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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.

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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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The abseiling and caving experience was absolutely fantastic, from our calm and knowledgeable guides to the view coming down the rope and into the caves. We loved it all and would... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The abseiling and caving experience was absolutely fantastic, from our calm and knowledgeable guides to the view coming down the rope and into the caves. We loved it all and would recommend to all - there are a couple of heart-in-mouth moments but it added to the fun!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great experience. A thrillvto abseil down into the cave. Felt really safe, thanks to the good work of our guides, Gareth and Fish. The caving was really interesting. Loved learning about it all. Bonus was meeting the resident eels. Thanks again....will be back to do the 7 hour one!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The entire experience was great! The Absail down was out of this world, it didnt even feel real. Glow worms were really cool, and you have to climb a vertical 90ft ladder out. Lots of fun!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour is so incredible! Breathtaking view, experienced guide and amazing glow worms! Definitely want to do it again next time! Everyone should add this tour to your bucket list!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

These cave worth a visit very well organised and saw lots of glow worms we had a great guide and would highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of four from Australia had an awesome time, Scott and Emma were awesome guides and knew a lot about the area. The abseiling was great fun and it's cool that we could all go down together as a family of four. The highlight for us was actually the walk and climb back up, the views in the cavern... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did this trip 21 years ago in my honey moon, and now back with my 3 teenager. It continuous to be one of my favorite activity I did in New Zealand.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I did this and it was one of the highlights of our recent New Zealand trip. We had an excellent guide with Craig. This was my first time abseiling and under Craig's instruction I felt relaxed and comfortable. The cave and the scenery is just stunning. If you are planning a holiday to the North Island this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks to our very professional funny and informative guides Fish and Gareth . You guys made my wife Sarah feel very safe and made sure she had a great time myself included. Would recommend this to anyone who is visting NZ .put it on the must to do list. Cheers guys

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was literally the best part of our 3 week NZ trip and couldn't possibly recommend anything better!! The staff were incredible, knowledgable and fun but the best part was that they've got something truly unique down there, I've been to 21 countries in the last 12 months including caving in Mexico and Costa Rica and this beat both of... More 

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