DISCOVER THE MAGICAL WAITOMO CAVES
More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo Caves began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.
The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. Discover magical glowworms by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves .
Combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave ; see glowworms up close and descend a spectacular spiral entrance. In Aranui Cave be mesmerised by ornate cave decorations. For NZ rafting adventure, get your blood pumping with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co
WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES- DISCOVER NEW ZEALAND’S NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS
World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
RUAKURI CAVE-DISCOVER WAITOMO’S LONGEST UNDERGROUND GUIDED WALKING TOUR
According to Maori legend, Ruakuri Cave (‘rua’ meaning den, and ‘kuri’ meaning dog) was first discovered 400-500 years ago by a young Maori hunting for birds. He was attacked by wild dogs just outside the original cave entrance.
ARANUI CAVE – WAITOMO’S BEST KEPT SECRET
Aranui cave is set in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, 5 minutes drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It is named after Ruruku Aranui, the local Maori man who first discovered this previously hidden gem back in 1910.
UNDERGROUND CAVING & RAFTING ADVENTURE OPTIONS
The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is New Zealand’s first black water cave rafting adventure operator. We’ve been sharing thrills and excitement since 1987, and have experienced guides who will take you safely through the stunning underworld of Ruakuri Cave.
What began as a special treat for a brave few has developed into a spectacular tourism attraction that gives visitors of all ages the chance to abseil, weave, jump, climb, and float through a glowworm-studded subterranean wonderland at Waitomo Caves.
With exhilarating caving & rafting tours, namely Black Abyss, Black Labyrinth and the Black Odyssey, to choose from, there is something to suit all adventurous spirits. The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is New Zealand’s first black water rafting adventure operator. And it’s also the only tour that takes you through the incomparable Ruakuri Cave.
Each Waitomo Caves Black Water Rafting expedition includes around 6-12 people guided by expert guides who will support and encourage you through the whole breathtaking caving tour.
Our friendly, knowledgeable local guides have helped The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. achieve an excellent safety record over many years. They can help you step outside yourself and leave with a huge sense of accomplishment.
AN AWESOME UNDERGROUND CAVING & RAFTING ADVENTURE, SIMPLY AMAZING!
Challenge yourself on this extreme dry caving adventure. Experience a range of different caving techniques to complete this journey that will seriously stretch your limits.
Black Abyss is the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere.Descend into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave. This five hour expedition combines abseiling the 35 metre tomo, climbing, whizzing down a flying fox and cave tubing underneath glow worms into one unforgettable journey.
At every stage you’re accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment.
This is the original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping, through Ruakuri Cave.Over three hours you’ll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above.
Your journey concludes when you emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo forest.
MIDDLE EARTH TRILOGY -ADVENTURE PACKED TRILOGY COMBINES SOME OF THE BEST NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND HAS TO OFFER
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour™ at Hobbiton Black Labyrinth with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Steambox experience at Te Puia
A New Venue in Waitomo – Waitomo Homestead
Introducing Waitomo Homestead, an exciting venue providing visitors a warm welcome to this very special area! You will find us on State Highway 3 just prior to the Waitomo turnoff – be sure to come and visit, stretch your legs, grab a bite to eat – and learn about the region and experiences on offer.
Waitomo Homestead serves here a range of delicious food and beverages with a refurbished restaurant offering both open air and indoor dining.
Soak in the unique Waitomo landscape on our expansive deck – the perfect place to enjoy this beautiful rural setting and enjoy our garden views.
Waitomo Trail Run
We welcome the first Waitomo Trail Run to Waitomo on April 30th, 2016!
Offering 6, 11, 22 or 33 km options – the Waitomo Trail Run promises to be a true New Zealand underground and overground adventure – for kids, families, first timers and the more experienced runner!
We can’t think of a better reason to book in a weekend in Waitomo!
Register your run at www.waitomotrailrun.co.nz and make a weekend out of it.
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