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Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Epic Tour - 7 Hours

Experience the most adventurous and dramatic caving experience in the world with Waitomo Cave's ultimate caving tour!


  • The biggest Adventure Caving Activity in New Zealand, run by the same operators since 1987
  • Majestic 100 metre abseil
  • Homemade lunch and BBQ dinner from local suppliers, cooked by your guides. Dietary requirements catered for.
  • Beautiful Glow worm displays throughout the tour, culminating with the magnificent Glow worm chamber
  • Two guides, max 8 clients
  • Free personalised photos

Descend the world's highest commercial abseil into a cave - engulfed by 330 feet of surrealistic beauty.

Once inside, the adventure has only just begun as you plunge into a raging subterranean river and head for the submergence - swimming and climbing through cathedral-sized vaults, jumping and climbing through underground waterfalls and overcoming the cauldron and shin breaker alley on the way.

No experience is required for you to take on the challenge of one of the most special and wild places in the world - a remote wilderness in its natural, pristine state.

Waitomo Adventures are a consistent Certificate of Excellence Winner with Trip Advisor and are ranked the number 1 attraction in the area with a 5-star rating - Come and see for yourself why this is a must-do attraction in an experience that will remain with you forever.

Per Person $595.00

What's included

  • Wetsuits, gumboots and all specialist gear.
  • Lunch and Dinner are provided on the trip (Please let us know on the booking form if you have any special dietary requirements).
  • Hot showers provided before heading back to Waitomo


  • Allow approximately 7 hours for the whole experience


  • 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo


  • Important: Discount bookings cancelled by you the customer are strictly non-refundable. Discount bookings cancelled well in advance (48hrs+) may at the operator's sole discretion be eligible for a return voucher to enjoy the activity at another date.

    Requirements: Be reasonably fit, at least 15 years of age and fit through our cave crawl squeeze test.

    Group sizes: 8 people max (Larger group format also available).

    Minimum Age: 15 Years. All children 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or mature adult known to the child and aged 18 years and older. 

    Photography: Personalised photos are provided to clients via internet at no extra charge. No client photography equipment is permitted. Please inquire if you require a private photography tour.

    Location: 1227 Waitomo Valley Road, Waitomo

  • What to bring: Please bring swimwear, shower items, towel, and thick socks that cover the ankle.

    Fitness Test: If the guide(s) on the day have any doubt about a client’s fitness they may ask them to prove it by completing a fitness-test. One quick and simple test we may use is “to step up and down a 20 cm (8 inches) step not less than 45 times in 60 seconds”. We strongly recommend clients complete this test before they book their activity and before they travel to Waitomo. Clients may also be requested to submit to breath-testing for alcohol or other drugs. Where appropriate, guides may at their sole discretion cancel a departure or remove an unsuitable client from a departing trip for any safety-related reason.

    Pregnancy: We do not recommend abseiling ( rappelling ) during the 1st and 3rd trimester due to the need to wear a tight-fitting harness across your waist during the abseil. All pregnant clients wishing to participate in one of our adventure options must provide a medical certificate from their General Medical Practitioner confirming that they are fit for abseiling ( rappelling ) and caving.

    This policy is required for us to comply with the NZ Adventure Safety Regulations.

Available Bookings from December 21 to December 27

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  • Per Person$416.00

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Nitin Tyagi from New Zealand wrote on 08 January 2020

Worth every penny and more

I did this on a friend's recommendation. A bit sceptical at the start because of the cost but I'm so glad I went for it. Had a fabulous experience with Craig and Joel, both of them have good knowledge, are super friendly, kept us safe, know how to read their group well and cater for their needs. I've promised myself to be back again (real soon) for another experience because the first one hasn't sunk in yet! Looking forward to see you all again.

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aliciac3 from Singapore wrote on 30 November 2019

A GREAT experience you cannot miss

My friend and I initally thought of doing the Lost World 4 hour experience. After learning the 7 hour Epic adventure, we decided to go all out and have never looked back. This 7 hour experience is really EPIC and worth all time and energy invested. Most of the time is spent in water and navigating through rocks in the cave which those who did the 4-hour wont get to experience. In fact, we felt that, except for the abseiling, the experience would be sub-par for those who did the 4 hour one. If you take a look at the photo, the 4 hour tour ends at the ladder and you do a bit of a hike above ground. Truely grateful to be able to be do the 7 hour epic. It does requires some level of fitness and you can do it slow and steady. Our group was able to be ahead of schedule and thus, we get to do a couple more stuff in the cave. In total, there are 3 spots to sit down and rest to see the glow worms (the first spot is where the 4 hour tour ends, the other 2 spots are only available in the 7 hour epic as they are in the caves and they are far better than the first spot) The guides were very experience and were very safety conscious. Thank tou for making this experiece so great for us.

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Claudia Vicencio from Australia wrote on 19 November 2019


This tour was out of this world! We really enjoyed and considered it’s totally worth it and would definitely do it again. We enjoyed specially the jumps in the dark through the rocks, the waterfall climbing And of course the delicious treats they had for us. Our guides Were absolutely amazing and they accommodated stuff a bit more challenging for us while we were waiting for the rest of the team so everybody could have so much fun! The seven hours are full of movement so I recommend to have a nice breakfast and good rest the night before as it is challenging at times. Can’t recommend this enough! Do it!!!

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Wayne Poolman from South Africa wrote on 23 September 2019

Awesome experience

Unfortunately there weren't enough people for the tour but the Waitomo Adventures team managed to come up with an alternative for me. They did offer a refund or reschedule but based on my plans I was glad they had made a concession to accomodate me. Went on the 4 hour tour (so still did the 100m abseil) and Haggas Honking Hole). I built up a decent sweat at timesso there is definitely a physical price to pay, but nothing comes for free. My guide (thanks TK) was very informative, calm and methodical with his checks so huge thanks to hime and the great team at base camp. All in all loved both caving experiences.

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Murray McDonald from New Zealand wrote on 01 November 2020

A great experience

An experience that anyone with a little sense of adventure should under-take. This was so much better than we thought it could be. Absolutely value for money.

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