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Waitomo Adventures - Black Water Rafting


Incorporating the best of blackwater rafting with caving, climbing and swimming - Blackwater Rafting in the TumuTumu Cave is a great Kiwi adventure not to be missed.


  • Blackwater Rafting at it’s best – 2.5hrs underground, about twice as much time underground as any other cave in Waitomo.
  • Utterly stunning glowworm displays
  • An underground terrain that just keeps changing.
  • Small client to guide ratio – 1:6
  • FREE personalised photos

Experience a more comprehensive version of blackwater rafting with caving, climbing and swimming - is a great Kiwi adventure not to be missed!

Explore the subterranean scenery of the Tumu Tumu cave taking in the unique glowworms and amazing limestone formations created beneath the earth over millions of years. This experience is a fantastic way for almost anyone to see the wonder of Waitomo's underground world first hand.

Waitomo Adventures are a consistent Certificate of Excellence Winner with Trip Advisor and are ranked the number 1 attraction in the area with a 5-star rating - Come and see for yourself why this is a must-do attraction in an experience that will remain with you forever.

Photography: Personalised photos are provided to clients via internet at no extra charge. No client photography equipment is permitted. Please inquire if you require a private photography tour.

Fitness Test: If the guide on the day has any doubt about a client’s fitness they may ask them to prove it by completing a fitness test. One quick and simple test we may use is “to step up and down a 20 cm (8 inches) step not less than 45 times in 60 seconds”. We strongly recommend clients complete this test before they book their activity and before they travel to Waitomo. Clients may also be requested to submit to breath-testing for alcohol or other drugs. Where appropriate, guides may at their sole discretion cancel a departure or remove an unsuitable client from a departing trip for any safety-related reason.

Per Person $160.00 (please see age & weight restrictions below)

What's included

  • 5mm Wetsuit, gumboots and all specialist caving gear.
  • Hot showers provided before heading back to Waitomo.


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo


  • Important: Discount bookings cancelled by you, the customer, are strictly non-refundable. Discount bookings cancelled well in advance (48hrs+) may at the operator's sole discretion be eligible for a return voucher to enjoy the activity at another date.

    Minimum Age & Weight: 12 Years, 40kg.

    All children 15 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or mature adult known to the child and aged 18 years and older.

    Minimum 2 participants per trip. Singles waitlisted to confirm.

    Pregnancy: We do not recommend abseiling (rappelling) during the 1st and 3rd trimester due to the need to wear a tight-fitting harness across your waist during the abseil.

    All pregnant clients wishing to participate in one of our adventure options must provide a medical certificate from their General Medical Practitioner confirming that they are fit for abseiling (rappelling) and caving. This policy is required for us to comply with the NZ Adventure Safety Regulations.

  • What to bring: Swimwear, shower items, towel, and thick socks that cover the ankle.

Available Bookings from 18 Aug to 24 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 18 Aug
Fri 19 Aug
Sat 20 Aug
Sun 21 Aug
Mon 22 Aug
Tue 23 Aug
Wed 24 Aug

  • Per Person$127.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$127.00 Less than 6 at this price!

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Milad Pournik from United States wrote on 28 February 2020

Great fun

I was hesitant given my claustrophobia but ended up having a blast. Joel was a fantastic guide and made us feel safe but also gave us opportunities to challenge ourselves. He also had great information to share with us and gave us plenty of time to enjoy the glowworms. It was also great that he took photos for us and shared them with us without an extra fee. Would highly recommend this to anyone.

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Shaun from New Zealand wrote on 10 August 2022


Awesome experience, we had Amy as a guide which she was knowledgable of area and easy going good convos. Was a surprise bday prezzy for my partner when she found out on the day wasnt too happy to begin with. But big smiles afterwards from both of us. Right next door to a characteristic airbnb we stayed at and couple minutes from general store & good pub/meals!

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Hey Shaun ! The look in your partner's eye's was priceless right at the start ...but SHE DID IT ! - WELL DONE ! It's so great that she was prepared to push past her comfort zone and take it on....we love that.. That will be a birthday she wont forget in a hurry...you'd best watch out for YOUR next birthday now :)

Amber Tatton from New Zealand wrote on 07 August 2022

Amazing experience

Our guide Amy was awesome throughout, the experience was focused on the caves and the tubing was awesome. We were a little bit unlucky that the weather had recently removed a lot of the glow worms, but we managed to see some and the experience was so good that we weren't disappointed. We especially loved the pinball part of the underground play area (as they call it). Amazing experience, loved every minute - although my muscles ached a lot the day after. Its a great workout!

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Thanks very much Amber! We really appreciate your visit and hope you can come back sometime for another adventure :)

glennm9 from New Zealand wrote on 03 July 2022

Half day caving adventure

Excellent day in Waitomo navigating through a cave. Our guides drove us down to the start of the cave. The day and what the plan was outlined to us very clearly with some excellent comedy along the way. We were kitted up with our wet suits, helmet and light and off we went into the cave. Inside the cave we had a lot of fun finding tight gaps to squeeze through, mud to crawl in and water to swim and float through. Even though it was winter (and we had just jumped off a plane from hot LA) we were not cold. In the middle of the trip we had a hot drink and snack. That was very nice and rewarding. I highly recommend this experience. It’ was an awesome day that our group very much enjoyed.

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From Waitomo Adventures - Black Water Rafting

Thanks very much Glenn ! Your feedback is much appreciated - and you even liked my jokes - the perfect client ! I feel that you need to come back sometime & try the next level up - Haggas Honking Holes - in the meanwhile Cheers :)

Peg from Singapore wrote on 16 May 2022

Must Try

Amy was an amazing guide who was knowledgeable about the area as well. TUMU TUMU TOOBING was a good starting point for people who want to try caving with enough chill points as there are excitements

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Thanks Peg ! Your kind words are much appreciated. Hopefully we can get you back here in the future to try out some even more amazing options in our Underground Playground :)


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Per Person please see age & weight restrictions below

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