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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co: Black Abyss

The challenging expedition combines abseiling a breathtaking 35 metre tomo (hole), climbing waterfalls, a flying fox through the dark, before tubing down the subterranean river. It’s definitely an unforgettable journey.

Along the way 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.

Black Abyss is the ultimate adrenalin rush and the caving tour of choice for natural born adventurers everywhere.


The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is a classic New Zealand success story. Celebrate this world-first achievement and become part of the legend.

In October, the inventors of the globally unique adventure sport called Black Water Rafting celebrated 20 years of guiding half a million intrepid tourists through Waitomos underground rivers.

The anniversary recognised The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company as a highly successful kiwi world-first that still holds a unique position in global adventure tourism 20 years after its birth.

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, and float through a glowworm-studded subterranean wonderland.

The worlds first Black Water Rafting company has truly earned the title Legendary during its 20 years of successful operation.

Tourists come from all over the world for The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company experience. In fact, recently included The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company in their Top 10 Extreme Vacations list.

With two exhilarating tours, namely Black Labyrinth and Black Abyss, to choose from, there is something to suit all adventurous spirits. The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is New Zealand's first and still the best black water adventure operator. And it's also the only tour that takes you through the incomparable Ruakuri Cave.

Cave tubing involves the use of an inflated rubber inner tube, the kind you would normally find in a car or truck tyre, as a flotation device to take you down river. Each Black Water Rafting expedition includes 8-12 people and two expert guides.

Black Labyrinth is a 3 hour cave tubing excursion that calls on you to weave, jump and gently float your way through Ruakuri Caves glow worm lit underworld universe.

Black Abyss takes a slightly more vigorous approach to the same underground domain by mixing abseiling, climbing and cave tubing into a physically demanding 5 hour adventure.

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.


1 day

    • Wetsuits and footwear provided
  • Day 1 : Black Abyss
    For the ultimate in adventure caving tours, look no further than the Black Abyss. You will descend into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms and climb underground waterfalls as you test your limits on this truly unforgettable journey. The most comprehensive caving experience including an underground flying fox and waterfall climbs Abseil into Ruakuri Cave down a 35 metre tomo (hole) Test yourself on this ultimate caving adventure Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour Note: online bookings need to be made at least 48 hours prior to your arrival at the caves.
    Meals :None

  • Departs: Waitomo

    Daily tours 9am, 11am and 2pm (allow 5 hours). Additional times available in summer. Subject to weather and availability.



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Organised by Waitomo Group

Activity ID: W-1229

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