginner level
You must be 12 years and 45kg+
Need swimwear and towel
Water temperature 10-14°C / 50-57°F
Wetsuits and footwear provided
12 people per tour maximum
You must all check in 30 minutes prior to departure on this tour

Caving and walking
Cave tubing (black water rafting)
A small waterfall jumping

Activity requirements

You must be min. 12 years old and 45kg+ to participate.
You must all check-in 30 minutes prior to departure on this tour.

Special terms

Additional departure times from 7 am available in summer (Nov - April). To be confirmed after booking.  
The activity is subject to availability and weather conditions.
Please note: cameras and GoPro's can't be taken on this tour.

  • Cave guide
  • Tubing equipment
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Helmet & head torch
  • Harness
  • Wetsuit
  • Session photos ($ 30 NZD)
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
Meeting point
The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co, 585 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo 3977 Get directions


Average rating
5 / 5
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Just great
  • 5 / 5

Glow warm caves

  • 5 / 5

Très bonne activité, les 3 heures sont largement suffisantes. Et si vous ne voulez pas sauter, dites avec bon cœur "Hell, no !"

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