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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co: Black Labyrinth

Climb down into nature’s underground network, where streams spill, twist and turn to build a river canyon. You’ll guide with the water through the glowworm studded underworld of Ruakuri Cave take leaps of faith over cascading underground waterfalls, catch glimpses of daylight through a 65 metre tomo (hole) and float serenely down river as you enjoy the glowworm show on the vaulted limestone galleries above.

Your journey concludes when you emerge into the sunlight of the lush native Waitomo forest


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
  • Day 1 : Black Labyrinth
    The original Waitomo black water rafting tour that will have you exploring and tubing through mysterious Ruakuri Cave. Grab a group of mates, some rubber tubes, and let’s take you on an unreal underground adventure you will never forget. Float down the underground river in rubber tubes while admiring the glowworm displays above Become part of the legend on Waitomo’s original legendary black water rafting adventure Jump into cascading underground waterfalls, reflecting the glowworms above Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour
    Meals :None


    Departs: Waitomo

    Daily tours at 9am, 10.30am. 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm (Allow 3 hours). Additional times available in summer. Subject to weather and availability.



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Organised by Waitomo Group

Activity ID: W-1228

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