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Address: 654 Waitomo Caves Road | Waitomo Adventure Centre, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-878 7788
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

There are now two DRY options in the Amazing Lost World Cave.

They are both...

There are now two DRY options in the Amazing Lost World Cave.

They are both awesome.

One includes a huge 100m abseil, the other has no abseil and instead has a zip line 80m up in the roof of the massive cavern.

To avoid confusion, we tried to list these two options separately with Tripadvisor. Inexplicably, Tripadvisor have advised us that they believe these are the same activity and wont let us have a separate listing. We assure customers that they are VERY different so please see our website or contact us for more detail. We want to ensure you get what you're expecting and also the option that's best for you.

Lost World 4 Hr Option (allow approx. 4 Hours)

(This is the option that has been going for almost 30 years).

Abseil/Rappel 100m followed by a dry caving adventure as you explore this magnificent cave system.

Surprisingly gentle - freehanging in a massive void... Bouncing a bit because of the sheer length of the rope.

The roar of the Mangapu river echoes up from caverns far below.

Beams of light seek to penetrate the eerie mists.

Weird plants cling desperately to the sheer rock walls.

It's like being lowered into the bowels of some prehistoric animal.

Climb back over slabs of rock and ladders. Excellent glowworms.

Min age 10 yrs. No experience required.

Operator is Local Family and has over 29 years of safe operation.

Operations is Qualmark and Outdoorsmark Endorsed.

FREE PHOTOS OF YOUR TRIP SENT BY INTERNET

Lost World Through the Window

(The is the new option Started in 2016 - allow approx. 3.5 hours)

This relatively gentle option has no abseiling (rappelling).

Also because we don't go to the bottom of the abyss, there's only a few glowworms.

Instead it has a zipline and also a tyrolean traverse as you make your way high up in the ceiling of the cavern.

Its a bit quicker (about 3.5 hours); less physically demanding and also at a lower price point than the abseiling option.

The views however are unbelievable and you will know that you are indeed in a very special place.

Min age 10 yrs. No experience required.

Operator is Local Family and has over 29 years of safe operation.

Operations is Qualmark and Outdoorsmark Endorsed.

Free photos of your trip sent by internet

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Absolutely amazing!

Did the 4-hour option with my wife, and was easily the highlight of our trip. Our guides Chris and Shawna were just wonderful - made us feel completely safe, kept the trip... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Amogh V
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Cupertino, California

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Did the 4-hour option with my wife, and was easily the highlight of our trip. Our guides Chris and Shawna were just wonderful - made us feel completely safe, kept the trip enjoyable and were happy to take many pics (unlike another local company that we went with as well). And yes, the pics are included! The abseil down is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This has easily been one of the best things we've done in New Zealand! Simply awe-inspiring and incredible - can't recommend it enough. Our guide Craig was the best, and helped make the tour even better, he was particularly good with two of our party of four that weren't good with heights. Thank you Craig! Felt expensive when we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a really cool thing to do! You won't regret it! Our guide Craig was super friendly & fun & made us feel very safe and calm at the scary abseil! You feel so proud of yourself after the descent, the hardest part is the start but once you're on the ropes & look around at the beautiful cave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful, safe, incredible experience with our guides B-rad and Gav. Thank you from our whole family 'team australia' the Clarks, including our 2 brave kids @kylecstar @corescjc

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Craig and our other guide were so great and the scenery was fantastic. This would probably not be the best tour for those with mobility issues since there's climbing and slippery rocks to navigate, but the cave was incredible!

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour was just amazing. I was nervous before the abseil, and again on the ladder at the end, but our guide (Brad) was reassuring and helpful and great fun to hang out with for a morning. We went on a lovely sunny day, and the abseil into the Lost World was breathtaking. Brad knew where to take the best... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a hi lite of our trip. I don't enjoy heights so I was somewhat concerned. Once hooked up and ready to go, this was a breeze. The toughest part was the 100' climb out. As mentioned in other reviews, you should be reasonably fit. Guides were great and always looking out for you. Yes the 4 hours includes... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A really amazing experience. At some moments you even feel inside an Indiana Jones or Jurassic Park movie. Fantastic guides, very professionals and funny people. I would definitely repeat the experience if I come back, but I would probably do the 7h as the 4h is including the transportation to the site the preparation of the equipment and the safety... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Starting with 100m abseil, this is a great way to experience the Waitomo caves. It really is another world.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Me and my wife did the 4 hour tour, we had no abseiling experience, nevertheless our guides were very careful with the explanations and their foremost concern was the group safety. 100% recommended, this experience is something unique that you will probably not be able to experience anywhere else.

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