The Black Labyrinth - Black Water Rafting

Enjoy 3 hours of adventurous black water tubing through Ruakuri Cave!

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3 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12 yrs
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
FromNZD $142
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What's Included

  • Experienced caving guides 
  • 3 hours of black water rafting
  • Wetsuits and footwear 
  • Caving and walking
  • Cave tubing (black water rafting)
  • A small waterfall jumping

What's excluded

  • Transfers from accommodation



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.



Please note

  • You must be 12 years and 45kg+
  • In good physical condition
  • Water temperature 10-14°C / 50-57°F



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585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo, Otorohanga, 3940, New Zealand

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • Maximum of 12 people per trip.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 100% of gross charged inside 24 hours from departure
  • 100% full fee charged in case of no-show

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Tourism Holdings Limited
585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo, Otorohanga, 3940, New Zealand


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