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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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Great tour

First rate operation at waitomo adventures. Safety was always first and enjoying the experience was right behind. It was a great experience my wife and I will surely treasure... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First rate operation at waitomo adventures. Safety was always first and enjoying the experience was right behind. It was a great experience my wife and I will surely treasure forever. Our guide Craig was top notch! Can't wait to come back for another excursion!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great trip with very experienced, friendly and informative guides. I've done a lot of caving in lots of deep wild caves and this was the first commercial cave trip I've ever done. The abseil was nice but the cave itself is spectacular. For an experienced caver the entrance tomo is magnificent and this is what I came for. Cameras are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip was one of those experiences you will remember forever. The staff is super friendly and made the trip so much fun. Just do it. You won't regret it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lost World Tour is highly recommended and the guides were wonderful. Both guides were really encouraging, experienced and I always felt safe.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a fantastic time with our two guides Gareth and Fish, especially for my wife who was very nervous about the 100 meter decent. Because of the safety procedures they have in place she was totally comfortable. The trip down, into, around and out of the cave were awesome and insightful. Would recommend this tour or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First the good part: The cave is spectacular, the rappel is dramatic and thrilling, the glow-worms are really good, the guides are helpful and the safety features are good. Now the less good part: The 4 hours includes all of the time getting ready and driving to and from the site. The actual tour only includes the rappel, a walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great descent with our star tour guide Ian minus the Oakley sunglasses, a truly amazing lifetime opportunity don't drive past if you are nearby!!!!! 4 hr lost world tour , apparently 23 undiscovered caves also ....... give or take .......thanks to all best trip yet Shaun Jude Max , Xmas bonus for IAN recommended 😜😜😜

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did 8a tour Dec 30, 2016. Family of 4(son 14, daughter 20), plus a father and ~23 yr old daughter from Germany. Top notch operation. Max of 4 people per guide. Senior guides Craig and Sarah were both excellent ... safety training was thorough ... custom photos taken by the two of them during the trip are really unique(part of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow!! If there were more stars on TripAdvisor this trip would get it! I was looking for a glow worm cave adventure, not just walking into a tourist cave to see some sights. My wife did not want to get wet for the wetsuit immersion cave trips, so I picked this. Although I had rappelled before (abseil in German) I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My brother and I visited Waitomo with our parents in early January. We had both done abseils before but had not been in quite some time and were excited by the opportunity to do the 330 ft rappel. To say that the experience was incredible and a one-in-a-kind visit would not do this excursion justice. It's incredible to harness in... More 

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