Beneath the serene landscape of Waitomo, a subterranean wonderland awaits. Studded with glowworms, majestic caves and packed to the roof with thrills, Waitomo reflects its Maori meaning Wai’ translating as water and ‘tomo’ as an entrance or hole. With one of New Zealand’s lowest population densities, the region is a must see destination, home to awe inspiring wonder both above and below ground. For excitement and adventure The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company offers the rare chance to abseil, weave and jump through the Ruakuri Cave to take on this formidable underworld, 300 million years in the making.
Black Water Rafting - Waitomo Caves
Both Black Water Rafting expeditions, the Black Abyss and Black Labyrinth, take between 8-12 people led by a team of expert guides who will give you an unforgettable experience. The Black Abyss is a must for the adrenaline junkie, with five hours to abseil the 35 meter drop, climb, cave tube (black water rafting) and speed down a flying fox, with glowworms lighting your way. At just NZ$220 (or with a saving of 10% when you book online) you must be 16 years or above, with a moderate level of fitness. Bring your swimwear, towel and a craving for the thrill.
For the original Waitomo experience, opt for the Black Labyrinth tour which will take you on a classic journey through the caves, climbing, tubing, leaping over waterfalls and floating lazily down the underground river, all in less than three hours. If that doesn’t grab your attention, the vaulted limestone galleries with their curtain of glowworms are sure to keep your head above the water, until you emerge into the Waitomo forest. At the reduced price of NZ$119, again with the chance to save online, the Black Labyrinth is no compromise. It’s a breathtaking and exhilarating experience for the explorer in all of us.
Situated on New Zealand’s North Island, Waitomo is only an hours’ drive from nearby Hamilton and 2.5 hours from Auckland with the must see attractions of Taupo, Rotorua and Mount Ruapehu a short drive from its doorstep. With a choice of tour operators, make sure you don’t leave the unrivaled world of Waitomo without discovering its subterranean secret. Whether you live for the adrenaline rush or relish the thought of discovering a natural phenomenon, you are guaranteed to emerge into the daylight, mesmerised.
The GO Rentals Guy