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Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Tour - 4 hrs

This dry caving adventure while surprisingly gentle is an elating experience not to be missed! Just ask Tom Cruise - he's done it 4 times!


  • New Zealand’s largest and arguably most breathtaking commercial cave
  • The unforgettable 100m abseil – the world’s highest commercial abseil into a cave
  • Beautiful glow worm display
  • 30m ladder climb out of the cave system
  • Small tour numbers, max 8 persons 1:4 guide to client ratio
  • Free personalised photos

Your journey to another world begins with an abseil 100m below the earth's surface secured by your guide who descends alongside you.

Slowly you lower into the void, turning on the rope like a spider as the world transforms around you. The light filtering through the mist gives unearthly qualities to the unusual plant life and formations of the cave.

The cavern you have abseiled (rappelled) into is over twice the height of any other cave in Waitomo and it's beauty and grandeur are unsurpassed.

From here you embark on a subterranean adventure back to the surface through another giant cavern. You'll see glow worms, huge limestone formations and conquer a 30-metre long ladder climb.

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 the internet at no extra charge. No client photography equipment is permitted. Please inquire if you require a private photography tour.

Location: 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo

Fitness Test: If the guide(s) on the day have 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.

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.

Per Person $425.00 (Min age 10 years - please see age restrictions below)

What's included

  • Boots, overalls and specialist caving gear.


  • 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: 10 Years. All children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or mature adult known to the child and aged 18 years and older. 
  • What to bring: Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing (Jeans not advised due to being potentially restricting) and thick socks that cover the ankle.

Available Bookings from January 19 to January 25

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Per Person$298.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$298.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$297.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$298.00 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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Jordan Harris from New Zealand wrote on 22 December 2020

4 hour lost world

It was unreal - the photos don’t do it justice. Highlight of our trip was our guide Joel, he was comforting, knowledgeable and a fab photographer. Would highly recommend this trip!

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Janice from Philippines wrote on 16 April 2021

Highly Addictive!

I had such an amazing time abseiling down the 100m cave. My guide Craig was very knowledgeable and I felt safe from the time I put on my harness until I took it off at the end of the journey. :) Felt like Lara Croft for a day. ⭐️ I couldn’t enough! Will defo come back soon! 🤗

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From Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Tour - 4 hrs

You were a veritable ray of sunshine in our Waitomo underworld - well done !

isabellel from Canada wrote on 25 March 2020

A must-do activity!!

Just... amazing. We got there during a rain shower, but that only made it more magical. I usually have vertigo, but the way the canyon is made tricks the eye and made me really comfortable! ABSOLUTELY a must-do! You don't even need to be extra fit, it's a thrill well worth the price! Our guide, Luke, was super awesome and let us set the pace at key points in the cave. Cannot recommend enough! <3

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marcoc3 from United Kingdom wrote on 03 March 2020


Fantastic experience, loved every moment of it! The rappelling is a really unique experience, the cave is impressive and the all place is almost unreal. Safety is always very well taken care of, we had a person in our group who never rappelled before and he had no trouble at all(so don’t let that scare you, you would miss big!), the guide was always supportive and engaging. Glow warms show at the end of the trek inside the cave. Climbing back up from the ladder was also great, there was absolute no rush so I could stop a couple of times to admire the rock formation or simply to look down into the abyss:) I would (and will)definitely do it again.

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isabellec from Australia wrote on 01 January 2020

Most awesome experience in my life!

Initially very daunting when you get ready for the drop but once you get going you forget all your fears as you are overwhelmed by the surroundings. The name The List World is Spot on! The guides, Shawna and Scott where extremely patient and informative and made our experience exceptional. Worth the money spent as you will always remember this trip. Loved that they took care of all the photos so you could just enjoy the day and take everything in!

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