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Address: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
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+64 7-878 6219
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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Is New Zealand's first and world...

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Is New Zealand's first and world renowned Black Water adventure operator. With over 27 years experience we invite you to become part of our legend. Experience this mysterious, magical underground world of ancient caves, rivers and waterfalls, rock formations and breathtaking glowworms.

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Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour
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Beautiful Glow Worms!

I got out of my comfort zone for this one! I had never been in a cave before and was a bit nervous. But our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and kept us safe the whole time. As... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Savannah M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I got out of my comfort zone for this one! I had never been in a cave before and was a bit nervous. But our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and kept us safe the whole time. As you float along you get to see the glow worms, which I had never seen before. They shine so brightly in the darkness... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Thank you Savannah M! Nice review. Logan More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had an amazing time on the Black Labyrinth tour. This was one of the highlights of our honeymoon in NZ! I experience some anxiety and was anxious about the caves and small spaces. There was a tight space at the very beginning of the caves (a very low ceiling that you pass through in your tube),... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Great positive perspective of the realities of caving! Cold but bearable, some small places, but no squeezes, great staff and a memorable glowworm experience! Thanks Megan B! Logan More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the Black Legend which was floating through the caves in rubber tubes while looking at glow worms and jumping off waterfalls. Our guides were fantastic and explained what we were doing and gave a helping hand when needed. The whole thing takes about 3 hours and this includes hot showers, soup and bagels afterwards.

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Awesome review of the Black Labyrinth, thanks! More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fun experience that could accommodate for a large group of friends. The glowworms were an amazing site but besides that the "waterfall jumps" were a little underwhelming. Most of the time you are lazing on your tube in pitch darkness. Inside the caves was terribly cold and no photography could be taken inside which was a shame.... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing, deejayyyg, and apologies for this not living up to your expectations. As for "Most of the time you are lazing on your tube in pitch darkness"- if you struck out "in pitchdarkness" and added "under thousands of glowworms" thenyou have described exactly what "black water rafting" is all about. If only you were looking up! I agree... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this trip (even though it is a bit pricey) and I am certain it is the best way to see the caves and the glow worms while doing something a little different. Thoroughly recommend it!

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Thanks! More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant trip on Black Labyrinth, ably looked after by Tim and Cam. Some of the kit was showing signs of wear, but given the terrain this should be expected. At each stage there was a careful, but not excessive brief. Not wanting to give anything away, this is a recommendation for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Thanks for keeping it secret - you need to try it to find out! Well done Tim & Cam. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great cave and the experience could be the best in town but the guides were terrible, you could tell it was just a job for them. Also Made us feel weird for wanting to have fun outside the "guided" tour. For example I loved being in the water even thow it was freezing but it was so much fun. Over... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Hi Peter M, Thanks for the review and sorry our guides' behaviour affected your experience. Hopefully you passed this constructive criticism on at the time so the guides could be spoken to and given a chance to improve. If not, please email me details of your tour time & date so we can investigate. Waitomo Adventures certainly have some great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the Black Abyss where I probably bit off more than I chewed. :) but it was a great experience. In large part because Rob and Nikki (sp?) were such great guides. They were fun, strong and safety conscious. Big thank you to them.

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Well done for conquering the Abyss! Thanks for the review on the tour and guides. Logan More 

New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 5 hour Black Abyss tour was one of the most amazing tours we did in New Zealand. The guides were fantastic and clearly know and enjoy what they are doing. My husband and I joined a group of about 6 other people. You start repelling into the cave, zip line in the dark through the cave and then jump... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Nice one, thanks Tory! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took this five-hour long activity which involved abseiling, wading in cold waters, zip lining, crawling, floating, swimming, and rock climbing. A bit of all. The experience was great, the tour guides were well experienced. They gave good instructions and practice sessions at the start. Once inside the caves, it's pitch black if the lights are shut. And zip lining... More 

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RuakuriCave, Manager at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Black Abyss delivers again! Point taken about the photos cost - we're working on this, your point about the eel - it is definitely not friendly! Hungry would be a better description... Logan. More 

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