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Black Abyss - Ultimate Waitomo Caving Adventure Experience from Auckland

Jump deep into the abyss and experience the ultimate caving adventure in Waitomo!


  • Delve into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave in a 5 hour action packed adventure
  • Ride a roller coaster of everything caving has to offer
  • Enjoy an exhilarating mix of abseiling, flying fox, climbing and floating through unique underground river system
  • Explore and tube through ancient glowworm studded streamways
  • Underground snacks in the form for yummy New Zealand chocolate and a hot beverage
  • Convenient return transport from Auckland with snacks and water

This epic journey begins when your tour guide picks you up from Auckland before setting out on a 2-hour scenic drive to the Waikato.

Relax on board our comfortable vehicle and soak up the scenery. Have your camera at the ready as we make a scenic stop or two so you can capture New Zealand's beautiful countryside. Feel the anticipation build as we approach Waitomo and ready ourselves for an exhilarating five hours of adrenaline underground.

The 5-hour Black Abyss tour packs all the most adventurous ways to make your way through a cave into one Black Water Rafting tour. 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 stream-ways. Underground snacks in the form for yummy New Zealand chocolate and a hot beverage to fuel you for the cave exploration ahead. However, there’s no experience required, as you’ll have an experienced guide and be equipped with all the caving essentials!

​This is the most adventurous tour! If you have a “go big or go home” mantra then this Black Water Rafting tour is a must-do! A fun challenge! Experiences are all the more memorable when you push yourself out of your comfort zone or do something you have never done before. This tour definitely touches on all those aspects!

Per person $599.00

What's included

  • Fully guided return transfer from Auckland
  • Complementary refreshments and water on board
  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation
  • Entry ticket with 5 hour Black Abyss ultimate caving guided experience
  • All equipment is provided, including footwear, tubes, wetsuits, helmets, abseiling devices and safety equipment.
  • Complementary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD


  • Allow approximately 11 hours for the whole experience


  • Common Pickup Location: Mövenpick Hotel, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD


  • Minimum age: 16
  • Minimum weight restriction of 45kg+ apply.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • After booking, you will be contacted by the tour operator directly to arrange pick up details.

  • Please note: A minimum of 4 people are required for this tour to operate.

    - Attention is drawn to the fact that caving is regarded as a hazardous activity.

    - Therefore we cannot accept any responsibility for injury or property loss/damage. Waitomo reserve the right to choose not to take any person whom they consider to be unsuited for the tour (eg. physically incapable, too small).

    - All disabilities and medical conditions should be made known to our reservation office prior to tour departure.

    - To complete the Black Abyss caving adventure tour requires a moderate level of fitness.

    - Minimum age restrictions apply: you must be 16 years and 45kg. Proof of age may be required.

    - Tours only run if it is safe, which is the vast majority of the time. However, prolonged heavy rain can result in rising water levels in the caves, in which case the tours would be cancelled.

    Additional Extras: $59 Per Booking - Door to door pick up and drop off can be arranged for all suburbs in Auckland City 30 minutes prior to the booked time. Please choose this option through checkout and enter your address.

Available Bookings from 09 Aug to 15 Aug 2022

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