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Waitomo Adventures - Lost World Tour - 4 hrs

This dry caving adventure while surprisingly gentle is an elating experience not to be missed! Just ask Tom Cruise - he's done it 4 times!


  • New Zealand’s largest and arguably most breathtaking commercial cave
  • The unforgettable 100m abseil – the world’s highest commercial abseil into a cave
  • Beautiful glow worm display
  • 30m ladder climb out of the cave system
  • Small tour numbers, max 8 persons 1:4 guide to client ratio
  • Free personalised photos

Your journey to another world begins with an abseil 100m below the earth's surface secured by your guide who descends alongside you.

Slowly you lower into the void, turning on the rope like a spider as the world transforms around you. The light filtering through the mist gives unearthly qualities to the unusual plant life and formations of the cave.

The cavern you have abseiled (rappelled) into is over twice the height of any other cave in Waitomo and it's beauty and grandeur are unsurpassed.

From here you embark on a subterranean adventure back to the surface through another giant cavern. You'll see glow worms, huge limestone formations and conquer a 30-metre long ladder climb.

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.

Photography: Personalised photos are provided to clients via the 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

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.

Per Person $425.00 (Min age 10 years - please see age restrictions below)

What's included

  • Boots, overalls and specialist caving gear.


  • Allow approximately 4 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.

    Minimum Age: 10 Years. All children under 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. 
  • What to bring: Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing (Jeans not advised due to being potentially restricting) and thick socks that cover the ankle.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Sandra Hansen from Canada wrote on 06 March 2019

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If your ready for a jaw dropping adventure this is for you. The experience was magical and made all the better as the safety precautions that were taken took all your worries away and let you enjoy the beauty around you. Amazing!

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Claire from Australia wrote on 07 August 2019

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Completely in awe

I thoroughly recommend doing this especially in the off season I was the only one on this particular day it was an amazing drive out there my guide TK? Or TJ or .. I’m sorry I forget his nickname but he was a great guy with a fantastic manner and took his time to show me all this wonderland had to offer. Stepping up to the abseil platform my guts churned my pulse quickened and after a safety briefing he said ... now swing over and place your butt on the beam over the deep cavern below 😳😳 It was everything that was advertised and more such an amazing prehistoric world down there ... so your self a favor and jump into the 100 mtr deep abyss and savor every moment Thanks guys for an amazing time Glenn South Australia 👍👍👍

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Leanne from New Zealand wrote on 03 June 2019

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Amazing Abseil

A fantastic trip from start to finish. It was just myself and my husband in our group and we had the most amazing time with our guide, TK. The best bit was definitely the abseil but we saw glow worms and went on a hike through the cave too. Be prepared for the mission up the ladders at the end :)

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Sarah from New Zealand wrote on 10 February 2019

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Awesome experience

This was a fantastic and very well run experience. Our guides Craig and Kenny were fabulous, knowledgeable, helpful, kind and professional. They were also fantastic with the kids who were on the trip with their parents. We would just have liked to do more, next time the 7hr epic tour!! Highly highly recommend!

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Chantal from Australia wrote on 17 December 2018

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Our guide was a Brad. He was very courteous, safety conscious, knowledgeable and professional. I did this adventure with my 13 year old daughter. We both have experience at caving, canyoning and abseiling. It was exceptionally beautiful and well worth the money. I have done all except one of the Waitomo cave experiences and this is certainly the best of the bunch in my opinion.

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