- Experienced caving guides
- 3 hours of black water rafting
- Wetsuits and footwear
- Caving and walking
- Cave tubing (black water rafting)
- A small waterfall jumping
- Transfers from accommodation
WHAT TO EXPECT
Feeling adventurous? Then this black water rafting tour is a must-do for you! Our experienced guides are ready to accompany you on an unforgettable journey through Ruakuri Cave.
Unique subterranean adventures
Join this unique subterranean adventure! Release your inner daredevil and try out this climbing, black water tubing and leaping adventures through Ruakuri Cave.
This 3-hour adventure will encourage you to take leaps of faith. Conquer cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river. Admire the marvellous lights of glowworms on the way through the vaulted limestone galleries. The journey ends when you emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo forest.
About Ruakuri Cave
According to Maori legends, a young Maori hunting for birds first discovered Ruakuri Cave (rua = den; kuri = dog) 400-500 years ago. Wild dogs attacked him just outside the original cave entrance. The cave was re-opened in 2005, and is now an amazing example of natural cave structure and engineering.
Ruakuri Cave has an abundance of glowworms. It is filled with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites formed over millions of years. Another natural wonder includes softly folding shawl-like formations which are formed by flowing rivers. Fossilised seashells indicate how the caves were part of the seabed a long time ago.
585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo, Otorohanga, 3940, New Zealand
What to bring?
Swimwear and towel
- You must be 12 years and 45kg+
- In good physical condition
- Water temperature 10-14°C / 50-57°F