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Charleston - Black Water Rafting - 4 Hours

Underworld Rafting - BLACK WATER RAFTING

This is one of the great cave experiences you will remember for a long time.

The 4 hour Black Water Rafting adventure in the Paparoa National Park stands out as an experience that let you explore, understand and enjoy a journey through an unmodified ancient cave system, so you can experience the unique feeling to step back in time entering this amazing place.

You are fitted out with wet suits, wet suit booties, gloves and a helmet at our company base at Charleston (25 mins south of Westport and 25mins north of Punakaiki ) before embarking on your adventure. With your cave buddies your guide will take you to The Nile River Rainforest Train to journey through the sub-tropical appearing typical West Coast rain forest surrounded by towering limestone cliffs of the Nile River Canyon.

Once arrived at our train station in the rainforest a short walk and a short climb up some steps leads to the entrance of the cave system. Entering the darkness you will explore the ancient voids of the enormous Nile River Cave System where you meander through a calcitic paradise of stalactites and stalagmites in the upper dry levels of the cave.

Once down in the lower active levels of the cave, you will discover and experience a place you won’t forget that quickly - a slow moving underground river illuminated by a ceiling coated in a mesmerizing glowworm colony. On this river you will float in your tube out of the cave using only the natural light of this simply breathtaking display of glow worms.

You will emerge from the cave into a remote and untouched rainforest covered limestone valley leaving its tranquility floating down the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids to where you started your adventure.

Returning on the Nile River Rainforests Train a hot shower awaits at our base in Charleston.

This is an award winning journey at its best.

 

Information

  • Must be 10 years or over
  • Water confidence required
  • Suitable for waterproof cameras only
  • Swimwear and a towel required
  • Allow 4 hours from our Charleston Base
  • Trips depart 9am, 11.30am, 2.00pm (Winter 10.00am, 12.30pm)
  • We photograph your trip with free downloads
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    ​ Date/Time Change

    Changes to the date and time of the adventure have to be made 24 hours prior to the original booked departure time on BookMe and has to be arranged directly with the operator. Confirmation of the new date or time for the adventure is subject to approval by the operator. The price will be the full retail price with the difference to be paid directly to the operator.

    NZD $185 per adult, $150 per child (16 Years old and under)

    Available Bookings from November 14 to November 20

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    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    7spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    3spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    2spaces priced from:

    • Adult$166.50
    • Child$150.00

    1spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    7spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    5spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    3spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    1spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    4spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    5spaces priced from:

    • Adult$185.00
    • Child$150.00

    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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    Eilidh from United Kingdom wrote on 01 June 2019

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    Absolutely amazing - a must do!!!

    The staff were amazing very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely a once in a life time activity and a must do!

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    Justine Graham from United States wrote on 14 December 2018

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    Awesome Experience!

    This was a great experience! We had a lovely time from start to finish. The amenities are great and the attached cafe was awesome for breakfast before and lunch after (Charleston is tiny and there isn't too much else around). Our guide Kylie was super knowledgeable and we learned so much from her about the caves, formations, glow worms, and surrounding rain forest and river. As an added bonus, they limit the groups to 8 people so it feels really personalized. The glow worm display was nothing short of amazing and the tubing was really fun! They don't let you bring anything with you in the caves as they're worries about damaging things but they take pictures for you and give them to you for free which is great. This is definitely a must do activity if you're in the area.

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    Elena Pina from Spain wrote on 26 November 2018

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    Nice!

    It was a nice experience, was a pity the low level of river but this it's question the weather, but there were a amazing galaxy of worms... More than in others caves!

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    Susette Weisheit from United States wrote on 09 February 2018

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    Definitley worth it!

    We very much enjoyed our trip into the cavern. The trip definitely exceeded our expectations. As river guides in US, we have high expectations of a tours, the experience and our local guide Mark fulfilled our hopes. The person at the front desk needs customer service training but that did not dampen our enjoyment of the trip but indicates the company needs to pay a bit more attention and lost them a star here.

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    Victoria from New Zealand wrote on 30 January 2018

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    Incredible Experience

    Amazing experience, the caves were spectacular Our guide Hillary was great she was friendly and informative This tour has been on my wish list for a while, I was initially reluctant because of the price, but after doing this tour it is so worth it, you will not be disappointed! I was amazed at how open the caves are there was no squeezing through narrow tunnels Also because you are with a group and there are several head torches lighting up the way you can see all the formations within the cave really clearly The rafting part is fun, the glow worms are There were 8 of us on the tour I found being in a small group was great as it gave the tour a more personal feel

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