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Adventure Caving

New Zealand’s caves are often wet, muddy and only 12˚ Celsius all year round. We recommend wearing polypro, polar-fleece or wool to avoid getting too cold when adventure caving underground. We also wear overalls over our thermal underwear to protect them from the mud and stop our pants being pulled off when we go through really tight “squeezes”! Click here to see what clothing we think students should bring on camp when participating in New Zealand adventure caving.

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company - Black LabyrinthThe Legendary Black Water Rafting Company – Black Labyrinth

(Y9 and Up) $65 per person on weekdays, $72 per person on weekends.

  • The original cave tubing trip through the Ruakuri Cave system. An exhilarating under ground experience incorporating glowworms, crystal formations, jumps, waterfalls and lots of fun. Swimsuit and towel required. Helmets, wetsuits, boots, guides and light snack provided. Hot showers, soup and bagels included afterwards. Allow 3 hours. Maximum 12 people (including adults) per trip, with each trip leaving at 45 minute intervals. Click here for the Black Labyrinth RAMS.

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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company - Black AbyssThe Legendary Black Water Rafting Company – Black Abyss

(Y11 and Up) $115 per person weekdays, $140 per person on weekends.

  • Explore a magical combination of abseiling, caving, a flying fox, cave tubing and waterfall climbs. Float under a galaxy of glowworms. Swimsuit, towel and toiletries required. Two guides per trip, helmets, lights, wetsuits, boots and a light snack provided. Hot showers, soup and bagels afterwards. Allow 5 hours. Maximum group size of 8 people per trip. Click here for the Black Abyss RAMS.

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Zweiholen CaveZweiholen Cave

(Y9 and Up) $45 per person. Start, finish and payment is at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company.

  • Zweiholen is an upper level entrance to Gardner’s Gut cave (longest cave in the North Island). The walk to the cave entrance is through Ruakuri bush reserve. A wide range of impressive cave formations can be seen, including the largest stalagmite in New Zealand. An abseil or ladder descent takes you to the lower underground stream level. Water levels in the stream vary but you will get wet and muddy. You also have the opportunity to crawl through a long and challenging squeeze (there is an alternative route) before exiting beneath hundreds of enormous cave weta on the ceiling. Helmets, lights and guides provided. Hot drink and snack provided in the cave. Allow 4 hours. Maximum group size of 10 people per trip. Click here for the Zweiholen RAMS.

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Downstream GardnersDownstream Gardners

(Y7 and Up) $30 per person. Start, finish and payment is at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company.

  • Downstream Gardners is a stream passage through the longest cave in the North Island. The walk to the cave entrance is through Ruakuri bush reserve. Water levels in the stream vary but you will get wet and muddy. You also have the opportunity to crawl through a long and challenging squeeze (there is an alternative route) before exiting beneath hundreds of enormous cave weta on the ceiling. Helmets, lights and guides provided. Hot drink and snack provided in the cave. Allow 3 hours. Maximum group size of 12 people per trip. Click here for the Downstream Gardners RAMS.

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Huhunui CaveHuhunui Cave

(Y5 and Up) $25 per person. Start, finish and payment is at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company.

  • Follow a waterway either up or down stream, through this unique cave. Get up close and personal with cave weta, glowworms and other cave fauna. Students will get wet and possibly muddy in this cave as the water can be up to their waists. Helmets, lights and guides provided. Hot drink and snack provided in the cave. Allow 3 hours. Maximum group size of 12 people (including adults) per trip. Click here for the Huhunui Caving RAMS.

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Cave World Adventure – Tube It

(Y9 and Up) $75 per person.

  • Enjoy the thrill of the waterslide in this exciting cave tubing trip through Footwhistle Cave. Helmets, wetsuits, boots, guides and light snack provided. Allow 3 hours. Bring your own swimsuit, towel and toiletries for a hot shower and hot snack afterwards. Maximum group size of 12 people per trip.

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Cave World Adventure - Night AbseilCave World Adventure – Night Abseil

(Y9 and up) $139 per person.

  • This is an amazing 50 metre abseil through a galaxy of stars (glowworms on the canyon walls) at night-time. Even the ladder climb out is amazing! This trip can only happen from dusk each night (earlier in winter but quite late during summer). 1 guide per 2 abseilers, so only small groups allowed (Maximum of 12 people per night). Allow 2 – 3 hours.

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Kiwi Cave RaftingKiwi Cave Rafting

(Y9 and Up) $99 per student, $160 per adult.

  • This cave tubing trip takes place in the Mangawhitikau streamway. It involves cave tubing, a 27-metre abseil to enter the cave, a rock climb to exit the cave, and a magnificent glowworm display. Swim suit, towel and spare socks required. Guide provides a camera bag, wetsuit, boots and other equipment. Maximum group size of 6 people per trip. Allow 5 hours.

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Waitomo Adventures – Tumutumu Toobing

(Y9 and Up) price on application.

  • Float, walk and swim through a spectacular cave under the light of glowworms. Excellent stalactites and rock sculptures. A good combination of cave tubing and wild caving. Helmets, wetsuits, boots, guides and light snack provided. Bring your own swimsuit, towel and toiletries. Maximum group size of 8 people per trip. Allow 4 hours.

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Waitomo Adventures - Haggas Honking HolesWaitomo Adventures – Haggas Honking Holes

(Y9 and Up) price on application.

  • A fast moving adventure that includes three abseils down 10 metre waterfalls. Wild caving, optional squeezes and glowworms up close. Bring a swim suit, towel and toiletries. Guides, helmets, lights, wetsuits, boots and a light snack provided. Maximum group size of 8 people per trip. Allow 4 hours.

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